James Wesley Stemple enjoys a prolific career composing music for film and television, applying his natural diversity of style and attitude to suit each project's inherent uniqueness.
Working from his state-of-the-art ProTools powered music production facility located on The Lot in West Hollywood, he employs an extensive and eclectic collection of musical instruments from all over the world that he uses in both traditional and completely unconventional ways.
"It is my goal to blend the finest and most effective elements from the acoustic and digital worlds to deliver premium sound and the biggest "bang for the buck."
James is comfortable working both domestically and internationally, and has crafted music for features, television, documentaries, animation, commercials and live performance. He has recorded with world-class musicians all over the globe including London, Rio de Janeiro, Sofia, Johannesburg, S.A. as well as numerous locations in the U.S.
He has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and to date has worked on over 20 films, scores of commercials and written hundreds of hours of music for television. He has been selected as a Sundance Composing Fellow, a Peer Judge for the Emmy Awards and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and has been featured in radio interviews, University lectures, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. His first concert work "Sleeping Giant" won First Prize in a national media music competition and was awarded a premiere by the Denver Symphony Orchestra.
James creates unique and distinctive sonic fabrics that are colorful, imaginative and custom tailored to his client's specific needs. His goal is to enhance and raise the client's project to a new level by crafting intriguing, one-of-a-kind musical solutions. In a digital age, he has found a way to stay true to his roots as a performer and orchestral alchemist - and when it is appropriate, combine the best of both worlds by augmenting fundamentally rich and natural sound with cutting edge technology.
Currently featured selections from a few of his signature scores include:
"WALT & EL GRUPO" is the story of Walt Disney's journey to South America in 1941 on the eve of the United States' involvement in WWII. A film blending art and politics, "WALT & EL GRUPO" is complimented by an original score written in styles from Brazil, Argentina, the Andes as well as vintage American swing. Preparation for the score included travel to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and New York to research styles, meet with musicians and scout studios. The original soundtrack was recorded in multiple locations with a stellar group of 35 musicians.
"SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS" is a testimony to his deep commitment to a project he believes in. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. It is a powerful look at crime and punishment, forgiveness and redemption - all brought about by a prison production of Shakespeare's Tempest.
"BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS" (also a Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee) is a rare and piercing look into the complex heart and soul of a literary iconoclast, whose work continues to resonate with each succeeding generation through its clarity and truth.
Please, take a few moments to sample some of the music from these unique and eclectic scores.
Feel free to contact James at email@example.com for links to his extensive catalog and his most recent work.
"Greatness doesn't come from asking for 'the same thing, only different.' Find someone whose aesthetic you admire and work with them to create something
new and exciting."
"The task of composing music for a film is a complex one which requires a musical solution that can consider many different (and sometimes competing) elements
and respond with an organizing thread that can be woven throughout. This musical thread may be called upon to take an aggressive role in the case of main titles
and highly emotional moments, or may best serve the picture by merely supporting what is already being said on camera in a very subliminal and transparent manner.
Sometimes the music may act as narrator (hopefully without editorializing). Sometimes its most powerful message is silence. The important fact is that it sets
a tone for the film that acts as a unifying element."
James Wesley Stemple
Audio CD/DVDs and links are available by request to interested production entities.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
- EXPLORING THE HIGH FRONTIER
- THE PINK PANTHER
- SLEEPING GIANT
First PrizeNational Media Music Competition |
Premiered by the Denver Symphony Orchestra
MOTION PICTURES & DOCUMENTARIES
- WALT & El GRUPO
Theodore Thomas Productions
Theodore Thomas, director
- SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS
Hank Rogerson, director
- BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS
John Dullaghan, director
- APRIL FOOL'S DAY
The Butcher Brothers, directors
- EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY
Red Dog Films
Marc Chiat, director
- DAMNED RIVER
Michael Schroeder, director
- EDEN AT THE END OF THE WORLD
National Geographic Special
Doug Bertran, director
- EXPLORING THE HIGH FRONTIER
Tim Scoones, director
- THE ROAD TO UBAR
Thomas Road Productions
Nicholas Clapp, director
- Journeyman *
- First Monday *
- Likely Suspects
- Perry Mason *
- Diagnosis: Murder *
- Jake and the Fatman
- Father Dowling Mysteries *
- The Pink Panther *
- Tiny Toon Adventures *
- Batman: The Animated Series *
- Goof Troop *
- Darkwing Duck *
- Marsupilami *
- * co-composer credit
Full list of credits available upon request.