John Ross Jesensky is a composer and screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles. John received a Bachelors of Music in Composition from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with such composers as Stephen Gryc, David Macbride, Larry Alan Smith, and film composer Joseph Turrin.
Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, John began to focus his skills on the art of Film Scoring. While attending New York University’s film scoring program, John studied privately with renowned film orchestrator Sonny Kompanek as well as prolific film composer Ira Newborn.
Upon graduating from the Scoring for Film and Multimedia program at NYU with a Masters of Music degree, John was awarded the Elmer Bernstein Award for Film Composition. He also was the winner of the Skirball Film Scoring Competition with his score to Michael Daugherty’s short, Season’s Greetings, during his tenure at NYU. The winning piece was performed live in a concert by the NYU Orchestra.
Jesensky is currently the engraver for CineConcerts, creating fully-restored scores for live orchestra performances of feature films. He is also a freelance film composer, scoring short and feature-length films as well as trailer and source music for top production companies.
Several of his short scores have made appearances and won awards at events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, Bare Bones Film Festival and La Gona Film Festival. A recent short has been selected to appear at the L.A. Film Festival, as well as the Newport Beach Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, and the D.C. Film Festival.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
My first home was in Cheshire, CT – the “Bedding Plant Capitol of the World.” My parents bought the house in 1980 on a piece of discontinued farm property.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
Before buying the house, my parents lived in a condo complex in neighboring Waterbury, CT since getting married. Prior to that, they both grew up in single family homes in Cheshire, CT from the 1960’s.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
My parents chose to purchase a house to move back to the beautiful town they had called home for so long. They also planned to expand their family by having a child, and although that wouldn’t happen for 4 years (there were a lot of renovations to do!) it did eventually become my childhood home.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
Three things that are most appealing about the Jesensky family home are the beautiful scenic location – overlooking beautiful wheat fields and woods in all directions. Also, the home has a very understated old charm that is often missing in newer homes. Finally, the bottom floor of the house has an open floor plan, allowing my family to spread out, but never feel too far away from each other.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
Part of living on land with wheat fields is the inevitability of country mice. While this is no problem with the house, I do have memories of capturing and setting free the mice that had managed to make their way into the house!
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
When my parents bought the house in 1980, it was a single story home. My father, with the help of his father and friends, built the entire upper floor of the house I grew up in, doubling the space, and giving 3 growing boys ample room to spread out.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
My parents still live in that house today, and although many changes have occurred to the interior, it remains the warm and inviting place I remember from my childhood.
What advice would you give to other first time home buyers?
Do as much research as possible, and talk to those who have gone through the process before you. Even though it’s a lot of work, it’s way better to be overly prepared, than to find yourself in a costly situation that could have been avoided by some planning and foresight.