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by Stephen Melillo

Released 2004
Released 2004
Film Score for Christopher Kulikowski's RETROGRADE, which later becomes the concert work, JIDAI and appears on the STORMWORKS Chapters 5:8 CDs. The complete score to Retrograde was composed in a home recently destroyed by Hurricane Isabel.
26 Cues from the 82:28 Film Score: RETROGRADE, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski.

April 2004
A Note From The Director

The reality of getting a film into production is nothing short of a miracle and collaboration, an integral part of the filmmaking process, can be a dream come true or a nightmare to endure. If you are lucky, your partnerships can bring your vision to a point far beyond your wildest expectations. However, if you are unlucky, the pitfalls can drive one to almost complete despair. My experience with “Retrograde,” in truth, was a bit of both. I had the pleasure of working with many fine artists and technicians, but I was also challenged by a never-ending battle of time constraints, tight budgets and multiple “creative perspectives.” Yet, despite these challenges and at times, disappointments, my experience on “Retrograde” was truly unforgettable. The friendships and creative magic that was forged during the production will stay with me for many years to come.

Through the process, several stood steadfast at my side. One such person was my friend, Stephen Melillo. All of Stephen’s music, regardless of the genre or medium, is pure cinema and one does not need moving pictures to have the story told. For Retrograde, his score is both delicate and fiercely charged. I cannot thank him enough for the mountains he has climbed and conquered to deliver a wondrous, musical, 84 minute soundtrack and in a miraculous, death defying seven days! I am truly blessed to have Stephen not only as an artist collaborator, but as a friend.
God Speed,

Christopher Kulikowski
April 2004

A Message from Christopher Kulikowski, Writer & Director during the 7 days!

"Stephen, Over the last hour or so, I've been reviewing the cues once again with a fresh ear... all I can say... AMAZING!!!! Where does this stuff come from?! This is your best film score to date!!!! I am so proud and thrilled by your work.... You've really knocked my socks off!!! Talk to you soon and a million thanks!!!! Love," Christopher

"Stephen, The music for Retrograde is incredible, beautiful, and special. I can’t stop listening to it! I am so proud of you!!!" Tom Walsh, EnterAktion Studios, Sound City Center Stage

Chris... It’s GREAT and I thank you very much for those immensely kind words! So warped was my sense of time... I thought it was ELEVEN days! I’ll need to show you a DVD of what was happening during the writing! It was made even more intense by being in the middle of PATHETIC Hurricane Re-Construction work! 8 - ) ! Good Training! SLM

In 2016, Stephen’s 4th Symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen’s concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM, and most recently, The UNWILLING. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1140 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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