Composer and guitarist AJ Caruso launched on to the music scene in the late 80’s, touring extensively across the Southeast U.S. opening for such acts as CHEAP TRICK, REO SPEEDWAGON, FOREIGNER, and KANSAS. His love for music in film inspired a natural progression into film scoring and other areas of music composition, creating all original material for television, commercials, and independent films including the award winning films "My Friend, Oscar.", "Bury Me", and "Z.14.12." His uncanny ability to musically interpret the precise action in a scene in any musical style imaginable and working seamlessly and efficiently with film makers has made AJ one of the most sought-after up and coming music composers. AJ has recently transitioned to film making, writing, producing, and directing his first short film "Z.14.12", providing him the "A to Z" understanding of film-making, making him an even more valuable asset to any production team.
Name: AJ Caruso
Lives in: Atlanta, Georgia
Company: Straitjacket Studios
Occupation: Music Composer, Sound Designer, Sound Editor, Boom Operator, Foley Artist, Musician and Songwriter
Film (Comedy and Short) Composer A short film comedy about the classic monsters in a group therapy session coming to terms with the fact that they aren't scary anymore. Dir: Jeremy London (Party of Five, Mall Rats)
Film (Short and Thriller) Composer A young girl discovers how the infiltration of technology in her home manifests into an invasion of unspeakable measures.
Film (Horror, Thriller and Short) Composer Amateur prepper Zack and his partner Jess face the ultimate apocalyptic event to find that things are nothing like anyone predicted. He & his house guests must find their way out of this horrifying dilemma as all preparations prove useless. Dir/Writ/Prod: AJ Caruso
Film (Drama) Composer Trapped with an abusive father and comatose mother, young Abby recounts her time with Mr. Barret, a good man with strange ideas that has left their dying town to find his troubled runaway daughter.
Alpha Mike Foxtrot
Film (Short and Thriller) Composer A weary hit man stops in for breakfast with his final unsuspecting victim.
Film (Short and Comedy) Composer Enter the neurotic mind of Herbie, a lovable loser just trying to keep it together with the girl of his dreams.
The Bridgewater Murders
Film (Thriller) Composer Isabelle Bridgewater was a beautiful, warm, and caring woman in a loving marriage. Until a moment of jealousy turned into a brutal act of rage. When she discovers that her husband, John, is having an affair with her best friend, Isabelle goes on a blood soaked rampage of hate. Gayle Fleming must unlock the secrets behind Isabelle's madness before she kills again. Written by Will Warner
Puz Knows How
Television (Animation) Composer Add a Plot »
My Friend, Oscar.
Film (Comedy, Drama and Fantasy) Composer Oscar Austiego is a 36 year old mentally challenged man who lives with his recluse father in their modest home. One day, armed with his trusty Polaroid camera, Oscar takes a trek to the park and happens upon a quirky, artistic 12 year old named Sophie. Like Oscar, Sophie is the frequent target of ridicule and condemnation. The two become fast friends (much to the chagrin of Sophie's parents) and find a common interest in art as well as reveling in each other's unique take on life. Over the next year, they forge a special bond that would become impervious to the disdain of the outside world. That is, until a bizarre twist of fate conspires to bring their new found utopia crashing down on them. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Horror and Thriller) Composer Modern day life pressures are extensive. The stresses of work, life, and love are intense and everyone needs some form of release, some more extreme than others. Silence of the Lambs meets Fallen Down.
BEST SOUND MIXING - "Z.14.12" Atlanta Independent Film Festival
DIRECTORS CHOICE - "Z.14.12" Horror in the Hills Film Festival
BEST ZOMBIE SHORT - "Z.14.12" Atlanta Horror Film Festival