The Kirkie

The Kirkie premieres

I was privileged to write the score for Jim Krieg‘s fantastic short film The Kirkie, a spoof of all things Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. The film has been a hit at ComicCon, and what greater accolade can one aspire to?

The Kirkie, in the words of one reviewer, “revels in its geekiness.” It’s a story about three sci-fi devotees who, while on their way to a sci-fi convention, get sidetracked, improbably thrust into a dream world in which they reenact a fight scene clearly inspired by the very worst¬†dramatic fight scenes from the old Star Trek TV show. Then the movie comes to a head when the lead character gives the evil alien “the kirkie,” a dramatic fight gesture that Captain Kirk often ended alien battles with.

Writing the score for a film like The Kirkie was an endless amount of fun, because by and large, the sonic genre is already quite defined: it’s the world of the epic John Williams Star Wars score crossed with the comically overdone scores of the Star Trek TV show (most scored by Alexander Courage, Fred Steiner, and a few others). To write effective parodies of such classic and well-known genres requires a bit of skill and a lot of humor to be able to use those styles but turn them around for comedic effect. During the writing of the score, Jim fed me a steady diet of Star Trek TV show box sets and similar to immerse me in that world. My favorite cue is the fight scene, with its dramatic over-angular writing that seem so dated by today’s standards but now, when viewed through the prism of the original TV show, give it a 60’s sci-fi character. Working on a film like The Kirkie is a little like watching Leslie Nielsen parody movies; everything is overdone, yet overdone with great care, love, and imagination, which perfectly summarizes genius writer and director Jim Krieg’s work on this film.

1 day ago
Michael McDonald. That is all. His voice is healing. https://t.co/8xWdM58kSj
4 days ago
It's done. Perhaps the most epic a cappella production I've ever worked on, with a lot of help from my friends. Enjoy SUPERHUMAN: https://t.co/EU3Px3XN2Z #kpop #acappella @NCTsmtown_127 #NCT127_SUPERHUMAN
7 days ago
...and now sparklingthreads is planting earworms in my head... https://t.co/xcdFfRHPwy
7 days ago
It's like sparklingthreads is living inside my head. https://t.co/rWk2C2Os7w
1 week ago
Not a whole lot of sessions going on, so I had to step into my friend @danlutz's private session with @louiepalmerdrum. #50waystoleaveyourlover https://t.co/zZj3012VtG