Music as a Foundation

Cello takes a unique approach to incorporating music into the core of the narrative. This is the story of a maestro who is losing his ability to commune with what he loves most in life: playing his cello. Director Angie Su carefully researched and collaborated on creating a story which incorporates an authentic representation of the classical music world and the connection a performer has with the written music. 

The story in CELLO is told directly through music, while incorporating image and dialogue... 

Meet the Composer

He began his first national tour with Bette Midler in 1977, at the age of 19. Kerber was nominated for an Oscar in 1986, along with Quincy Jones and others, for Best Original Score for the motion picture, "The Color Purple". He was nominated for a Grammy for his arrangement of "Over the Rainbow" for Barbra Streisand.

As a studio keyboardist, Randy Kerber has worked on over 800 motion pictures including Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, and the first three films of the Harry Potter franchise. The piano in the opening and closing scenes of Forrest Gump, which features a feather floating in the wind, was played by Randy Kerber.

He has been an orchestrator on over 50 films, including work with Academy Award winner James Horner. He worked with Eric Clapton as keyboardist, orchestrator, and conductor on the film Rush - playing on the Grammy Award-winning song "Tears in Heaven".

During his career, Randy Kerber has worked with a wide range of artists such as Michael Jackson, Paul Anka, Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Bill Medley, Annie Lennox, Art Garfunkel, Anastacia, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Elisa, Julio Iglesias, Barry Manilow, Ricky Martin, Bette Midler, Corey Hart, Eric Burdon, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, George Benson, Diana Ross, Marta Sanchez, Frank Sinatra, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Dionne Warwick; and groups including Air Supply, America, Def Leppard, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Lisa Stansfield, The Three Degrees and A. R. Rahman

Recently, Randy Kerber has performed piano solos on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Robert Zemeckis' "Flight", and Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra for which he also trained Michael Douglas. Kerber has been working closely with actors Jason Schwartzman for his role in the Disney film Saving Mr. Banks and Zoe Saldana for her turn as Nina Simone in the biopic Nina.

Elgar's Cello Concerto

For his final concert, Master Cellist Ansel Evans selects one of the most beloved post-modern cello pieces. Through preparing for and performing the piece, he uncovers great depths within himself and reflects on a life well-lived.

Take a listen to Lynn Harrell, performing the piece:


Adapting Elgar's Concerto for Film

In order to have Elgar's Cello Concerto fit within the context of the movie, the filmmakers went to great lengths to carefully pair-down the near half-hour piece to a span of just a few minutes. With help from master-conductor and Orchestrator William Ross (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Forrest Gump) and master cellist Lynn Harrell, the filmmakers were able to find a story within the piece which matches the struggle of the main characters.

The recording process

The soundtrack for CELLO will be recorded over two days at the legendary SONY recording Studios in Los Angeles. More information to follow...