This piece, entitled “Elena Arrives: Waltz+Tango=Vals,” was composed for a one-minute clip from the silent melodrama The Temptress, one of four scene options in TCM’s 5th annual film scoring competition.
Listen to .mp3 sample of Turner Classic Movies 5th Annual Young Film Composer Competition submission.
In Summer 2000, correspondent Lara Spencer taped a video diary of the planning of her wedding for an ongoing feature on Good Morning America. For the episode in which she covered her dance lessons, she and her instructor came to the studio to give a live demonstration of her progress. Mark was invited to perform on the piano, providing music for them to dance to. Asked to play original music so that the program could avoid paying royalties, this was Mark’s first opportunity to have his own compositions heard by a national audience.
Lara Spencer and her dance instructor swing to Mark S. Merittâ€™s music as Charlie Gibson watches on
Mark S. Meritt in the spotlight as Lara Spencer and her dance instructor get close
Lara Spencer and her dance instructor swing to more of Mark S. Merittâ€™s original music
During the segment, Mark performed instrumental versions of these original songs:
The blend of strangeness and fun that was to define the series led to the scores of Danny Elfman as inspiration for the theme music. Learn more about Potluck’s custom instrumental composition service which uses Appreciative Inquiry to draw out your needs and desires as the basis for an original instrumental composition.
This piece was originally written for a musical adaptation of the Mel Brook’s filme The Producers, nearly a decade before Brooks’ own version took Broadway by storm. Part of it was later used for the song The Bill of Fare from the original stage musical The Right Circles.
Direction and Editing by Paul Matz and Mark S. Meritt; Videography by Paul Matz; Music by Mark S. Meritt; 29 minutes, color, VHS
This documentary short motion picture is a behind the scenes look at the making of Gratuitous Violence. It was shot on a VHS camcorder and edited with the camcorder and VHS VCR. True to its name, it is notable for being longer than the movie that is its own subject.
View the YouTube Video
The digital video was captured by Allan Meritt in January 2007 and posted by Mark on YouTube on January 22, 2007. You can watch the entire video right here by just pressing the Play button immediately below — all parts will automatically play in order. Or, you can visit YouTube to see the video or post a comment.
You Could’ve Been Something Special (Love Theme from Gratuitous Violence) (Instrumental) — An extended instrumental version created especially for this documentary — Listen to .mp3 sample from Original Soundtrack Recording: