Saturday, April 18, 2015

MONSTERS - Scoring Begins!

After a great shoot, and weeks of editing, Monsters is ready for me to add my music!  I really can't heap enough praise onto this short - very cool, and also very clever (a rare breed these days).

I can't wait to complete my work and share it with all of you!

If you would like a copy of the soundtrack, I believe you simply need to head over to the website to donate, and select the level that enables you to receive the Soundtrack from composer John Jesensky

Great stuff is happening with this one!!!


John Ross Jesensky - Monsters

John Ross Jesensky


Monday, November 3, 2014

Monsters: Or How I Learned to Love Socio-Political Horror Again

If you like old-fashioned thrillers that have very universal and timely messages about humanity, and strong social will love this. 
If you enjoy The Twilight Zone, and other sci-fi/horror tales that don't pander to audiences - they make you think while you are entertained - you will love this.

Please support the work of these talented filmmakers so that we can get this series made.  We are sorely lacking horror projects with real depth to them in this current studio system. 

Help us change that with a donation as small or large as you see fit!  Thank you so much!

MONSTERS: Short Film

John Ross Jesensky - Monsters2

John Ross Jesensky

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Godfather: Film with Live Orchestra

Ever since I was in high school, and bought my first John Williams Signature Edition score, I realized how vitally important the preservation and study of film music was.

The sad truth is that most written film scores are often locked away at the studios like the Ark of the Covenant - never to be seen again until Indy just happens to hit the very container it's located in during a haphazard car chase 30 years later. mind went blank there for a moment...where was I?

Oh for the past several months, I have been involved in a project during which I have embarked on transcribing, engraving and editing the original manuscript score for The Godfather in association with CineConcerts.  Check them out...they do amazing work.

The best part of this work, other than preserving a digital copy of history, is that CineConcerts then takes that edited and re-engraved score and does a world tour - performing the entire length of the film with amazing live orchestras.
If you have never been to an event like this, you owe it to the film lover within yourself to attend one.  There is absolutely nothing like watching a movie with a living breathing orchestra performing the score along to the picture.

If you live in Los Angeles, you are in luck!  The event is coming to the Nokia Theater in January - tickets are currently on sale.  Go out and enjoy The Godfather with the lush score by Nino Rota played for you will change you!

The Godfather: Film with Live Orchestra

John Ross Jesensky


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I know, I know...another non-film music post.  However, Weird Al made up a good portion of my childhood (hello, ladies!) and this music video is just so much fun...enjoy!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3.

Sorry, as an old-school Weird Al fan, I just can't help but post this for all of my fellow geeky composers to admire.

If you have never heard Al take on Zappa's style in "Genius in France" then you are missing out on a love letter of epic proportions.

This video reaches critical mass when a certain scientist comes in to Bill's rescue...

John Ross Jesensky

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

OK, let's be honest - I was born in 1984 - I worshipped Ghostbusters.  Sorry, that's not should be present tense.  I worship Ghostbusters. 

My wife doesn't get it - she acknowledges that Ghostbusters is a decent movie, but she doesn't quite get the hype.  After watching it she shrugged her shoulders, turned to me, and said "It was fine - I didn't think it was that good."

She now lives here:
John Ross Jesensky - Ghostbusters1

I'm not a monster though, she will be allowed out once she has the entire movie memorized, and has even played through the recent Ghostbusters video game on hard mode without getting hit once.

While I wait, I'm going to enjoy remembering the fun my friends and I had with our little plastic proton packs with the foam stream (can you cross foam streams?).  I'm pretty sure my dad ran over my trap with the lawnmower, also forcing me to banish him to the Containment Unit.  In my heart of hearts, I know it was my own fault for leaving my trap out where civilians could find it, though.

I leave you now with the greatest toy ever crafted.  This beats GI Joe, Barbie, Skip-It, Jurassic Park Dinos (with DINO DAMAGE!).  No, simply nothing can top this:
John Ross Jesensky - Ghostbusters2

Until next time...
John Ross Jesensky - Ghostbusters3

John Ross Jesensky


Monday, May 12, 2014

The Life of a Film Composer

Found this online and I find it is very accurate.
John Ross Jesensky - Film Composer

For the record I do sketch by hand before all the computer nonsense.  People write music, not computers.  That being said, this is very true.  That's all for now...back to the grind!

John Ross Jesensky