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Composer Chris Piorkowski’s Music Enhances the Filmgoer’s Experience

Chris Piorkowski is an award-winning film, TV, and multimedia composer. Having completed his graduate studies with a major in Music Composition for Film and Multimedia, Chris holds the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) terminal degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

He worked on countless projects at the legendary Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California. He has scored over 50 feature and short films, as well as many TV commercials. His music appears on ShowTime, PBS, and other network television stations. Among many other film trailers and multimedia projects, he composed music for Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek) and his company.

Photo Credit: Adam Mullins

What do you enjoy about being a film composer?

As a film composer, I've had the privilege of sharing my music, and when it makes a difference in this world, that’s worth living for. Scoring a picture is not only rewarding because the images generate ideas. The director’s overall vision allows me to support the emotional aspects of a film by finding the right mood needed and becoming a storyteller through music.

What are some of the projects you are currently working on?

I am currently working on an international feature documentary, The Burning Dancer, by Italian producer and director Alessandra Poli.

What makes you different from other composers?

I love film and the filmmaking process, from reading a script to going to the filming location. This allows me to be part of the story. I am well-versed in traditional film scoring and orchestration, yet I also see the importance of involvement in a sonic expansion as a sound sculptor, a sound designer, by offering the unique score that a film truly needs.

What is the most exciting about creating music for film and TV?

The exciting part is knowing that my contribution as a film composer will have a long-lasting impact even when I am not here anymore. It will influence as well as enrich the viewer’s experience in the movie theater.

What have been the proudest moments in your career?

Going to my film premieres and experiencing movies as the public views them for the first time.

As a film composer, what are you influenced by when you create something new?

Understanding human emotion, our interactions with one another, human relationships, and following the example of Christ.

What is your message for our Heart Of Hollywood Magazine readers?

Please reach out. It will be my honor to write music for your film. Thank you so much for this interview!

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