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James Dooley takes "First Flight"
23-May-2006 - DreamWorks Animation has a new animated short film, First Flight, showing before this week's highest grossing animated film Over the Hedge in New York and Los Angeles. Composer James Dooley provides the score for the film as he also provided additional music for the weekend's #1 blockbuster The DaVinci Code. Dooley's score CD for When A Stranger Calls, the first film to score more than $20 million on a Super Bowl Weekend, was released last week in conjunction with the film's DVD debut.

This touching animated short about a man and a bird's first attempt at flight was written and directed by two longtime DreamWorks Animation veterans, Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson, First Flight is a computer-animated short film that tells the story of a fastidiously organized businessman, whose perspective on life is forever changed through an unexpected encounter with a tiny fledgling bird.

Dooley's recent credits also include DreamWorks' animated short A Christmas Caper starring the penguins from the hit film Madagascar, on which he previously teamed with Hans Zimmer. This short was seen in theaters this past fall before the Oscar winning claymation feature Wallace and Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit for which Dooley provides additional music. Dooley also mixed and scored the new animated film, Urmel Aus Dem Eis, or Impy's Island as it will be known in the US. The film is based on a German children's book about a dinosaur that hatches in modern times on an island where animals learn to speak. Additionally, Dooley has scored some of the industry's most successful videogames including Socom 3, US Navy SEALs, which he recorded at London's Air Lyndhurst Hall with a 70-piece orchestra. Continuing in the series, Dooley has announced a deal to score Socom 4.

James Dooley is a graduate of New York University where he majored in Music Composition. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to study film composition with such composers as Christopher Young and Elmer Bernstein. He joined Media Ventures in 1999 and collaborated with Zimmer both as his Chief Technical Engineer and as a composer. In addition, Dooley has partnered with to donate the proceeds from sales of his The Mars Underground soundtrack to the Red Cross national disaster relief effort. "The Mars Underground" is a landmark documentary about renowned aerospace scientist and visionary, Dr. Robert Zubrin quest for Mars exploration.

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