Michael Kobayashi

Michael Kobayashi

Music composer in Los Angeles, California

About Michael

Michael moved to Los Angeles, in 2002 and has worked as a composer since then. He currently works with www.AsianCinema.org He has scored numerous films and has had his music licensed to numerous television shows, commercials and websites. Michael also uses such unique instruments as the Guitarviol and the Engle. He likes to fuse various acoustic and electric instruments with sound design and experimental sounds.

Name: Michael Kobayashi

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Music Composer


  • Nefarious

    Nefarious (2016)
    Film (Horror) Composer The mysterious action packed horror thriller, Nefarious, will leave you jumping out of your seat. We follow the Tanner's who just moved into a new home in the country after the passing of their father. They are on a trail of discovery, opening up the tale of a family who once lived in the gorgeous farmhouse in which they just moved too, and the chilling story of what happened to them. What might happen to them next? This story leaves you wondering whose the culprit for all their misfortune. Is it the strange old lady next door? Is it the mother? Is it the brother? A friend? And what will happen next?

  • Killing Joan

    Killing Joan (2016)
    Film (Action, Horror and Thriller) Composer Joan Butler is an enforcer for a local mobster who is known for ruthless tactics and wild abandon. After she reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Anthony, a local social worker, she realizes that there is more to life and decides to quit the business. After she is double crossed and left for dead, she resolves to take down the mob and her former boss Frank. Fortunately, she has been given otherworldly powers, such as the ability to travel between shadows or to command the shadows themselves. One by one, she takes them down, only to realize that there are darker forces behind Frank and his organization. These dark forces are more powerful than anything Joan has previously faced. Slowly these dark forces attempt to subsume and corrupt Joan. Will she be able to overcome the dark forces and by effect save her own soul?

  • Rope

    Rope (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Music department Rope is a distorted Japanese drama about the events that unfold between three seemingly unattached loners. Over the course of time, tensions unfold between all three strangers. Rope is a stylized visual haiku about the metaphorical connections to the decisions we make in life. Written by Yeney Amaro

  • The Demon

    The Demon (2015)
    Film (Short and Horror) Composer Add a Plot »

  • Into the Quagmire

    Into the Quagmire (2015)
    Film by We Ra (Documentary) Composer

  • Kevin & His Skateboard

    Kevin & His Skateboard (2015)
    Film by Eric Chenjie Pan (Documentary) Composer As an actor/model experiencing alopecia areata (stress induced hair loss), Kevin was faced with a career obstacle and decided to take on an even bigger challenge of skateboarding from Los Angeles to New York while finding other stories during his journey of people overcoming their own obstacles. Written by Scott Eriksson

  • Are You Sure I'm Korean?

    Are You Sure I'm Korean? (2015)
    Film by Kristy Hine (Documentary) Composer The history of Korean adoptions in the USA, the experiences of Korean adoptees, and the challenge of finding birth parents in South Korea is explored through experts knowledgeable about the process and actual adoptees who explore personal issues of being an adoptee from another country, and following them as they face the prospect of meeting parents who look like them, but have a different language and culture. Written by Scott Eriksson

  • Gun Girl

    Gun Girl (2015)
    Television (Action) Composer, Music department

  • 1/4 Mermaid

    1/4 Mermaid (2015)
    Television (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Composer

  • The Scuttlebutt Assassins

    The Scuttlebutt Assassins (2015)
    Film (short) by Wen Ren (Action and Comedy) Composer, Music department In the middle of their mission, Billy confronts his partner Larry about his date last night with his long time girlfriend. Bodies are flying, people are dying, Billy can't believe that Larry doesn't date Asian girls.

  • Dream Lover

    Dream Lover (2014)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Composer Kevin dreams of the perfect lover, his neighbor Tracy. He fantasizes about making love with her and perhaps is even thinking of plans to succeed at having her for his own.

  • Finding Tomorrow

    Finding Tomorrow (2014)
    Film (short) by Wen Ren (Drama and Romance) Composer Amanda loves two men, Aaron and Teddy, and must make a choice.

  • Bad Space

    Bad Space (2014)
    Film by Adam W. Karwowski (Action, Drama and Romance) Composer After the loss of the family business to the bank and the death of his mother, Stan leaves the small town he grew up in to pursue a new life and his new online love, Alison, in the great city of Los Angeles. Things are looking good for Stan until he's confronted by Alison's 'boyfriend' Eddie and soon realizes things aren't what they seem. Unable to distance himself from the captivating Alison, Stan finds out the hard way that Eddie isn't the worst of his problems!

  • Halloween Hell

    Halloween Hell (2014)
    Film by Ed Hunt (Horror) Composer HALLOWEEN HELL is a Horror movie which focuses on a DEVIL DOLL that is rumored to have been carved out of lava that came straight from Hell. It provides a home for a demon that has also come straight from Hell. This DEVIL DOLL is the star of a pay per view Reality TV show that is hosted by a psycho, who believes that he is Count Dracula. Six young adventurers (three male, and three female) are offered $100,000 to spend all of Halloween locked in a room with the DEVIL DOLL, who has reportedly caused the deaths or suicides of over fifty people during the last two centuries, always on Halloweens when there was a full moon. THERE IS A FULL MOON ON THE HALLOWEEN WHEN THIS REALITY TV SHOW IS HAPPENING. The room that contains the adventurers, and the DEVIL DOLL has many surveillance cameras that broadcast whatever happens to the pay per view audience, who also have the option of betting on which horrific outcomes might occur in that room. Written by Ed Hunt

  • Horror House on Highway 6

    Horror House on Highway 6 (2014)
    Film by Richard Casey (Horror) Composer A college student is injured by a malfunctioning soda machine on Highway 6. His fellow students take him to a doctor who lives in a basement bomb shelter and awaits the second coming of Elvis Presley. They can't leave, and a killer stalks them with an ax.

  • No Asians, No Fats, No Fems

    No Asians, No Fats, No Fems (2014)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama) Composer The subject of sexual racism, body image and self esteem are viewed through the eyes of 4 Asian Americans.

  • The Ballet Dancer

    The Ballet Dancer (2014)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama and Sci-Fi) Composer Ballet dancer Sara, now a grandmother, has a life that revolves around the memory of her husband (and ballet partner), her love of dance, and her family. Facing the possibility of being moved into a nursing home by her children, Sara fights to continue living in her home where all her most cherished memories have come alive as part of her everyday life. Written by Anonymous

  • Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted

    Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted (2014)
    Film (short) by Patricio Ginelsa Jr. (Action and Fantasy) Composer Based on the Beyond Time property, 'Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted' chronicles the eponymous martial arts super-heroine just after receiving the mantle. Without much guidance, she begins to struggle between her duties to fight crime in Los Santos and finding balance in her personal life. All the while, she is digging to uncover the truth behind the murder of her father, the prior Black Tiger, as the leads run cold and the opposition becomes deadly. Written by Kid Heroes Productions

  • ColorLines

    ColorLines (2014)
    Film (short) by Tallie L. Brinson (Drama) Composer ColorLines is the story of Reggie Parks, who left his adopted family behind after coming of age. He is however propelled back into the past he left behind.

  • The Division

    The Division (2011 - 2014)
    Television (Action, Drama and Thriller) Stunts Nick Trever struggles to find his kidnapped son and discovers a link to a secret organization called The Division.

  • Review

    Review (2014)
    Television by Charlie Siskel (Comedy) Actor A critic takes aim at intense real-life experiences in lieu of food or cinema. Fair game includes divorce, anonymous sex and all manner of criminal activity.

  • Triple Mint Gum

    Triple Mint Gum (2013)
    Television (Comedy) Composer

  • The 40th Day

    The 40th Day (2013)
    Film (short) by Shasha LI (Drama and Family) Composer, Stunts An Arab mother deals with the death of her son by coming to terms with their relationship and by reflecting on the things she might have done differently.

  • Convergence

    Convergence (2013)
    Film (short) by Edward Zo (Sci-Fi) Composer

  • Mother'scare

    Mother'scare (2013)
    Film (short) by Eric Chenjie Pan (Drama, Family and Thriller) Composer, Stunts How a mother cares for her daughter is passed down to her granddaughter.

  • How War Ends

    How War Ends (2012)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama and War) Composer Eighteen years after having left life under Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, two Cambodian brothers, older brother Rithy, strong enough to be able to now live with his painful memories, and his younger brother Bunthon who is unable to function in life because of the trauma he experienced, argue their very different ideas about how to deal with Bunthon's dark, empty life. Written by Scott Eriksson

  • Crave

    Crave (2012)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama, Music and Romance) Composer, Actor Alex thought he had the perfect relationship, but begins to doubt Kelli's fidelity.

  • The Learning Curve

    The Learning Curve (2012)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama and Thriller) Composer School teacher Grace Leonard finds her former student Lenny, now 22, at her front door seven years after being in her middle school German class. Lenny's plan is to confront Grace about her sexual aggression towards him as a young teenager so he can forgive and move on with his life, however, his well thought out plan goes horribly wrong when Grace doesn't react as he expects. Written by Scott Eriksson

  • Mr. Nakamura's Addiction

    Mr. Nakamura's Addiction (2012)
    Film (short) by Scott Eriksson (Drama and Thriller) Composer Mr. Nakamura (Won Lee) really loves children and the feeling he gets when children are close to him so he goes to the playground everyday to watch. He has a particular fondness for his neighbor Jason (Joseph Newcombe) who he always watches walking home from school. However, being around children makes him afraid of doing something "bad" because of an addiction he can't control. Just how far can he go in getting some sense of satisfaction before he looses control and succumbs to his addiction? Written by Scott Eriksson

  • Big Miracle

    Big Miracle (2012)
    Film by Ken Kwapis (Biography, Drama and Romance) Stunts An animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community - and eventually rival world superpowers - to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Written by Universal Pictures

  • Shop on Third

    Shop on Third (2010)
    Film (short) by Keith Davis (Comedy) Composer Jack and Josh get an opportunity of a lifetime. However, a case of mistaken identity and a little torture ruins it all.

  • The Summoning

    The Summoning (2009)
    Film (short) by Keith Davis (Horror) Composer A woman summons a spirit that she cannot control.

  • Star Trek

    Star Trek (2009)
    Film by J.J. Abrams (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Stunts On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien time-traveling vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who, in this time, is also a child on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. Twenty-five years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy instructors like young Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency at Vulcan and the newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of it begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • Alien Raiders

    Alien Raiders (2008)
    Film by Ben Rock (Action, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Stunts It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake, Arizona. But the normal monotony of rounding up shopping carts and settling out the cash drawers is broken at 11:07pm, just before closing when a group of masked and armed-to-the-teeth militants invades the store, immediately killing several of the employees and shoppers and holding the rest hostage. Though the hostage-takers at first appear to be robbers or terrorists, they reveal themselves to be a cadre of rogue scientists that has discovered and tracked an alien infestation to THIS STORE on THIS NIGHT, and they are determined to find out which of the survivors are extraterrestrials and end the invasion at any cost. Written by Anonymous

  • Tropic Thunder

    Tropic Thunder (2008)
    Film by Ben Stiller (Action and Comedy) Stunts A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir. It's early in the shooting, but they're already behind schedule and over budget. On the day an accident befalls the novice director, the cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don't realize these aren't actors who are stalking them. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. But will Tugg want to leave? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • The Revengers

    The Revengers (2008)
    Film (short) by Ayumu Oda (Action and Fantasy) Stunts, Actor

  • True Blood

    True Blood (2008)
    Television by Alan Ball (Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance and 1 More) Stunts The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people's minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the Vampire Bill, walks into her place of employment two years after vampires 'came out of the coffin' on national television. Written by Tommy Stewart

  • Chuck

    Chuck (2007)
    Television by Josh Schwartz (Action, Comedy and Drama) Stunts Since geeky Chuck accidentally became the mental host of the Intersect, an unprecedentedly powerful computer mind containing all information available to the US government, he's a primordial national security asset and risk. So CIA and NSA each appoint a top agent to guard Chuck, and often get involved with him in spy adventures. Meanwhile his identity must be kept secret from Chuck's sister, her perfect partner Devon, both surgeons, and Chuck's goofy colleagues in Buy More, the Burbank electronics store where he works as a cover. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Dragon Wars: D-War

    Dragon Wars: D-War (2007)
    Film by Hyung-rae Shim (Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror and 1 More) Stunts Based on the Korean legend, unknown creatures will return and devastate the planet. Reporter Ethan Kendrick is called in to investigate the matter, and he arrives at the conclusion that a girl, stricken with a mysterious illness, named Sarah is suppose to help him. The Imoogi makes its way to Los Angeles, wreaking havoc and destruction. With the entire city under arms, will Ethan and Sarah make it in time to save the people of Los Angeles? Written by Anonymous

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3 (2007)
    Film by Sam Raimi (Action and Adventure) Stunts Peter Parker has finally managed to piece together the once-broken parts of his life, maintaining a balance between his relationship with Mary-Jane and his responsibility as Spider-Man. But more challenges arise for our young hero. Peter's old friend Harry Obsourne has set out for revenge against Peter; taking up the mantle of his late father's persona as The New Goblin, and Peter must also capture Uncle Ben's real killer, Flint Marko, who has been transformed into his toughest foe yet, the Sandman. All hope seems lost when suddenly Peter's suit turns jet-black and greatly amplifies his powers. But it also begins to greatly amplify the much darker qualities of Peter's personality that he begins to lose himself to. Peter has to reach deep inside himself to free the compassionate hero he used to be if he is to ever conquer the darkness within and face not only his greatest enemies, but also...himself. Written by Dark-Spidey

  • Flags of Our Fathers

    Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
    Film by Clint Eastwood (Drama, History and War) Stunts In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six soldiers raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • School for Scoundrels

    School for Scoundrels (2006)
    Film by Todd Phillips (Comedy) Stunts An unlucky meter reader enrolls in a confidence-building class so he can win the love of the girl of his dreams. The class turns out to be something quite different when it becomes clear to the young man that his professor has his sights set on the same girl. Written by Jeremy Caesar

  • Seraphim Falls

    Seraphim Falls (2006)
    Film by David Von Ancken (Action, Drama, Thriller, War and 1 More) Stunts In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Ken

    Ken (2006)
    Film (short) by Eric Won (Action) Stunts, Actor Ken, a homeless boy gets into a fight with another boy on the street. Jack, an illegal arms dealer boss saves Ken's life and he brings Ken home. 20 years later their relationship becomes father and son. Another arms dealer boss tries to take over Jack's business and that causes Jack's death. Ken goes for revenge for his father. Written by Eric Won

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III (2006)
    Film by J.J. Abrams (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Stunts Super-spy Ethan Hunt has retired from active duty to train new IMF agents. But he is called back into action to confront the toughest villain he's ever faced - Owen Davian, an international weapons and information provider with no remorse and no conscience. Hunt assembles his team: his old friend Luther Strickell, transportation expert Declan, and background operative Zhen. They are to rescue one of his very own trainees, Lindsey who was kidnapped while on a surveillance detail of Davian. It soon becomes evident that Davian is well-protected, well-connected, and downright malicious. This forces Hunt to extend his journey back into the field in order to rescue his wife, Julia, and uncover IMF double agents in the process. Written by Anonymous

  • A Through M

    A Through M (2006)
    Film (short) by Heidi Miami Marshall (Thriller) Stunts Anne, a Resistance Member, returns home to Garcia, the man she loves, to ask for his help; only to discover that he rather not see her. She quickly realizes that he now works for the government she is committed to overthrowing. But as love reignites, Garcia decides to help Anne in her subversive actions, putting his own life in danger. But they are being monitored and quickly captured. Garcia is forced to face Anne in a setting orchestrated by the government: a Torture Room where the only options are cooperation or death. Written by Anonymous

  • E-Ring

    E-Ring (2006)
    Television by Ken Robinson (Drama) Stunts Major Jim Tisnewski, until recently an active special forces commando, takes up a Pentagon job as assistant of US Army colonel Eli McNulty. He now must learn to battle the Pentagon way against politicians and careerist officers who often oppose what makes operational sense. On occasion, Jim returns to his team or otherwise interacts with his former mates, especially Bobby Wilkerson. Jim also develops a triangle relationship with a CIA agent, his lover, and Pentagon lawyer Samantha 'Sonny' Liston, who has a crush on the hunky officer-gentleman. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Ronin Boys

    Ronin Boys (2005)
    Film by Ole Schell (Action) Composer, Stunts, Actor Evan's tame corporate days are over. Newly initiated into a powerful society of Asian Mobsters, Evan Young is suddenly embroiled in a world of fast money and fast times. His friend and leader of the sect, Shingo, is a rising star in the Triad Society. Together, along with the reluctant but reliable Lee, crooked cop Janus, and loose-cannon Gin, the boys fight, extort, and connive their way up the underworld ladder. Meanwhile, Shingo's Boss, Brother Ming, has a dilemma. He has been promoted to join the inner circle in Hong Kong, and must choose a successor. Will he turn over control of the American Branch to his reckless nephew Vinny, or will he disregard traditional bloodlines and choose Shingo instead? As the bickering for the seat of power escalates, a mission to Las Vegas turns deadly, and now the only way out is an all-out war. Written by Anonymous

  • Control

    Control (2005)
    Film by Richard J. Lee (Mystery) Stunts Tyler's world has just been turned upside down. What started off as an innocent night of drinking, fun, and debauchery has quickly turned into something horrific. His best friend Kieran has been murdered, and all the evidence points to him. As Tyler, Rommie, and Jillian try to figure our how everything happened, it slowly becomes clear that everyone in the room has their own agenda. What's even worse is that all three have motive to kill. As time quickly passes by, these once close friends fight and struggle to can control of the situation and survive the night. Are You In Control? Written by Anonymous

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii (2004)
    Television by Jeff Eastin (Action and Crime) Stunts

  • Blood of the Samurai: The Series

    Blood of the Samurai: The Series (2004)
    Television (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Stunts

  • Lumpia

    Lumpia (2003)
    Film by Patricio Ginelsa Jr. (Action and Comedy) Composer LUMPIA takes you back to the late-90's when tension is at an all-time high in Fogtown High School. James and his friends become the targets of ridicule for the CREW, a bunch of thugs who have invented a new fad of (gulp!) F.O.B. bashing! But only one thing stands in their way... LUMPIA! Written by PG


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