Friday, February 23, 2007

O'Barr in Dallas on Saturday

O'Barr will be featured with other artists this coming Saturday, Feb 24th, in Dallas at the Art Love Project . If you are in the area, be sure and swing by and give it a look.

Thanks to Frank and for the information.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Welcome back Corvus!

With the resurrection of CrowFans and ABaHB, our good friend Corvus has opened up the halls of his Crow site Deadman Visits You. This is an excited time folks. I look forward to what 2007 has in store for the online community.

What do you think?

Hey, anyone out there? Read my rant from the 16th and let me know what your thoughts are. Does anyone out there give a damn about the franchise? Do you want to see it resurrected and pulsing with life?

The Halloween franchise should have been dead and buried after the abysmal part 5 and 6, but through the fan base, and in no short order the online community, the pulse has been kept going. The 9th film in that franchise is being shot now. It is a re-imagining of the first film. Though, as you will read below, I don't think we need to do that for THE CROW, but I do agree with going back to the basics, to what got things started.

I think if the CROW franchise were given a literal interpretation of the graphic novel like SIN CITY, we would see this franchise breath again. But we gotta make some noise people. So come on, what the blazes do you think?

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Friday, February 16, 2007

CrowFans Officially Relaunced & my Crow wish list

Frank has fully resurrected CrowFans as of this past Wednesday. This is the first step in the old Crow gang getting things back together. I look forward to what CrowFans, Deadman Visits You, CrowColl, ChambeRoom and ABaHB can do in putting this franchise back on track.

You want to know my wish list for this franchise? I would love for the franchise to take a Sin City turn. I know some fans would like to see a female Crow film. But folks, the time is just not right for that. Catwoman, Elektra, Tomb Raider, Blood Rayne etc, the female genre action movie is dead right now. Now is not the time to put a female led Crow film out in the market. The time IS ripe for us to go back to the beginning.

You ask, what do I mean by going back to the beginning? I don't mean a prequel or a re imagining of the first film. I am so sick of the attempts at redoing the original story. I mean the original O'Barr graphic novel needs to be put to film in a literal sense. With the success of SIN CITY, it has been shown that a faithful and literal interpretation of graphic novels can be done right and successfully. The film 300, another Frank Miller graphic novel, is coming to life. The time is right for one of the best graphic novels ever, THE CROW, to be brought to life in a b/w literal interpretation.

I say they get a director that knows the medium of comics and digital technology, pull in O'Barr as a consultant and you film the graphic novel in black & white and you tone down nothing about the themes in it. Once that has been done successfully, then they should go directly to the Kitchen Sink Press archives and do film versions of DEAD TIME, FLESH & BLOOD, WILD JUSTICE & WAKING NIGHTMARES.

Why the KSP comics? To be honest, they are, to date, some of the most original stories that I have read in the Crow universe. No slight against all the fan fiction out there, but none of those or the official movies in the franchise, have offered as varying degree of story line and originality as the KSP series did. The KSP comic series kept to the crow resurrecting mytho of love, death, revenge. However, everything else from the avatar's look, demeanor and abilities/weaknesses were totally different. I think that is exactly what the movies need to be; in the same family but each a totally different take on the mythos. Fans wanting the female lead story would get their wish with the graphic novel FLESH & BLOOD, while the other graphic novels in the series would give us story lines that fall within the same concept of love, death and revenge, but offer up variations to those themes.

Will this ever happen? I don't know, but if we make a loud enough noise, "the god's will notice us again." We have become a weak and silent bunch. The time is ripe that we make some noise and be heard. The technology has caught up now that literal interpretations can be done of graphic novels. The interest by the public is there. All that is needed is some person to grab this franchise by the balls and do with it what needs to be done with it.

Pressman, Dimension, anyone from those offices, are you listening? The franchise isn't dead, it is just time to bury the old way of doing things. Let the franchise flourish as it should.

What are YOUR thoughts? Let me know.

Take care.....

Jamie Christopherson Update

Jamie was the creator of, in my opinion, one of the best scores in the franchise with his THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER soundtrack. He recently sent out a newsletter and I figured we would reprint it here for all those that are not on his list:

Dear friends and music fans,

A while has gone by since my last newsletter to everyone, so I wanted to reach out and let you in on a few of the current happenings. A lot of the projects that I am working on are under tight wraps for the time being, so I’ll keep this letter pretty brief. Rest assured, I’m working very hard on a handful of exciting, cool projects!

With awards season upon us, I’ve been very fortunate to have been nominated for (and sometimes won) several awards this year. I’m glad that my music is being recognized, and it encourages me to work even harder on present and future projects.

Here are some notable nominations/awards:

5th ANNUAL GANG AWARDS NOMINATIONS (to be held at GDC in March 2007) -

Best Arrangement of a Non-Original Score
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

Best Original Vocal – Choral
Elven Morning from Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

Music of the Year (wow!)
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio (including music)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

*if you are a GANG member, don’t forget to vote!

Park City Film Music Festival (2007)

Best Impact of Music in a Documentary:
Silver Medal for Artistic Excellence
Goal Keepers (aka Children of Jordon Valley)

If you have an interest in reading videogame interviews, I did a series of them recently. They are viewable here:






Lastly, I’ve also been trying to give back to the film, game and TV music community as much as possible between projects, and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to do so. There are so many talented young composers out there, and anything that I can do to help out the truly gifted (and dedicated) ones among them will hopefully help our profession to maintain a high level of craftsmanship into the future.

Aside from being on panels and doing interviews, I have recently accepted a tutor position for an online film, game and TV music course called MUSIC FOR THE MEDIA ( The course is especially great at providing real world knowledge and assigning realistic projects to students.

Best wishes to everyone, and thanks for the continues interest in my music!


Jamie Christopherson

Music for Film, Games and TV
Soundelux Design Music Group
Studio: 323-603-5102
Mobile: 310-927-1769

Friday, February 9, 2007

Robert Zuckerman "Between the Lines"

Crow still photographer Robert Zuckerman can be seen in a taped episode of BETWEEN THE LINES. See update below.

It's a big week for KINDSIGHT on Barry Kibrick's great BETWEEN THE LINES - the number 1 tv show for book lovers everywhere! Please tune in and/or pass this along to friends. THANK YOU BARRY!!

Thirteen WORLD (Cablevision 132, Time Warner 715, Comcast 24, Patriot Media 156)
Friday morning and afternoon, February 9, at 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM

WGBH-WORLD (Comcast 209)
Friday morning and afternoon, February 9, at 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM

NEW ENGLAND (check for local channel)
Friday morning and afternoon, February 9, at 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Friday morning and afternoon, February 9, at 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Sunday night, February 11, at 11:30 PM

KRCB-TV and "On Demand" at:
Sunday morning, February 11, at 10:30 AM