Blink 182 Bassist Scores Short

Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus has scored his first film — a short titled I’m Scared, based on the illustrations of Greg “Craola” Simkins.  In the pantheon of rockers who transitioned to film, Hoppus follows in the footsteps of giants Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor and Stuart Copeland, though it remains to be seen if he’ll ascend to those heights.

Hoppus undertook the effort on behalf of longtime friend Simkins, who was raising funds and awareness for the project on Kickstarter.  The stop-motion animation piece, directed and produced by Peter Levin and produced by Dan Levy and Musa Brooker. A clip was premiered exclusively on Billboard.com, where the music was described as described as “menacing bluegrass, led by a sprightly banjo” and “spooky, but not scary.”

The rocker worked alongside recording engineer James Ingram to capture the four-minute score, which he said it took him about a month to write. If Levin is successful up-selling the short as a feature, Hoppus says he’d definitely be interested in applying his skills to a full-length film. “I want to cut my teeth and get into that whole world and build up my chops,” he told Billboard’s Melinda Newman.

 

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