I’m Jym Pagel, creator and host of NightDocs on YouTube. I’m a documentary filmmaker, film composer, recording engineer, and voice actor. My film scores are unforgettable. I take pride in my ability to tap into the creative energy of my clients and deliver an experience that elevates your film, commercial, or anything to a new level.
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Interview with NightDocs Media
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Ben Drowns Again. It was the first true film score that I ever did and even though I’ve written music that I’m prouder of in a vacuum, this will always hold an extra special place in my heart because it was the first time I was able to see that I could really do this and do it well.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A documentary about the future of artificial intelligence.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use digital mostly for convenience, but I never shy away from true organic sound.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to actually communicate to your audience?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a vision, but allow someone to add to it with an open mind. I would never betray your true vision, but I hope to be seen as a true part of the experience rather than a necessary evil to fill dead air.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ari Aster or Robert Eggers. Those two filmmakers inspire me so much and it would be such an honor to feed off of their creativity and create something wonderful together
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The instant you feel like you’ve hit a dead end, stop. Step away. Come back to it later. Never paint yourself into a corner and feel like it can’t progress. Once you get used to it sounding a certain way, you have to shake things up. Do it differently. Have a plan, but don’t allow the plan to rule you at the cost of the gems of discovery when you go off the beaten path.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Cinematic film scores Rock Metal Pop Piano rock Synthwave Industrial EDM
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Turning emotion into music, whether it’s fear, happiness, sorrow, longing, or whatever it calls for. I’m also very adept at adapting to different styles of music. I personally write music in my free time that ranges from rock and metal, to orchestral film scores, to vaporwave and synthwave.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The music I write is pure, raw emotion. I feel very deeply in general and I’ve always had a knack for translating that into music. I like to really invest myself in a creative work and although we all work for an income, any true creative person will tell you that the most important currency to them is that something they are creating resonates with someone else.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to talk to my clients about their vision, the tone they want, ask them to compare what they have in their mind to what they’ve seen before, and then I start a few scratch pads of music to send to my client to see if we’re on the mark and then adjust as needed. When you are ready for me to formally score a scene, I prefer to have the scene sent to me in a video file. I integrate it with my music production software so that I can score the music directly to the scene, and account for all of the visual cues within the music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: An array of MIDI controllers, recording microphones, high end computers, terabytes of audio samples and world class orchestral libraries
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Film, commercials, documentaries