Stanzas Alicja Jasina (USA, 2017)
An animated short based on a poem by Aldous Huxley. Part of the project “CAMPFIRE POETRY CINEMA”
Directed by: Alicja Jasina
Produced by: Max Rothman at Monticello Park Productions
Animation and Design: Alicja Jasina
Music composed and produced by: Leo Caruso
Narrated by: P.J. Stoppleworth
Official Selection at: Les Sommets du Cinéma (Montreal International Festival 2017), New Film Makers (New York 2018), Animation Dingle (Ireland 2018), Athens Animfest 2018 (Athens, Greece) y The Film and Video Poetry Symposium 2018 (Los Angeles, California).
Archie Martin Zhou (2015, USA)
Award of Recognition, July 2015 at The Indie Fest, Film Awards
Short Noir movie film by American director Martin Zhou.
Jazz Noir and Crime jazz.
Starring: David Ryan, Ran Wei, y Thomas Cokenias.
Archie. Open, The killer scene
Archie. Mystery Locker Scene
Archie. The Same Blue Rain & Run for murder scene
Archie Transition street scene
Archie. Last waltz, end titles
The Message Milana L.Walter (2006,USA)
A short film by American filmmaker Milana L.Walter.
In the form of a docu-drama, The Message tells a story focused on negligence, corruption and accountability of the political power during the last tragedy in the city of New Orleans, after the devastating effect of hurricane Katrina.
As this is one of the capital cities of blues music, Leo Caruso used different elements of this genre, together with other typical elements in classical suspense movies, to create this soundtrack.
Starring: Dionne Smith, Yadira Correa, Jason Palmer, Andrew Staton and Brian Bogulski.
This film has been screened in the Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Blues Festival and was an official selection at Black Harvest Film Festival.
The Message Katrina’s Blues scene
The Message. Scenes 05, 06 & 07
The Message. Final scene and end Titles
Last Notes (Black) Dominic DeLay / Mud Puddle Films (2005, USA)
A feature film by American director Dominic DeLay, starred by Kaline Carr (well-known for her roles in TV shows like ER, and J.J. Abrams’s Alias, among others), Last Notes is a work made up of a series of four films: Red, Green, Blue and Black.
Leo Caruso was asked to compose the original music for Black, which uses a narration with resources from the 40’s and 50’s Film Noir.
The jazz language of the time, the sounds of so-called Crime Jazz, which was predominant in black and police movies until the end of the 1960s, were the aesthetic elements chosen to compose this movie soundtrack.
Experimentally treated, the four movies focus on a single topic from different views: a 40-year old actress experiencing an existential crisis and feeling ignored by the industry decides that committing suicide on camera will be her last great performance.
This film has been screened in festivals since 2006.
Last Notes, Black 3
Last Notes, Black 2
Football Dreams Ale Corte/AC Productions (2005, UK).
Football Dreams, deals with the labor exploitation of minors by big soccer clubs across the world; one of the dark sides of this sport business.
Football Dreams Trailer
The Cardboard Train Ale Corte/AC Productions (2005, UK).
A documentary by filmmaker Ale Corte.
In this case the director worked with four pieces by Leo Caruso; styles in these pieces range from Impressionism in the Eric Satie style to electronic tango and songs.
The Cardboard Train focuses on the daily life of the cartoneros, the manpower formed by numerous victims of unemployment, as the result of the last Argentine crisis, who recycle the cardboard obtained from the city’s garbage. The movie is starred by a little girl whose parents are cartoneros, and who in spite of her tough life keeps those features of hope and innocence that characterize childhood.
The Cardboard Train Trailer
Video game soundtrack:
Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern / Procedural Arts. (2005, USA)
Leo Caruso was asked to develop various segments of the incidental music for this game (four composers were involved in the production).
Façade is a unique project that revolutionizes the limits in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and interactive design.
Defined by The New York Times as “the future of videogames”, it was developed as part of a university art/research experiment in electronic narrative by the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The premise for the composers was producing an environmental music style, seemingly relaxing, but suggesting a subtle touch of restlessness, a sensation of latent, almost unnoticeable discomfort.
Façade’s characters, who seem to be gifted with their own minds, dreams and aims, respond to the player according to the personality that creators Andrew Stern and Michael Mateas have given them.
The characters do not react to certain grammatical stimulus -as is usually the case in the context of traditional interactive narratives-, rather, islands of sense make a chain with player-generated phrases.
The game’s main characters behave as flesh and blood individuals facing the actual problem of a couple in conflict.
Façade already has more than a million users.