Emmy-winning composer shares skills with students
Silas Hite, the Emmy-winning composer who worked on “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and the Mac vs. PC commercials starring Justin Long, hosted a film screening and Q & A at St. Catherine University Monday evening.
The reception beganf with the screening of two short films scored by Hite – “The Record Breaker” and “Stories From The Evacuation” – and center around a lively, extensive Q&A. During the reception, guests experienced a multi-media gallery featuring Hite’s work in all its forms; watch films and commercials he has scored, listen to his music, play video games and experience his visual arts.
Hite, a 34-year-old Los Angeles-based artist, is sharing insights on his life as a freelance composer with students throughout the week. His credits music for TV (including “Blue Mountain State” and “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!”), films such as “Ramona and Beezus” and popular video games like “The Sims 2” and “The Simpsons Game.” His commercial scores have garnered an Emmy, a Grand Clio, a Cannes Cyber Gold Lion, a Grand Effie and Adweek’s “Spot of the Year.”
Hite is visiting the Twin Cities as a composer-in-residence for the Hilton Sisters Project housed at St. Kate’s, a national initiative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and aimed at raising awareness of Catholic sisters. Hite is working closely with St. Kate’s students to help them understand the power of music in filmmaking, podcasts and other multimedia.
Students are producing oral histories of Catholic sisters that are promoted during National Catholic Sisters Week, the banner event of the Hilton Sisters Project that is officially integrated into National Women’s History Month.
“Silas is uniquely suited to address the varied ways music is a part of our lives and how creators can shift from being aware to having it inform their work and life choices,” said Garrett Tiedemann, the digital media strategist for the Hilton Sisters Project who supervises the student production assistants and operates his own record label. “An individual who thrives on adapting to suit what life throws your way, Silas’ knowledge of storytelling and how music plays a part in it is an impressive immersion for the musician and non-musician alike.”