Music Composer for Film, Television, and Media
Film and TV composer Michelle Bruski-Dumpert is known for her emotionally-nuanced scores to award-winning indie dramas. In the true-story nightmare LUCINDA, Michelle’s haunting score is both delicate and terrifying; LUCINDA won Best Horror Film at Milan’s Reale International Film Festival, received recognition at two more festivals, and is still gaining momentum on the international festival circuit. In the dark comedy-horror ROSEBLOOD, her score encompasses high society piano, devolving into hybrid horror tones, and finally emerging with soul-wrenching melodic cello; ROSEBLOOD received recognition at the Nosferatu, Idaho Film, and New York Film Flash Festivals.
Michelle's recent orchestral and guitar score for the fantasy thriller BABY BLUES, now entering festivals, is at times intense, and at times strangely sweet. She scored the mystery thriller BOUND, directed by
Australia Kincannon, which was awarded Best Feature Screenplay Gold at WRPN Women’s International Film Festival, winner at the Red International Screenplay Contest and CFIF Changing Face International Film Festival, semi-finalist at Shriekfest, and recognized at Prisma, Hollywood Horrorfest and Indie Visions Film Festivals.
Photograph by Thomas C. Bruski
Michelle's other scoring projects include a fairy tale orchestral score for the award-winning family fantasy POCKET; an energetic theme for the upcoming lifestyle reality series KIM AT THE GYM; the family drama SPOON which has screened at festivals across the Pacific Northwest; and the psychological thriller ALONE IN THE COLD, for which she created a bold and twisted hybrid piano score.
Also a producer and songwriter-lyricist, Michelle’s achievements include her song "Family" reaching #1 on the Indie Charts with multi Emmy-winner Doc Holiday producing, and her song “Country Attitude” being recognized by the Austin Songwriters Group for Outstanding Achievement and recorded by multi Emmy-winner Denny Gore (Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, Michael Martin Murphy). She earned a Master Certificate in Song Writing & Producing through Berklee College of Music. Michelle was co-lead singer and songwriter in Wise River Road, a popular country-rock band that performed across several Northwestern states.
Earning her Master’s Degree in Film Scoring at the prestigious Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, Michelle was closely mentored by multi Emmy award-winning composer Hummie Mann (ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS; THOMAS & THE MAGIC RAILROAD, DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT). Growing up in rural Montana, she worked as a science teacher and school administrator before pivoting to her dream career in music. She travels frequently to international film festivals and major film markets, and works out of her home studio in a small oceanside town outside of Seattle, Washington.