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Having spent the majority of his career and life as a concert pianist, his interest in music for film has always been close to his heart. "Film is a remarkable vehicle for telling compelling stories, making people believe the unbelievable, and sometimes even inspiring those who, for what ever reason, might have lost the art of hope. Film captures the imagination immediately by engaging many of the senses all at once. Opera comes close, but can't capture the “suspension of reality” aspect like a story told through film can. This is what draws me to music for film. The right music captures the emotion of the moment.”

Watkins has worked with film music legends like Henry Mancini, Lee Holdridge, Dudley Moore, Gordon Goodwin, Richard Kaufman, and Randy Newman. As featured pianist, he's collaborated in performance with Holdridge in concert performances of music from On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek II, and others. He's also worked closely with Head of Music Services at MGM studios, Richard Kaufman. Watkins studied film scoring with Lee Holdridge at Brevard Music Center, and composition with Joel Hoffman at The Cincinnati Conservatory, Gordon Goodwin at The University of South Carolina, and with John Boda at The Florida State University.

With 30 years experience on the world’s concert stages, Watkins brings his knowledge of music performance and composition together at Jacksonville University where he works closely with film professor and director Carolina Conte, and with composition students. Watkins is no stranger to America’s finest composers, having given world premieres of music by Elie Siegmeister and Ned Rorem. At Jacksonville University he has performed new works of fellow composers William Schirmer, Thomas Harrison, and Tony Steve. A devoted educator, Watkins has also performed the works of student composers.

Watkins' first major collaborative project as composer is a feature-length psychological thriller, “hedDA,” based upon Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, directed by Conte. The large, complicated score for this film was recorded by the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Watkins. He is also currently working on a project with Mark O'Brien and Charles F. Beyer on the upcoming featue film Walking Through Fires. Recently Watkins, along with percussionist/composer Tony Steve and violinist Marguerite Richardson recorded Watkins' bold score for the sci-fi short Soul in the Machine, directed by Carlos Rodriguez. He has also created a score for Mac McDonald’s 48-hour project, a sci-fi short titled Handle With Care. Watkins recently gave a lecture to the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association on music and film.