August 2007
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Michael scores Empire Earth III

Michael has written over an hour of original score for Vivendi’s upcoming real-time strategy game Empire Earth 3. The music reflects the game’s varied geographical climates, as well as the ethnic identities of the various player factions. Michael was also deeply involved in planning the interactive music system, which allows the score to reflect not merely era and faction, but adjust in realtime to the intensity of combat.

In the words of producer Matt Persing, “Instead of having music that would simply accompany the game, it was our mission to ensure that the score reinforced the game experience. With a music engine that controls subtle variation, regional color, and environmental soundscapes, each replay is engaging and unique. ”

This game marks the third collaboration between Michael and developer Mad Doc Software, whose prior projects together include Empire Earth 2 and Jane’s Attack Squadron.

August 2007
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Michael scores Party Foul

Michael has written the score for “Party Foul”, a short film posted online at Annheiser-Busch’s Bud.tv. Party Foul is the centerpiece of Bud.tv’s Finish Our Movie contest, where contestants submit a prospective midsection to complete a film. Michael wrote music both for the original front and end of the film, and collaborated with the winning director and production company MOR Entertainment to score the final section that completed the project.

June 2007
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Against Time feature film released

Second Image Studio’s feature film Against Time is now available in Blockbuster, Netflix, and other DVD sales and rental outlets.

The film stars Robert Loggia, Ean Merrig, and Craig T. Nelson, and features fifty minutes of live orchestral score by Michael Gordon Shapiro, recorded with the Budapest Film Orchestra. A soundtrack album for the film is currently in preparation.

Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - Highlights
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  3. Mythic Battle // Highlights
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  5. Investigations // Highlights
  6. Home Room // Highlights
  7. Sands of Arabia // Highlights
  8. Spider Cult // Highlights
  9. Poker Night // Highlights