Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

Chris Reyman, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Commercial Piano

Creating Music for Film

Get a behind-the-scenes look into my creative process for composing film music - from my first composition for the animated short film, Pigeon Impossible, to my more recent projects, including the music for the award-winning animated short film The OceanMaker. I will discuss how I use an “improviser’s mind” in my research, an approach that enables me to be successful at a wide variety of creative activities, ranging from completely improvised performances to fully composed pieces. In my experience, maintaining an improviser’s mind better equips people to respond to challenges in a positive and creative way by focusing on the process and collaboratively building with what’s available. I have found these skills to be beneficial not only in the arts and research, but also as an approach to life.