"First is merely the realization that film composers are in the film business, NOT the music business." - Richard Bellis
Richard Bellis' career in show business ranges from child actor, to composer, to educator and author, and more. After years of working as arranger and music director for Las Vegas acts like Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggams, Abbe Lane and Sally Struthers, Bellis landed his first TV movie, "Black Market Baby", in 1977. He later won an Emmy for his score to Stephen King's "It". Richard is also a past president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, served on the faculty at USC's SMPTV program, and served on the Board of Governers of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors of ASCAP.
With Halloween approaching, and my annual horror movie marathon nearing its climax, I reached out to Richard for a Q&A to celebrate the season and one of my favorite 1980s horror movies, "It".
Those who know me know that I love Halloween, and Halloween just isn't complete without horror movie marathons. Last year I was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Harry Manfredini, composer for the iconic horror movie Friday the 13th. This year I wanted to start the season off with a month-long calendar taking us chronologically through film history; every day I will post a new horror movie that has revolutionized the genre through history. I'm going to have a lot of fun with this, I hope you do too!
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