Dick Figures The Movie - Day 3 - Music

DFTM_Days3 Dick Figures is just about to cross 200,000,000 views on YouTube, an unlikely milestone for a show about stick figures, but what most people don't know is that the music has been equally successful.

The origins of the music behind Dick Figures, like the show itself, is somewhat happenstance. My brother, Nick Keller, had just graduated from USC's Thornton School of Music and was enjoying some much deserved post-college relaxing when we came knocking. The first few episodes of the web-series were scored by Ed, but with the responsibilities of writing, directing, boarding and animating on his plate, he needed a helping hand.

Nick, though never having composed before, quickly took up the challenge, at first creating small stingers where we needed them to completely composing both classical scores and original electronic jams for the show's eclectic range of action/comedy sequences. Orchestral. Rock. Hip-hop. Dubstep. Blue Grass. Harp. He has composed in just about every style out there. The fans loved the music and clambered for us to release it on iTunes, though we were quite dubious that it would sell well.

Now, two years later, the four seasons of Dick Figures soundtracks have sold tens of thousands of copies and total over an hour and a half of original music. For several months the albums hit #1 on our Australian distributor's billboard until they were dethroned by Gotye. The success of the music lead us to make a fan-created music video for "Bath Rhymes", an original hip-hop song by Ed Skudder, featuring the cast of Red, Blue, Pink and the Raccoon. We cut the song into pieces and released it free online allowing us to crowd-source hundreds of shots of animation from our fans. Thanks to the overwhelming support of our fans and the online animation community, the video has been viewed almost eight million times.

The task ahead for the movie is daunting: normally Nick creates about two minutes of music a week during web-series production, but now must compose over an hour of epic score and patented-funky-beats in just two months. Be sure to follow Nick's symphonic journey on his blog and get your ears ready for the movie score.