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2007-04-01 - TASCAM GIGA Artist Shawn Clement Declares "Open Season" Sept. 19

(Hollywood,CA) Composer Shawn Clement, one of the biggest names in reality TV, provides the score to the much-anticipated release for Ubisoft's "Open Season," based on Sony Pictures Animation's first feature-length CG animated film. Ubisoft releases the game on all available platforms Sept. 19, ten days prior to the film's Sept. 29 release.

"I'd never been asked to provide a lot of country music," says Clement, who nevertheless created some 250 tracks for the hillbilly-infused score. The composer played all the guitar parts including dobro and lap steel. Clement also got his banjo chops together, playing both traditional 5-string and a specially created 6-string banjo. "Gold Tone made that for me," says Clement. "It looks like a Fender Telecaster with a big drum head in the center."

Each character is associated with a particular sound. Boog, the bear lured into leaving the comforts of home, is represented by bass guitar. Harmonica, banjo and melodica bring Elliot, the fast-talking mule deer, to life. Full orchestra adds excitement to the game's action sequences.

Known for his scores to hit games "The Sims 2" and "Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu," Clement follows "Open Season" with a more traditional, synth-based score to Buena Vista Games' "Kim Possible: What's the Switch?" This fifth issue in the Kim Possible series based on the hit animated TV show comes to PlayStation 2 on Nov. 11.

As the go-to composer for the reality TV market before anyone knew how successful it would be, Clement is credited with establishing the definitive dramatic musical style of the reality genre. In recognition, ASCAP presented Clement with a film and television award for Most Performed Underscore in 2000.

A multifaceted composer, Shawn's film credits include 2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey (with John Travolta, Samuel Jackson, Christian Slater, Michael York, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Archer and James Earl Jones), We Married Margo (Audience Favorite Award winner at the HBO/U.S. Comedy & Arts Festival), and Last Chance (Best Original Drama winner at World Fest). He has also scored such television series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, and I'm Still Alive.

A multifaceted composer, Shawn's film credits include 2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey (with John Travolta, Samuel Jackson, Christian Slater, Michael York, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Archer and James Earl Jones), We Married Margo (Audience Favorite Award winner at the HBO/U.S. Comedy & Arts Festival), and Last Chance (Best Original Drama winner at World Fest). He has also scored such television series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, and I'm Still Alive.

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