John Wiater

Emotional Film Composing

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My job as a composer is to emphasize your story as a director, screenwriter, and videographer. I firmly believe that a strong original score can elevate your visual project and tell your story more impactfully.

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Interview with John Wiater

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: Empathy. Kindness. Respect. Friendship. These are most important to me.

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: I love describing my niche as "Intimate Ambient Orchestral". But each film is a special snowflake. Each film calls for a unique palette of sounds.

  5. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  6. A: Jazz and hip-hop producers. I have an itching to compose orchestral and ambient music with a backdrop of jazz and hip-hop influences.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: Listen. Perhaps that comes as a surprise, or comes off as a joke. But we must listen. It starts with the first phone call - listen to what the director or writer is passionate about. Listen to their vision, and then listen to that dialogue in every cue - that is your "lead vocal".

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: Primarily orchestral & ambient film scoring. I produce piano-based compositions and ambient music, as well we produce and mix pop music.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Understanding & Communication. The utmost importance to me is understanding your creative vision for the project. That is how we will make the best collective creative piece.

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: Emotion and emphasis are what my scores bring the screen. As a composer, I am leaving an invitation to the audience to connect more with the overarching story of the film, or to empathize more (or less) with a particular emotion.

  15. Q: What's your typical work process?

  16. A: Story. Character. Narrative. My work process is always rooted in understanding what the goals of the story are and what we are trying to convey as a creative team. My musical decisions are in response to that question.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: Like many composers, I work from a home pro studio utilizing various virtual instruments and live instruments with professional-grade hardware and software.

  19. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  20. A: The first composers that inspired me to follow win their footsteps were John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Bergerson, Thomas Newman, Lights & Motion, Explosions in the Sky, Trevor Morris, and JunkieXL

  21. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  22. A: My passion is feature length film scores in the drama, crime, and sci-fi genres. The opportunity to play a part in the storytelling process through music is what fuels my internal fire.

  23. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  24. A: I promise to emphasize your story.

Time Pass by John Joseph Wiater

I was the Writer and Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I enjoy forming a friendship and relationship with the creative team as we aim to complete our visions, goals, needs, and timeline.

GenresSounds Like
  • Brian Eno
  • Alexandre Desplat
  • Trevor Morris
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • Cubase Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Universal Audio
  • Apollo Hardware
  • Spitfire
  • Native Instruments
  • Kontakt
  • EastWest Library
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  • Summer of ScoreAug 15, 2021

    What a spring and summer it's been so far: 3 shorts completed! A student film a-la "Mission Impossible meets The Incredibles", a crime-drama taking place on the Jersey Shore, and a love story about a homeless couple.

    Each had their own "+1" palette -- all based in the orchestra, with one having some extra piano/synth, and another incorporating acoustic guitar.

  • Current Featured Project: Feature Film Father/Son DramaSep 24, 2019

    I am so elated to be working on an upcoming feature taking place in my town of Philadelphia. A father/son drama with some mob implications. I could not put this script down, and have enjoyed working so much with the Director -- aligning on some classic score inspiration from Shawshank Redemption to Rocky to The Dark Knight.