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The Annotator

103 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Steve Horner - One Small Step

Los Angeles-based, Multi award winning Composer Steve Horner writes and produces exceptional music in a diverse array of forms and genres. His music has been heard in Film Trailers for Paramount, Lionsgate, Relativity Media and Netflix. Steve has also created custom music and sound design for: Verizon, Intel, Nokia, Boeing, NBC Universal,Target, AMC Theaters, Best Buy, Activision, and many others. He recently created the score for the Animated Short "One Small Step" which just finished an impressive, award winning festival run including two for Best Original Score. 

ONE SMALL STEP is an animated short from Taiko Studios co-written and co-directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas.

The animated short is about a young, Chinese-American girl, Luna, who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams. ONE SMALL STEP has already received 29 festival awards and 2 grand jury awards and 69 official selections!

In this episode, composer Steve Horner and co-director, Andrew Chesworth, talk about ONE SMALL STEP, their third collaborative effort for an animated short. They discuss both their sources of inspiration for the music (like Disney's animated features from the 1930s and 40s.) and also their goals for the short and just how important setting those goals were to the entire process. They also discuss how much more important the score becomes for this short which has almost no dialogue and why and how they chose to NOT score certain moments in the short.


02:46 - Introduction - Collaborators

04:42 - Inspiration and Presence

07:26 - Commentary - Sound Design and Main Theme

10:24 - Montage Timing and Silence

12:31 - Re-introducing the Music

13:40 - The Realization of the Dream

14:26 - The End Credit Theme


You can watch the short, ONE SMALL STEP, on Youtube.


The original score was released on November 8, 2018. You can find it on, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.


You can find out more about and hear more music by Steve Horner at his official site or follow him on twitter @hornermusic

You can follow Andrew Chesworth (Director) at @A_Chesworth


Produced by Christopher Coleman (@ccoleman) and you can Find more episodes at THEANNOTATOR.NET or you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or wherever you find quality podcasts.


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