The Nightmare Before St. Patrick's Day

Music production, sound design

lyrics and video by CollegeHumor

A parody of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

As with Web Site Story, I:
1) didn’t have sheet music so did my best to recreate all the parts by ear.  (I was using samples and a few great musicians rather than a real orchestra).  Here is the original if you’re curious to compare.
2) thoroughly enjoyed dissecting this track and figuring out what makes it work. Danny Elfman is one of my all-time favorites and this was a real joy to work on. A very intensely-fast-paced-race-to-the-deadline kind of joy.

That’s Jacob Carlson on vocals (as Danny Elfman!) and one of my Chicago favorites, Gerald Bailey on trumpet. Last, and surely least importantly, I cameo (vocally) as a drunk priest at 0:55.

The lovely claymation is by Chelsea Manifold, and a few nice visual effects are by the wizards at Gloo Studios.

As for my friends at CollegeHumor: Josh Ruben and Vincent Peone directed, Ben Joseph wrote & produced, and David Fishel edited.