Spice (2016) Shown at Sedona Film Festival + GDC

It's been a while since I've done a blog post, so I figured its about time I wrote one! Recently, the short film Spice (2016) I worked on was entered into the Sedona Film Festival in Arizona and was well received! If you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer for the film. Its a quirky comedy about a middle aged couple attempting to film a sex tape, starring Steve Blackwood (Days of Our Lives) and Pamela Jayne Morgan.

In other news, I'm also heading to GDC in San Francisco this year! I had a great time last year, so I'm looking forward to meeting more wonderful devs, artists and composers again this year! Since its my second time around, the initial nervousness from last year has definitely worn off. If you see me, come say hi!


Buck's Bed and Breakfast (2015) Released!

Check out another project from Shoot the Moon Films that I scored, titled Buck's Bed and Breakfast! The short follows a couple who plan a getaway vacation to a cozy bed and breakfast, but they get more than they bargained for when they realize its actually a nudist resort!

Winner of the "Audience Award" and "Best Lack of Costumes" at the 2015 Providence 48 Hour Film Project.

I hope you enjoy it!

-Garett Schmidt

My Berklee Film Scoring Final Project

Hello again!

Now that my final semester at Berklee is over and I've had some time to catch my breath, I am proud to present Mr.Resistor, my Film Scoring final project!

This score was an unprecedented task for me, as it is probably one of the most demanding things I have written music for. Not only I was tasked with writing and recording wall-to-wall music for an 8 minute short in half a semester, but it was also challenging music to sync with the picture since I wanted to do quite a bit of Mickey Mousing, where the music heavily follows the action on screen like in old cartoons. The numerous tempo changes almost drove me crazy! I'm sure all my fellow classmates can relate and, like me, breathed a sigh of relief once it was all over. It was definitely a challenge, but a necessary one in furthering my craft as a film composer. I'm glad I did it, and I had a blast during the process.

All in all, I am quite happy with the finished product and I feel like the hard work paid off in the end. I'd also like to say a special thank you to all the musicians who played on this score, it gave it the extra bit of life that it needed!

If you watched it, feel free to let me know what you think. All feedback is welcome!


Garett Schmidt

Acceptance (2015) Officially Released!

Hello again!

I am proud to announce that Acceptance, a short that I scored for Shoot the Moon Films for the 2015 Boston 48-Hour Film Challenge has officially been released on YouTube!

The film follows a group of friends who are on the brink of mourning their terminally ill friend Jack and struggling to accept things in life beyond their control, including the fact that their old friend Shawn has now transitioned into a woman named Sharon.

This one was a challenge to score in such a short period, because I had to try and capture the different emotional layers of the film, with the whole score being written in about 5-6 hours. I decided to stick with solo piano for the most part, keeping it simple and understated to accent the drama without going overboard.

You can find the film under the videos tab at the top of the page, as well as embedded in this post. Let me know what you think, I hope you enjoy it!

-Garett Schmidt

Shoot the Moon Films presents, "Acceptance", a short drama that follows a group of very different people on the brink of mourning. A simple and sweet project Directed by Jeffrey Buchbinder, Produced by Curtis Reid, and Written by Natasha Darius and Nicholas Magrey. Starring: Nicholas Magrey, Christopher G.