Limited edition of 1000 copies.
BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents FINALE, featuring music composed by Shawn K. Clement for the 2009 horror film written and directed by John Michael Elfers and starring Carolyn Von Hauck, Suthi Picotte, Brad Barnes, Elizabeth Holmes and Steven Nieport. FINALE was well received on the film festival circuit in 2009, including being chosen as an official selection for SCREAMFEST 2009.
FINALE tells the story of Helen Michaels' descent into madness after she finds her son, Sean, hanging dead. Even though her family is convinced Sean committed suicide, Helen begins to believe that there are darker forces at work. As she begins to investigate Sean's death, Helen discovers that her daughter's high school is being used as a recruiting ground for a cult that may be using the students for occult rituals that include sacrifice. When cult members learn of her investigation, they summon a demon called The Collector to destroy the Michaels family. Will Helen be able to pull herself from the edge of madness and find the strength to protect her family?
Inspired by actual events from the director's life, FINALE is reminiscent of films like SUSPIRIA, HELLRAISER or ROSEMARY'S BABY, shot in Super 16mm to capture an authentic 1970's feel, with all practical in-camera effects, borrowed from the lost arts of early film magicians. For FINALE, the producers interviewed over a hundred composers but were impressed by Shawn K. Clement's ability to quickly switch gears and write music in different styles, from haunting sentimental flashbacks to pounding action scenes, as well as his skill at incorporating unique musical instruments with a classical orchestral sound.
Originally from Massachusetts, Shawn K. Clement was exposed to music at a very early age in his father's music store, where local Massachusetts rock legends like Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist for Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, shopped and hung-out. Shawn pursued his love of music from the early age of 12 when he picked up the guitar and began his music career. Clement excelled academically and segued into composing when he studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Anxious to go out and pursue his future, in 1993 Clement first visited Los Angeles and joined a country band with a regular residency at the hottest club on the Sunset Strip, Roxbury. He played sessions with a diverse roster of musicians including Skunk Baxter, Don Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, B.B. King and Harry Dean Stanton. In 1994, he decided to live in Los Angeles full time and began his work in film music.
In 1996, his life was forever changed when he signed on to score the first reality television franchise, World's Wildest Police Videos. World's Wildest Police Videos continues to air in the United States and all over the world and has generated a long line of work for Clement in the genre, including series and specials such as World's Scariest Police Chases, Avoiding The Moment of Impact (2&3) and When Good Pets Go Bad 1 & 2 (all for Fox Television); plus The World's Most Amazing Videos (NBC), The World's Most... series for Discovery Communications, and the World's Scariest Ghosts, hosted by James Coburn on ABC. Clement used the reality format to define a new musical genre that, for years now, has dominated primetime viewing. ASCAP presented Clement with a most impressive award – the prestigious "ASCAP 2000 Film and Television Award" for Most Performed Underscore, recognizing this accomplishment.
Although Clement dominates this notable niche, it's simply one facet to a multi-dimensional composer. His versatility can be seen in diverse projects in film, television and video games, across all genres. While the darker, intense side of music appeals to him the most, Shawn's extraordinary versatility takes him down every musical path imaginable. His music has been heard on television shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Extra Magazine, The Guiding Light, Ally McBeal, Donny and Marie, Married....With Children, Another World, The Maury Show, Wasteland, As the World Turns, Crime & Punishment, Ray Bradbury Theatre, The Heights, California Dreams and the acclaimed Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-1998), as well as two Batman animated films, Batman: Rise Of Sin-Tzu and Batman: Vengeance.
In addition to scoring, Clement is one of the few composers who is also an accomplished songwriter. While composing for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, he also created songs that have reached cult status. Clement's sensibilities as a live player are but one key to his artistry. A mastery of musical gear has won Clement endorsements from Yamaha Guitars, Cakewalk Music Software, Garritan, Seymour Duncan, Dean Markley Strings, Rocktron, Lexicon, EMU, Frontier Design, Peavey and Nemesys. He has been featured in full-page ads in Mix, Keyboard, EQ and Recording magazines to promote gear for Frontier Designs.
BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents FINALE, featuring music composed by Shawn K. Clement. FINALE is a limited edition release of 1000 units.