Christopher Caliendo

Los Angeles, California


About Me

Experienced Composer and musician with credits from SONY Pictures, 20th Century Fox, CBS, TCM and others. I started my career winning the Henry Mancini Scholarship for film. As am MFA student at UCLA I was introduced to composer Jerrold Immel (Dallas, Knott's Landing Paradise) and was hired as an orchestrator/composer. My big break with SONY occurred when I was commissioned by Grover Crisp to score, Major Dundee - directed by Sam Peckinpah. It was the first time a Hollywood composer was commissioned to rescore an existing film. The success of the restoration was brought to the attention of 20th Century Fox where I was commissioned as executive creative director to score The Iron Horse and Four Sons and oversee the hiring of 3 other composers for the mammoth Ford at Fox DVD box set. It won critical acclaim. The Academy of Arts and Sciences bestowed the Heritage Award for film restoration. The score to The Iron Horse was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate Fox's 75th anniversary among John Williams, James Horner, David Rakskin, Jerry Goldsmith and Rogers and Hammerstein. It was also selected as one of the top ten film scores by Film Score Monthly, programmed by the Venice Film Festival. I conducted the entire 2 hour plus score to film at the gala opening night of the Irish Film Festival, in Dublin.

I am a conservatory trained composer with a catalog of over 350 theatrical works of world music for classical musicians. I believe when hiring a composer you need to hire someone who is versatile in every style of music. The more versatile your composer is, the more options your film will have. A student of the electronic era, blending my classical background with electronics creates a product that enables directors to inspire their stories with eternal shelf life and appeal. Nothing should sound "dated". And music should never dominate your film. Silence is music and it should be respected for the integrity of the artisans performances and the audience. Please review my film demo reel - a link is provided in this profile. Also call me at 818 261 9530 and let me know how I can serve you. I will be delighted to hear from you.

I have been in the industry since 1998.

HOLLYWOOD FILM SCORING DEMO: From Sony Pictures to 20th Century Fox and Beyond
Added on 1/24/2023
:00 -:22 Capital Records scoring stage, Hollywood, California. Life is Love soundtrack. :22 - 1:11 Home studio/technology and its use 1:12 - 1:54 Netflix samples - traditional scoring v/s layering computer sounds 1:54 - 2:26 My First Break in Television: CBS Dallas, Knott's Landing, and Paradise 2:27 - 2:55 What I learned from Henry Mancini and winning his Film Scholarship 2:56 - 3:32 My First Break in Film: SONY Pictures 3:33 - 3:59 Dick Dinman Radio interview with Michael Anderson Jr. 4:00 - 4:22 20th Century Fox John Ford at Fox 4:23 - 5:09 The Iron Horse 5:10 - 6:28 Indie Films 6:29 - 7:07 Benefits and Value Propositions

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