By Kevin Zimmerman
(TiMER, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and The Perfect Family)
Classically trained at NYU and a graduate of the USC Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, Kaiser has since compiled credits in an eclectic
range of projects, particularly in film and television.
“I loved music in films growing up,” he says. “I lived in a small town in Minnesota, though, so I didn’t know that you could actually work in film music.” An encounter with the magazine Film Score Monthly changed all that, however, leading to his first post-USC gig, working for fellow SESAC film composer Christophe Beck.
One of Kaiser’s favorite projects remains the indie 2009 film TiMER. “I started the writing process by sampling antique clocks,” he says, “and I wound up combining that with live orchestra and guitars. I had a lot of freedom to create and I feel like it shows in the final product.”
With the recent release of another indie, The Perfect Family with Kathleen Turner, Kaiser says that nascent film scorers should take heed of current trends in entertainment, especially in regards to the Internet. “If the chaos and uncertainty don’t bug you, jump in and stick with it!”