Born and raised in Switzerland, composer Giona Ostinelli knew he was destined to compose. Inspired by the film "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark", he soon followed his dream and began learning drums and piano at age 5.
After obtaining a degree in film scoring from Berklee and attending USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, Giona has received critical acclaim from the Cannes International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and more.
His most recent project is the film "Two-Bit Waltz", starring Academy Award Nominees William H. Macy and David Paymer.
You recently said that it was important to use real musicians on your score for "Two-Bit Waltz". How did you incorporate those instruments?
"The score needs to emotionally move the audience by either making them laugh, cry, or even cringe in their seats. Having your music performed and interpreted by a real musician as opposed to just using samples adds an important human element to the score, which helps the audience to connect and relate to it.
It is true that the quality of samples is getting better and better each day to the point, where we can start to consider them as an instrumental choice rather than just a tool to help us create demos.
However, every tool has its purpose and should never be relied upon too heavily. I like to think about the relation of samples and live instruments in comparison to the use of CGI and actual models in films.
When you combine them together in the right proportion, amazing results can be achieved. An example of this perfect combination is the first Jurassic Park, which still to this day looks absolutely astonishing.
It is hard to achieve a great sound by using samples only, but when you combine samples and live instruments together, new fantastic sonorities can be achieved. That is why it was so important to record real musicians for the 'Two-Bit Waltz' score.
I try to record live as much as possible so that ten years from now, when listening back, I won't think 'Why did I only use samples?' "