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Friday, January 20, 2006

Dooley: 'When A Stranger Calls'

From the press (releases)...
Composer James Dooley scores When a Stranger Calls for Screen Gems and director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air). Starring Camilla Belle, Katie Cassidy and Tommy Flanagan, the film opens February 3. When a Stranger Calls is a retelling of the 1979 horror film that tells the story of a young high school student's nightmarish babysitting gig where she receives mysterious phone calls at the house to check on the children, only to find them dead. Dooley is well versed in the thriller genre, having previously collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the DreamWorks blockbuster The Ring.

Dooley's recent credits include DreamWorks' animated short A Christmas Caper starring the penguins from the hit film Madagascar, on which he previously teamed with Zimmer. This short was seen in theaters this past fall before the claymation feature Wallace and Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit for which Dooley provides additional music. Dooley also mixed and scored the new animated film, Urmel Aus Dem Eis, or Impy's Island as it will be known in the US. The film is based on a German children's book about a dinosaur that hatches in modern times on an island where animals learn to speak. Additionally, Dooley has scored some of the industry's most successful videogames including Socom 3, US Navy SEALs, which he recorded at London's Air Lyndhurst Hall with a 70-piece orchestra.

James Dooley is a graduate of New York University where he majored in Music Composition. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study film composition with such composers as Christopher Young and Elmer Bernstein. He joined Media Ventures in 1999 and collaborated with Zimmer both as his Chief Technical Engineer and as a composer. In addition, Dooley has partnered with to donate the proceeds from sales of his The Mars Underground soundtrack to the Red Cross national disaster relief effort. The Mars Underground is a landmark documentary about renowned aerospace scientist and visionary, Dr. Robert Zubrin quest for Mars exploration.