Student Scores a Documentary on Metalcore Band For Today

There are many professional avenues students in the online Music Production bachelor of science degree program can take – for instance, they can specialize in songwriting, producing, sound engineering, performing, even music archiving.

First-year student Stephen “Zane” Callister says he’s already found his niche in film scoring, and he has credits on an upcoming music documentary to prove it.

Callister did the scoring and musical direction on Prevailer, a biography about the popular Christian metalcore band, For Today. Prevailer will be released by Razor and Tie Records on April 2 and will be coupled with a new 5-song EP of the same name. The EP-documentary set will be sold on iTunes and at Best Buy and Hot Topic nationwide.

To create the score for the documentary, Callister, who is based in Kansas City, Missouri, worked remotely with videographer James Baney. Callister said the music he wrote for the documentary has a “post-rock ambient vibe” and also includes pop and drum and bass sounds.

Callister said his ultimate goal is to work in television or film or for a marketing agency creating music for video, TV or commercials.

“The idea of writing music that helps be a catalyst for the viewer to receive the message – whatever that may be – I love that idea,” said Callister. “I’m very passionate about making my pursuits of creating and designing for film and television a career.”