Joe Johnson

— Composing For Picture

Joe-Johnson_300x300Joe Johnson is a New York based composer and sound designer. In 2007, he was one of seven musicians accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. While there, Joe studied composition and jazz performance for two years with trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard (Red Tails, Malcolm X, Inside Man). He has toured with country legend Ray Price, and performed with Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson, John Williams, Kris Kristofferson, and Tony Bennett.

Since 2008, Joe has been creating music and sound design for film, advertising, TV, radio and stage under the moniker FNH (Felt, Not Heard). In 2009, Joe was awarded first prize at the Thelonious Monk International Composer’s Competition for his composition Shepherd Song. He sound designed the 2011 Comedy Central rebrand, which won a 2011 Art Director’s Club Gold Cube and a 2011 One Show Silver Pencil. In 2013 Joe became a member of the Art Directors Club Young Guns 11.



This course puts the “design” in sound design. Whether you play a musical instrument or just appreciate the level of detail that goes into creating drama out of sound, ADC Young Gun Joe Johnson walks you through the steps it takes to successfully compose for picture, through the lens of his recent score for “Black Martini” — a short film that offers a glimpse into the world of a 1950s lounge singer and his eccentric Hollywood entourage.


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