Posts tagged “Daydream Nation


So there are two aspects to this job. One aspect we are really, really good at (the one about making music and putting it to the moving picture) and the other, well……. could use some work (self promotion).

So it is with an emboldened sense of self worth that I present, FINALLY, a composer’s reel.

It’s like a resume for us creative types.

We chose to use two compositions to show diversity but not to overwhelm. A longer reel is given to future/past people we wish to work with/again. This longer version has multiple scenes with our music as it appears in the film itself.

In good conscience, I can’t add these to this post as some are actually the climax of the film. A film I’d hope you want to see.

Big love goes to Nick Taylor, an amazing director, editor, songwriter and brother for this edit.



Not getting Killed, and Canoeing in Paloma..?!!??, A round up!!!!!!!!

Hey Everyone….

Getting excited to see a screening of ‘Don’t Get Killed in Alaska’ in Toronto next week. Really can’t wait to see it on the big screen!! I would love for you all to see it as well. Hopefully in the new year we will see a wider release!!!!!

In the meantime, here is some more compositions from that film…

DGKIA screen

As well as some other projects we completed this year that will see a release next year……..

One that will be seeing the light of day is the wonderful ‘Road to Paloma’. Directed by Jason Mamoa.

This is a road movie about redemption, revenge and the consequences of both.


And this little beauty right here………Algonquin: the movie. It’s a movie. About Algonquin. And other WAAYYY more complicated family stuff……

Algonquin Poster

With Sheila McCarthy and Nicholas Campbell starring!!!!! It’s a Canadian movie for sure!


As always…Thanks for listening!!!

Toronto’s not the only town with a fest!!!!!

Hey Everyone,

As TIFF winds down on it’s madness, other cities gear up for theirs! We’re extremely proud to have 3 of the films we scored see screenings at 4 different fests!!!!!


We’ve got the trailers to prove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First is a film that we haven’t posted about yet. Algonquin, is funny and poignant film about Fathers, Sons, writer’s block, anger, and finding ones legacy. The score needed to be tender, but also playful. We tapped into the same inspiration that we had for our wild-man Ralph in the documentary ‘Beauty Day’. This movie allowed us to think outside of what we’re used to and that is always a welcome change!

Algonquin plays at Cinefest Sudbury

Here’s the trailer …

Here’s some cues that we love from the film…

This one we called ‘Iggy’s Theme’. Iggy is the youngest character in the film..For him, family has a more complicated meaning. This family at least.

This cue, you’ll recognize from the trailer. We scored it over a very reflective scene. How do you combine twin emotions of grieving and inspiration? This way.

The next film is the Wonderful ‘Don’t Get Killed in Alaska’. We’re especially proud of the performances by all involved! From the acting to the directing and the editing all the way down to….well everyone we’ve come in contact with on this film.

‘Alaska’ screens at both Cinefest Sudbury and the Calgary International Film Festival. Here’s the trailer…

For Ohad and I, certain performances really stood out. For me it was Rosemary Dunsmore as the mother. Troubled, and touching you can feel the longing and sadness she has to re-connect with her daughter. It doesn’t have the results she wanted. This cue is ‘Leaving Moms’


And last, but certainly not least….. ‘SPRING AND ARNAUD’ have screenings at the Atlantic Film Festival AND the Aspen Film Festival!!!!!!


Here are some more compositions from this amazing documentary… And also death. of Hotel Signs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you had a blast if you were at TIFF!! We have!! Saw some amazing films, met some fantastic film makers, and stayed up later than we should! So please, if you are in Sudbury, Aspen, Halifax or Calgary… Check out these films!

As always, Thanks for listening.

Ohad and Justin.

WEIRD Canada, Disco Nightmares, and a Waltz?

Hey Everyone,

As some projects end and others start, you find yourself dusting off some old ‘Ones and Zeros’ from thee computer machine and often find stuff you’d LOVE to share. So here is some of our favorite things just hanging out in the either.

First off, The Internet went and dug up something from our past!! Well, not thee INTERNET per se, but someone¬† by the name Christopher Batemen uploaded this little gem to a CBC affiliated web page called ‘Weird Canada’. A friend of his by the name..ahem..’BestFriendForLifePhil’ stumbled across one of Do Make Say Think‘s hand made early cassette demos at a local Salvation Army. I remember making these. In 1995 we had no designs on being a band. We just made single cassette runs and handed ’em out at shows. Seeing this blew my mind!!! Have a listen HERE

The next composition I’d love to share has a ‘Electronic Dance’ element. This unreleased track is an experiment in a genre of music that we have great love for. We wanted to give it a cinematic storyline, so we added a spooky element in the mix to give it a ‘late night in the wrong part of town’ feel. Perhaps there’s a big, scary disco record waiting for us to write….in the meantime…. enjoy this song we will simply entitle ‘OF..”


And How about we ‘Waltz’ outta here…. Well not exactly ‘waltz’ as this particular composition doesn’t fit into a standard structure of one. We just called it that when we were writing it for this amazing upcoming documentary we scored called ‘Semi-Sweet: Life in Chocolate’. It’s placement in the movie is thought provoking¬† and playful. This fantastic documentary will see a release soon and will update as soon as we hear about it. Until then….

The Waltz (Hershey)(1)

And heck, If you want to hear a REAL waltz….. Here is part of a score Ohad did for the film ‘Daydream Nation’ Called ‘Town Waltz’. Ohad’s score for Daydream is Epic, Masterful, and Moving. We’ll add some more teasers in upcoming posts.

Town Waltz

Daydream Nation Movie Poster | Movie Posters

As Always, Thanks for listening.

Telepathic Out Takes, Ohad Benchetrit & Justin Small