Category: Motion Picture

Rio 2 Sessions

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In our most recent Rio 2 session we were invited to record in John Powell’s private studio. We laid down vocals for both songs as well as soundtrack. As always John Powell has created amazing textures and emotions. Can’t wait to see this film!!

Rio 2 with Sergio Mendes

Rio 2 is in production and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to be a part! What a treat to meet and work with Sergio Mendes and all his crazy Latin rhythm! Such a talented, humble man who’s toothy smile is infectious. He’s helping write some of the tunes and the collaboration between he and John Powell is just magic.

Catch my daughter in the Rio 2 trailer as Cliara the Capybara. I had a great time being her vocal coach for this session.

Vocal Coaching on Rio 2

It’s is not everyday that I get to work with such a lovely client as I did this week while in the studio for Rio 2. Working with my youngest daughter Claira was a total blast. I was so proud of my girly. Even though she seemed to be extra nervous this time, she made it through dialogue, some a cappella singing AND an a cappella modulation to the next key! And to make it even more fun that they let her record her character’s introduction,”Claira the Capybara,” using her own name since it rhymed! (It’s become her new nickname around the house… “Claira Claira Capybara… come put your things awaaaay!”)

I had her try a few different versions… one with a little smaller voice, one a little breathy and a few versions of the song with vibrato. As always, it’ll be really fun to see what they end up using!

Epic Sessions

untitledAcademy Award winning sound designer Gwen Whittle challenged our boundaries in the most interesting 3 hours of work I think I’ve ever had. Though it’s possible my half decent “cricket” sound got me hired, we ended up making a bunch of menacing insect sounds, inhaling noises, creaks, snaps, buzzing and humming… you name it. Because I was one of the only chics, they ended up using my smaller higher sounds for a minor side-kick character called “Skeet”. I’m so stoked for this opportunity and can’t wait to hear what they end up keeping!

Really excited to be able to sing on such a beautiful score. James Newton Howard always comes up with great stuff… eerie yet melodic… the perfect balance to entrance you yet not distract you.

Behind the Candelabra

Along with this bunch of fine looking young singers, I recently sang on one tune for the upcoming film “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas (as Liberace), with Marvin Hamlisch composing, and Steven Soderburgh directing. The film is slated to debut on HBO in 2013.

Film Composer: Marvin Hamlisch
Monique Donnelly: Singing as a member on stage ensemble

The Campaign Session

We had a brief, but rewarding session for the major motion picture “The Campaign”, in late June at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage. My buddy Fletcher got a chance to conduct the choir as our fearless leader, and the lovely Sally Stevens, graced the mic with the us ladies.

The Lorax Soundtrack

In addition to the voice over work I did as the “Humming Fish” (above) on the feature film The Lorax a few of our clips are featured on the recently released soundtrack to the movie. My daughter Clara sings the part of Marie on the song “Let it grow.” and I have a child sound alike line on “Everybody Needs a Thneed.” Check out those clips below!

Let it grow featuring Clara Titman as Marie

Everybody Needs a Thneed featuring Monique Donnelly singing line “a net for catching butterflies.”

Film Composer: John Powell
Monique Donnelly: Singing the part of one “humming fish”, towns folk and child sound-a-like.

John Carter Sessions

I recently wrapped up a session for the score to the new Disney film John Carter as a member of the women’s choir. Here are a couple shots from that project.

Film Composer: Michael Giacchino
Monique Donnelly: Choir Vocals

Just wrapped up work on a rather large choir call for the soon to be released film “The Lorax”…And this was just the women.
Film Composer: John Powell
Monique Donnelly: Choir Vocals