Joe Adkins



Joe Adkins @ Ravensworth studios

Pictured: Adam Carter, J. Adkins, Jessica Carey (photo), Butch Taylor.

My work involves the often-overlapping domains of technology and the arts. I create music for film/multi-media and for traditional and new venues. As a founding member of the creative production group The Misery Brothers, I help write and produce original content for a variety of purposes. I recently collaborated with film director and Misery Sister Melanie Mandl on a film project for The Autry Museum of the American West (Los Angeles) that premieres October, 2016.

My work in web and software development began in Y2K when I helped create an award-winning official website for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since then, I have developed projects for organizations including Oxford University Press, The American Medical Association, American Association of Pediatrics, Actress Halle Berry, The STAPLES Center, and the US Government.

- J. Adkins, Ph.D.

Autry Museum of the American West

Still from Autry Museum of the American West Film

Still from film by Melanie Mandl

Mabel is a biographical stop-motion short about Mabel McKay, a Pomo Indian Medicine Woman and Basket Weaver. The film was created by Los Angeles Filmmaker Melanie Mandl for The Autry Museum of the American West. The musical score was composed and produced by J. Adkins, performed by J. Adkins and Adam Carter, recorded by Butch Taylor at Ravensworth Studios.


Still from Tomatoface Commercial

Photo: Exceprt from Tomatoface!, produced by The Misery Brothers

The Misery Brothers’ commercial Tomatoface!, made for Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix, won a bronze “Cannonball” award in the area’s most prestigious advertising award show. The commercial was recognized alongside that of the Martin Agency, among others, for work that included nationally aired ads for Geico Insurance and Tic Tac mints.

The spot was written by The Misery Brothers (with Rob Wooten, of Texas Beach), co-produced with Lucas Krost, of The Branching, , directed by Melanie Mandl, filmed on location at GWARbar, with cinemetography by Mark Mervis. The props were made by Corotted Artistry, with music by GWAR and J. Adkins. Starring: Abbey Reddington, Michael Bishop, Shannon Roulet, and Jessica Carey.

Virginia Film Festival

Virginia Film Festival posters

Trailers: Jonah Tobias Design: Watermark Design

I worked with Motion Graphics Artist Jonah Tobias (Supersize Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden) to create these short intro animations which precede all the films shown at the annual Virginia Film Festival.

Pigs are Friends

Pigs are Friends Farm Sancutary Commercial

Still from film by Melanie Mandl

PSA spot produced for Farm Sanctuary. The short stop-motion film set and characters are made entirely of paper, brilliantly animated by Los Angeles filmmaker Melanie Mandl, with lighting by Mark Mervis, music by J. Adkins.

The ad was featured in The Huffington Post

Strange Tales from Appalachia

Scene painting from Pammanottus

Painting by J. Adkins

Strange Tales from Appalachia, a series of re-imagined Appalachian Folktales, is a contemporary 'musical drama', whose predecessors include Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Stravinsky’s L'histoire du soldat. The compositional style employed in Pammanottus was inspired by the traditional Appalachian music I grew up with, as well as music by Toru Takemitsu, Charles Ives, and Béla Bartók. From a storytelling perspective, my work was inspired (and borrows its name from) 17th C. Chinese writer Pu Songling's Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, and 20th C. Japanese writer Kenji Miyazawa.

This work is currently being produced as a stop-motion animated film by The Misery Brothers.

CYC - Animated Short

Stop-motion film set

CYC set in progress, Keystone Studio Los Angeles

Stop-motion animated short with orchestral score (in production). More info coming as the project develops.

Soundcloud playlist

Misery Brothers

Misery Brothers Logo

Logo Design: Rob Wooten

The Misery Brothers are a small but powerful collection of creatives working in film, music, and creative project development for traditional and new media. The founding members are filmmaker Melanie Mandl, former VCU Assoc. Dean of Development John Bryan (Writer/Artist), Justin Laughter (Musician, Attorney), GWAR singer/bassist Michael Bishop, and Composer Joe Adkins