Taking The Plunge (Original Soundtrack)
Taking The Plunge is a Student Academy Award winning animation short film produced and directed by four students at the School of Visual Arts in New York: Nick Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult, and Thaddeus Andreades.
The score to Taking The Plunge follows the adventures of a young man who, while proposing to his girlfriend on a beach-side pier, lets the engagement ring slip from his hands straight into the ocean. Diving in, he will encounter various underwater creatures, including a helpful (and über-cute) octopus and a frightening, hungry shark. Although the score is in some ways reminiscent of traditional cartoons from the mid 20th century, the filmmakers wanted to avoid putting too much emphasis on scoring every little detail in the film, instead focusing on the overall story in a more cinematic way. To that end, the score was recorded with a full orchestra in Skopje, Macedonia, complimented with solo woodwind and piano for the tender and romantic moments.
Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by Jerome Leroy
Performed by The Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra. F.A.M.E.’S. Project, Skopje (Macedonia)
Conducted by Oleg Kondratenko
Recording Engineer: Giorgi Hristovski
Pro Tools Engineer: Boban Apostolov
Stage Managers: Riste Trajkovski, Evtim Ristov
Score Mixed by Matt Ward
Mixed at Momentum RLP Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Scoring Assistants: Justin Thompson,
Mastered by Patricia Sullivan, Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood
Album Art Direction by Javier Burgos
Thanks to Perrine and Joachim; Nick Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult, and Thaddeus Andreades; John McIntosh, Jimmy Calhoun, and the Computer Art Department staff at the School of Visual Arts in New York; Oleg Kondratenko, Aude Nassieu Maupas, and all the musicians involved in creating this score; Matt Ward, Justin Thompson, Mary Webster and the support team at Momentum RLP; James Jamail and Pat Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering.