Pictured (l-r) at Ocean Way’s Stage M on the Paramount Pictures lot are music scoring mixer Dennis Sands and composer Mark Isham. This session featured a string section with 22 violins, 6 viola, 10 celli, and 4 basses. Photo by David Goggin.Hollywood, CA (February 8, 2008)–Ocean Way’s Stage M hosted numerous orchestral dates for The Express, a new film from director Gary Fleder. Dennis Sands served as scoring mixer for composer, producer and trumpeter Mark Isham at the studio, which is located on the Paramount Pictures lot.
The Express, which stars Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, and Charles S. Dutton, is based on the true story of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Raised in Pennsylvania coalmining country, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen, under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid).
Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports. Davis would develop from an impressive high-school athlete into a legend.
Few thought this quiet young man would become an icon for the burgeoning civil rights movement dividing America in the early 1960s. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Davis broke through one barrier after another. Davis would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field.
From Davis Entertainment, the Universal Pictures film will be released later this year.
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