Jim Dooley has been composing music for film and television for nearly twenty years. He won an Emmy award for the dearly departed series, “Pushing Daisies,” in 2008. He has also written music for multimedia projects, video games, and theme park rides. His career and experiences made him an obvious choice for a most unfortunate project.
For the past two years, Dooley has worked on “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” for Netflix. Based on the series of novels, the series follows the three Baudelaire Orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, after the sudden death of their parents. As the children are moved from one guardian to the next, things go from bad to worse. What makes the Baudelaires’ situation even more unfortunate? Evil Count Olaf, their closest living relative, is after their fortune and will stop at nothing to get it.
Jim Dooley’s compositions are a perfect complement to the whimsical show that isn’t bound by time or technology. He uses a vast array of styles, tones, and instruments to accentuate the hope and despair central to the heart of the story. For the third and final season, we follow the orphans from the opera to the forest to a grand hotel. Danger still lurks everywhere, but even in the darkest times, there is always a glimmer of hope.
This exclusive video takes you behind the scenes, showing some of the ways Dooley crafted the music for the series. With interviews from singers, musicians, and the composer himself, learn more about the efforts to create such a unique and intriguing score to match one of the most unique shows around.
All three seasons of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” are available now on Netflix.
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