Music, Meet Film

Hali Duran 

Film MUSIC COMPOSER

 

 

 

 

About Hali

Twenty-three years ago, I picked up my first and last instrument that I would ever play: the violin. I had just turned three. My parents started me with the Suzuki Method, but by the age of five I had moved away from classical and dove head first into the fiddling world.  From this journey in life inspired my endeavors I am pursuing now: music composition for film.

I've always loved film, but my journey with film began when I started making my own movies with my brother and friends at the tender age of ten with my parents' camcorder. This was all happening while I was competing at fiddle contests and performing music with my mom. I was always working on some sort of script, all the while composing new songs on the fiddle. My mom got me my first camcorder for Christmas when I was thirteen (I think she was afraid I would wear out her camcorder) and my little Canon went with me everywhere, my crazy little compadre. 

Jump ahead 12 years and here I am, married with my own son, attending Berklee College of Music to pursue a degree in Music Composition for Film, TV and Games, and sometimes my life feels like a dream. Do I honestly get to wake up in the morning and compose music and write scripts for a living? The thing I have wanted to do since I was a little girl? Yup.

My dad used to say that good things come to those that wait, that all good things take time. I believe he was right.

Hali Duran. Photo by Gabriel Duran. Copyright 2016.

Hali Duran. Photo by Gabriel Duran. Copyright 2016.

 

Favorite life story

My accidental goose ride, literal goose ride. Yup, that happened.

favorite movie

The movie that started it all for me: Signs. Thank you, Mr. Shyamalan.

favorite score

Most definitely Jurassic Park (and one of my OTHER favorite movies might I add). John Williams is amazing.

Perseverance: That silent yet steady force that leads you through life and gets you where you know you were meant to be.

 

 

A few notable moments in my life:

I entered my first fiddle contest at the age of five and won NM Grand Champion Fiddler over all ages at the age of 10, 11 and 12. From there I went on to win Best Classical Performer at Modesto Junior College's Humanities Competition. I was also Assistant Concert mistress at Modesto Junior College Orchestra. I was 1st violin 3rd chair at the 2007 CODA Honors Orchestra, and 2nd violin 4th chair at the 2008 California All State Honors Orchestra, I have produced five albums, written numerous songs for violin/piano, as well as written, produced and directed numerous short films and commercials.

Fun Facts:

  • I didn't learn to read music until I was 16, I was self taught by ear.
  • My first violin lesson I taught was when I was seven
  • My first "major script" as a kid was "Quest for Mexico"

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