Douglas Romayne

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Douglas Romayne
Born June 21, 1964
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor, orchestrator, music producer, songwriter, instrumentalist
Instruments Guitar, piano
Years active Since 2002

Douglas Romayne (born June 21, 1964) is a composer writing music for moving pictures (television, film, new media). He is Irish, Scottish and Croatian and works out of his home production studio in Venice, California.

Romayne studied music and advanced orchestration at the University of Chicago and DePaul University with Cliff Colnot, Chicago Symphony Orchestra new music conductor and took private composition studies with composer Hans Wurman, father of Alex Wurman. He studied film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, where he was taught by Christopher Young and Elmer Bernstein among others. He won the BMI Film Music Award, the PCFMF Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Film Music, Best Use of Score nomination by The Film & TV Music Academy and co-scored the Duck Dodgers episode "Invictus Interruptus" that won the Annie Award for Outstanding Music in an Animated Television Production.

Two years after graduating from USC, Romayne was invited by Joss Whedon to score his cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since then, Romayne has scored 8 seasons of television and over 30 films. He met Whedon while working for Chris Beck as Assistant Music Director on the Emmy-nominated Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical "Once More, with Feeling". Following Buffy Romayne co-scored seasons four and five of Whedon's "Angel" for Fox, David Greenwalt's supernatural thriller Miracles, Rob Bowman's action-packed series starring Taye Diggs "Day Break" for Touchstone TV and Warner Bros. Animation's Looney Tunes series Duck Dodgers.

Romayne's film work scoring independent features and documentaries includes the Screamfest Crystal Skull winner H.H.Holmes'; studio projects include additional music on "Big Fat Liar", The Skulls III and The Skulls II for Universal, Stealing Harvard for Sony, "Interstate 60" for Samuel Goldwyn Films; and short projects include a strong showing of award-winning films by emerging director including Rocketboy – honored with Best Comic Film award (Comic-Con), Best Film (Malibu Celebration of Films Festival), Gold Medal for Musical Excellence (PCFMF) and Best Use of Score (Film & TV Music Academy) – among many others.


Memorable tracks by Douglas Romayne from Buffy (season 7) and Angel (seasons 4 and 5) include the following:

  • "In Westbury Field" plays when Giles is introduced in England ("Lessons")
  • The suite of "Istanbul" "Just in Time" and "Lesson One" is the score to the opening sequence of 7.01 – from a slayer being chased, then murdered in Turkey to Buffy training Dawn to fight vampires to Buffy's worries about the new school ("Lessons")
  • "It's About Power" underscores the final scene in ("Lessons") when The One transforms itself
  • "On The Mend" which plays when Buffy helps Willow heal from the Gnarl ("Same Time, Same Place")
  • "Mrs" – music and lyrics by Joss Whedon, song arranged and produced by Douglas Romayne and sung by Anya in ("Selfless")
  • "Another Way Out" which plays when Angel, Wes, Lilah, Fred and Connor are trying to escape the Beast, set loose at Wolfram and Hart ("Habeas Corpses")
  • "Chasing Lilah" which plays in Angel 4.12 ("Calvary")
  • "Cordy's Journey" which plays over a montage of scenes showing that Cordy is possessed ("Inside Out")
  • "The Hellmouth" which plays when Spike magically appears in Angel's office straight from Buffy 7.22 ("Unleashed")
  • "Puppet Fight" which plays when Angel, transformed into a puppet, has a showdown with evil puppets taking over the lives of children in LA ("Smile Time")
  • "One Day To Live" which plays while Angel and the gang try to save Fred from dying of a mystical disease ("A Hole in the World")


Douglas Romayne's first film score album "Expressing the Inexpressible"[1] is a compilation of 8 film scores available at iTunes, MovieScore Media and CD Baby, where it is an editor's choice selection.

Film Score Monthly's Steven A. Kennedy wrote, "...This a fabulous demonstration of Romayne's ability to create melodic, large-sounding scores in many genres...This release is highly recommended for those interested in hearing a voice that we can only hope will move on to more high profile assignments..."[2]

Mark Hasan of KQEK wrote, "It's hard to come out from under the shadow of a cult TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but this compilation CD featuring selections from 8 scores by Douglas Romayne is both a superb promo for the composer's skillful writing, and an addictive album, particularly for film music fans wanting music with a rich, elegant orchestral sound..."[3]


Year Award Event Film
2009 Director's Choice Award, Gold Medal for Excellence in Film Music Park City Film Music Festival[4] The End of All Things
2009 Director's Choice Award, Best Documentary Underscore Park City Film Music Festival[4] The Constant Process
2008 Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Film Music Park City Film Music Festival[4] Entity: Nine, Shelter, Rocketboy, Freedomland, Beyond the Silence
2008 Gold Medal for Musical Excellence Park City Film Music Festival[4] Entity: Nine
2008 Gold Medal for Musical Excellence Park City Film Music Festival[4] Shelter
2008 Gold Medal for Musical Excellence Park City Film Music Festival[4] Rocketboy
2008 Gold Medal for Musical Excellence Park City Film Music Festival[4] Freedomland
2008 Gold Medal for Musical Excellence Park City Film Music Festival[4] Beyond the Silence
2007 Best Use of Film Score Award Film & TV Music Awards[5] Rocketboy
2005 Annie Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music for an Animated Television Program Annie Awards[6] Duck Dodgers episode "Invictus Interruptus" (award shared by Robert J. Kral, Douglas Romayne, Zoran Boris)
2000 BMI Outstanding Achievement in Film Scoring Award BMI Film & TV Music Awards[7] Fishing & Religion; University of Southern California


TELEVISION (short list)

20th Century Fox/Mutant Enemy
episode 7.01 "Lessons"
episode 7.03 "Same Time, Same Place,"
director/producer Joss Whedon
cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon

20th Century Fox/Mutant Enemy
composer: additional music
season four episodes 4.08–4.21,
season five episodes 5.01-04,5.06–5.11,5.13–5.21
producers Joss Whedon, Jeff Bell, David Greenwalt
cast: David Borneanaz, James Marsters, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Touchstone TV/Greenwalt
composer: additional music
episodes 1.02–1.13
pr. David Greenwalt, wr. Richard Hatem
cast: Skeet Ulrich, Angus Macfadyen, Hector Elizondo, Jacob Smith

Touchstone TV
composer: additional music
episodes 1.02–1.04
pr. Rob Bowman
cast: Taye Diggs, Moon Bloodgood, Adam Baldwin, Andrea Battle

Warner Bros Animation
composer: additional music
season one episodes 1.02–1.06,1.09–1.13,
season two episodes 2.01- 2.13,
season three episodes 3.01–3.11,3.13
pr. Tony Cervone, Spike Brandt
cast: Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, Tia Carerre, Michael Dorn,
awards: Annie Award, Outstanding Music For An Animated Television Show

USA Network
composer: additional music
dir. Thom Fitzgerald, pr. Donald Kushner
cast: Tim Curry, Shawn Ashmore, Shelby Fenner

FILM (short list)

Universal Home/Newmarket Group/Original Film
composer: additional music
dir. J. Miles Dale, pr. Neal Moritz
cast: Clare Kramer, Barry Bostwick, Bryce Johnson

Universal/Original Films
composer: additional music
dir. Joe Chappelle, pr. Neal Moritz
cast: Nathan West, Lindy Booth, Aaron Ashmore

Revolution Studios/Imagine/Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures
composer: source music
orchestrator, conductor
dir. Bruce McCulloch, pr. Susan Cavan, writer Peter Tolan,
exec. pr. Chris Brancato, Howard Lapides, Maureen Peyrot, Bert Salke
cast: Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann

INTERSTATE 60:Episodes Of The Road
Fireworks Entertainment/Seven Arts/Firecorp Xi/Samuel Goldwyn Films/Screen Media
composer: source music
director/writer Bob Gale, pr. Peter Bray, Neil Canton,Ira Deutchman
cast: Michael J. Fox, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Smart, James Marsden

Tollin/Robbins, Universal Pictures
composer: source music
dir. Shawn Levy, wr. Brian Robbins, Dan Schneider, pr. Michael Tollin, dp. Jonathan Brown
cast: Paul Giamatti, Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, Amanda Detmer, Sandra Oh

dir. Peter Rhoads, dp. Jonathan Brown
cast: Amanda Detmer, Lance Barber

dir. Justin Guerrieri, pr. Veronica Shamo-Garcia, Arvin Chen, dp. Joseph White
cast: Robert Picardo, Hunter Gomez and David Clennon

dir. Lindsey Shockley, pr. Julie Sifuentes and John Blair dp. Steven Edell
cast: Hanna Hall and Julie Pop

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Composer Douglas Romayne/Shop". Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Film Score Monthly review of Expressing the Inexpressible
  3. ^ "CD / LP / MP3 Review: Expressing the Inexpressible". Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Screenings". Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ The Film & TV Music Awards Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Annie Awards :: Home". Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "IMDbPro". Retrieved February 16, 2015.