Dara Taylor is an HMMA-Nominated composer for film and television based in Los Angeles. She has composed music for a wide variety of Independent thrillers, dramas, comedies and and has done additional music, arrangements and score production for large studio productions like A Bad Moms Christmas, Smurfs The Lost Village, Baywatch, Sausage Party, ABC's Agent Carter and Galavant, CW's Supernatural, and more.
Dara, born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in Lockport, NY, spent most of her formative years in gospel church choirs as well as school choruses, bands, and musicals. Primarily a vocalist, she studied classical voice as a Mezzo-Soprano under Judith Kellock at Cornell University. Throughout college Dara became increasingly drawn towards composition and studied independently with Zachary Wadsworth and Steven Stucky. After graduating cum laude in Music and Psychology from Cornell in 2009, Dara went on to study Film Music Composition under Mark Suozzo at New York University where she received a Masters of Music in 2011. In 2015, she was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her score on the film Undetectable . In 2016, she was one of the composers asked to take part in Women in Film's Women Composers in Media concert.
Dara currently lives in Los Angeles, CA working on studio and independent projects and is highly active in the composing community.
Name: Dara Taylor
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Music Composer
Sundance Institute Composers Lab Fellow
Hollywood Music in Media Award - Best Original Score - Short - Nominee
Film (Comedy and Drama) Score Producer Plot kept under wraps.
Are You from Dixie?
Film (Comedy and Drama) Composer The life of two Mexican-American brothers born in the modern-day Deep South takes a dramatic turn when they participate in a controversial event that tests both of their relationships, and hurts the sensitivities of their mostly-white Louisiana community. Written by Together Magic Films
Lost in Space
Television (Sci-Fi) Score Producer Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The charismatic Dr. Smith is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but charming Don West is a highly-skilled, blue collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.
Murder in the Cat House
Film (Short and Crime) Composer Cats, angry exes, a shooting, a dead body. Not necessarily in that order.
The War with Grandpa
Film (Comedy and Family) Composer: Additional Music Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves into Peter's room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back - so he has no choice but to declare war. With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even.
Film (Drama and Thriller) Composer "We all want to make the world a better place. But no one can change the world really. We can only change ourselves. And Turner Risk, he couldn't do that. So here we are..." Turner Risk, a longtime victim of bullying, decides one day to clear out all the negatives and effectively reboot his world. When his deadly plan becomes clear, his only friend, Robbie Cruz, jobless and struggling to make ends meet, teams up with his new companion Seth and high school nemesis Conner to stop Turner. But first they have to find him - which begins their longest journey together: a day of sudden tragedies and, ultimately, of unexpected revelations. A story of the paralleled impacts of bullying and friendship, Turner Risk pits innocents against the unexpected challenges that life ultimately brings us all. Written by Team Phenomenon
Pitch Perfect 3
Film (Comedy and Music) Score Producer After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
A Bad Moms Christmas
Film (Action, Adventure and Comedy) Composer: Additional Music A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn't hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Film (Comedy and Horror) Composer: Additional Music Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.
My Daughter Is Missing
TV Movie (Thriller) Composer: Additional Music Sara, a former hacker and now an Internet security specialist, has come to Belgrade to attend a conference on cyber crime. While she is there her daughter and a college friend are kidnapped by a Serbian human trafficking ring. Will Sara be able to save them before it's too late?
Film (Action, Comedy and Crime) Score Producer In sun-kissed Emerald Bay, the vigorous Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon and Baywatch, his elite team of hand-picked and perfectly tanned lifeguards, protect the bay, keeping both sunbathers and beach lovers safe. However, this summer, two new eager trainees will join the demanding life-saving program, as well as an insubordinate former Olympic swimmer, who are all called to prove their worth on the lifeguard towers just on time when a new synthetic street drug begins to infest the Emerald Bay: the flakka. Without a doubt, this calls for some serious undercover teamwork action, as the badgeless heroes in spandex comb the beach for shady newcomers and nefarious entrepreneurs with hidden agendas of their own. Can Mitch's band save the bay? Written by Nick Riganas
Black Site Delta
Film (Action) Composer: Additional Music Cam Gigandet stars as the leader of a "Dirty Dozen" band of military prisoners who must fight off a terrorist attack on the remote "black site" prison where they're being held, which, unknown to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility. Written by XLrator Media
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Film (Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy and 1 More) Arrangements and Programming In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Film (Short and Drama) Composer LA OPOSICIÓN explores immigration policy under the new Trump administration. When officers for the Department of Homeland Security are ordered to aggressively monitor immigration targets in the USA, they start to question their own culpability in the new system.
Sunday in the Park with doG
Film (Animation, Short and Comedy) Composer While enjoying a sandwich on a relaxing day in the park, a high-strung Guy has a chance meeting with a very zen, three-legged doG, who may or may not be... an existentialist.
Film (Animation and Short) Composer In this fairytale set in rural Uzbekistan, a young shepherd longs to find his true love; but an evil mountain witch might stand in the way of his happily-ever-after. Written by Together Magic Films
Film (Drama, Family and Romance) Composer: Additional Music Flight attendant Sydney (Brooke Burns) is tasked with looking after Leah, an eight-year-old unaccompanied minor flying back to Chicago after visiting family. Sydney is charmed by the little girl and makes an instant connection with her. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Jonathan (Tom Everett Scott), Sydney finds a package Leah left behind. Sydney delivers the gift back to Leah and gets invited to join in some fun, family Christmas festivities. When Sydney misses her connection, she is stuck for a few days. Grounded from her jet-setting ways, Sydney bumps into Leah and Jonathan who invite her spend the holidays with them - showing Sydney the value of a staying put long enough to fall in love. Written by Anonymous
El Camino Christmas
Film (Comedy and Crime) Score Producer The project, scripted by Melfi and writer Chris Wehner, is about a young man (Grimes) who seeks out a father he has never met and, through no fault of his own, ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve. The story takes place in the fictitious town of El Camino, NV. Written by Peter White
Ride Along 2
Film by Tim Story (Action and Comedy) Music department As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.
Film (Action) Music department An attack on the new President of a fledgling Eastern European democracy pits an American covert operative against the country's ruthless military leader determined to seize control of the government.
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Film (Documentary and Comedy) Music department Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Philadelphia's outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.
The Melancholy of Leftovers
Film (Short and Drama) Composer When Megan's attempts to get an emotional reaction from her husband backfire, she decides her new path forward is too uncertain to walk alone.
Film by Conrad Vernon (Comedy and Animation) Arranger A raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Written by Miss W J Mcdermott
Television by Stephen McFeely (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Additional Music The war is over and almost everyone has experienced a loss. Agent Peggy Carter has lost the love of her life. To top it off, when billionaire Howard Stark is accused of Treason, he secretly employs her to clear his name. With the help of Stark's butler, she embarks on a crazy journey full of deceit, murder and controversy with a side of wise-cracking roommates. Written by Chris Greenleaf
Television by Dan Fogelman (Comedy and Musical) Music Department Galavant is a dashing knight who is on the quest to reclaim both his reputation and the love of his life, Madalena, who was stolen away from him by the evil King Richard. In this musical comedy TV adventure, Galavant is assisted by Princess Isabella, and Sid, his squire. Meanwhile, King Richard tries to win over the affections of his captured love, Madalena. The show follows Galavant's journeys through medieval times creating countless hilarious twist and turns plus a wealth or original new musical numbers. Written by DeAlan Wilson - www.ComedyE.com
Film (Comedy) Music department A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Film (Comedy, Family and Romance) Music department Still working in her parents' Greek restaurant, Toula Portokalos's daughter Paris is growing up. She is getting ready to graduate high school and Toula and Ian are experiencing marital issues. When Toula's parents find out they were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together? Written by Nanciejeanne
Film (Horror) Composer A group of grad school-level filmmakers scouting locations for a thesis film encounter an old Victorian house rumored to have been a witch coven.
Love (Minus Happiness)
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Film (Comedy) Score Producer A woman with a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she's over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Television by Lifetime (Game-Show) Additional Music Children who have been certified genius from across the nation come together in a competition for a $100,000 college scholarship.
Film (short) by Armand Petri (Thriller) Composer Adam, a gay man living with undetectable HIV, must confront the guilt tormenting him in his dreams after betraying and infecting his now dying ex-lover, Raphael. As Adam sets out to reconnect with Raphael on the anniversary of their diagnosis, he discovers that they have both been living nightmares of their own.
Film (short) by Armand Petri (Drama) Composer
Film (short) by Susan Diol (Drama) Composer There is life through art.
The Wedding Ringer
Film by Jeremy Garelick (Comedy and Romance) Music department Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Television (Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and 1 More) Music department This television drama is about the two Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, who were raised by their father, John, to hunt and kill all things that go "bump in the night" after his wife, Mary, was murdered by an evil supernatural being when the boys were young. 22 years later the brothers set out on a journey, fighting evil along the way, to find their recently missing father who, when they finally meet up with, reveals he knows what killed their mother, a demon, and has found a way to track and kill it. Meanwhile, Sam starts to develop frightening abilities that include death visions, visions of people dying before it actually happens. These visions are somehow connected to the demon who murdered his mother and its mysterious plans that seem to be all about Sam. When their father dies striking a deal with the very same devil that had killed his wife, the brothers, now alone and without their mentor, are determined to finish the crusade their father started. But disturbing revelations ... Written by Rachel B.
Film (short) by Christopher Gooch (Drama) Composer
The Do Over
Film (short) by Juan Pesquera (Comedy, Family and Romance) Composer Anthony and Elizabeth Brown are about to have their 40th anniversary. When an argument overheats and the two express their need to live without the other they are shocked to find out that the priest that married them fifty years ago was never a minister of the church and their marriage was never a real one. Now the two of them venture on to create lives away from each other and live what they consider their "perfect and dreamed" lives away from each other. But as they begin to realize that the world they left behind fifty years ago is not the same they are in right now they begin to feel the inaccuracy and their dependence to each other. Now it is up to John and Pamela Brown to find a way to bring their grandparents out of their misery and adapt to the new world. Written by Anonymous
TV Movie by Armand Petri (Comedy, Fantasy and Horror) Composer A beautiful creature from a mythical land is desperately attempting to be part of our world.
Say It Wisely
Film (short) by Alex Pop (Comedy) Composer Boris finds out he might die soon and also has a problem with himself. He needs to somehow explain this to Loris, his husband. He tries hard and finally he succeeds in a creative way.
Horrible Bosses 2
Film by Sean Anders (Comedy and Crime) Music department Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. Written by SantaClaus
Film (short) by Manav Wadhwa (Comedy and Horror) Composer Tis' holiday season it will be nothing but lumps of bloody coal from Santa
Tujunga Horror Story
Television (Crime, Horror and Romance) Composer A young couple struggling with their relationship and a secret from their past seeks a new beginning by relocating to a restored 1920's home in the quiet suburb of Tujunga, California. Unbeknownst to them, their new home conceals dark secrets of its own. Written by Tujunga Horror Story
Film (short) by Arthur Taylor (Drama) Composer
New York University (New York, NY)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)