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Composer Steven Price on Making Music for Over the Moon

October 21, 2020 | By
Composer Steven Price on Making Music for <em>Over the Moon</em>

A young girl sets off on a magical adventure in Over the Moon, an animated musical streaming on Netflix starting October 23. Directed by Academy Award-winning animator Glen Keane, the movie takes its inspiration from Chinese tales about Chang’e, an immortal moon goddess. “It’s like the Chinese version of Father Christmas,” according to Steven... »

Terence Blanchard to Receive TIFF’s Artisan Award

August 19, 2020 | By
Terence Blanchard to Receive TIFF’s Artisan Award

Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated composer and musician Terence Blanchard was announced today to as the recipient of the Toronto International Film Festival‘s TIFF Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards. The award recognizes “a distinguished creative who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema and entertainment” with Blanchard having received... »

Review: The One and Only Ivan

August 18, 2020 | By
Review: <em>The One and Only Ivan</em>

Directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You); Adapted from Katherine Applegate’s children’s book by Mike White.    Plot: Just off a highway exit, the Big Top Mall is very different from other malls, mainly because it includes a circus run by showman Mack (Bryan Cranston) with a number of animal acts, including the headliner, a silverback... »

The Musical Journey in The Elephant Queen

July 8, 2020 | By
The Musical Journey in <em>The Elephant Queen</em>

The Elephant Queen is a documentary directed by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor serving as the story voice-over narrator. The film follows elder matriarch Athena, who is responsible to protect her elephant herd after they are forced to leave their waterhole from a drought and take an epic... »

Oscar-Winning Film Composer Ennio Morricone Dies At 91

July 7, 2020 | By
Oscar-Winning Film Composer <em>Ennio Morricone</em> Dies At 91

The Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 on Monday, July 6th, 2020. His Lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, told CNN that he died at dawn in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg. Morricone is best known internationally as the composer behind the melodies from The Good, the... »

Musical Themes in Home Before Dark

May 26, 2020 | By
Musical Themes in <em>Home Before Dark</em>

Home Before Dark is an Apple TV+ original series based on the real-life events of journalist Hilde Lysiak. The show follows 9-year-old Hilde Lisko (Brooklynn Prince) as she investigates a cold case about a missing child whom was childhood friends with her father. Creators Dana Fox and Dara Resnik trusted composer Nathan Lanier to... »

Composer Tom Bimmermann Breaks Out

May 4, 2020 | By
Composer <em>Tom Bimmermann</em> Breaks Out

Composers often toil for years, if not decades, before attaining the coveted status of writing music for motion pictures. Among such modern stalwarts, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, and, surely, John Williams now hold the foremost status among those who write film scores, but it unquestionably took them considerable time to reach those hallowed positions.... »

Matt Schrader Creates Score – A Film Music Documentary

March 6, 2020 | By
Matt Schrader Creates <em>Score – A Film Music Documentary</em>

Though he has been a news producer since 2005, Matt Schrader sought to ‘leap out of that world’ to try something different when he endeavored to create the singular project Score – A Film Music Documentary. While Schrader had seen DVD featurettes about feature film composers, he learned that a full-length movie about the... »

Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, Mary Poppins Returns

January 4, 2019 | By
Contenders: Re-recording Mixers, Mike Prestwood Smith, Michael Keller, <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>

For Mary Poppins Returns, one of the biggest challenges was making the spoken word smoothly transition into the musical sequences. Once the sound and music editing teams prepared all the dialogue and production tracks, singing pre-records, ADR, hard effects, ambiances, foley and music tracks, the various audio elements had to be combined in a... »

Contender: Composer Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman

December 11, 2018 | By
Contender: Composer Terence Blanchard, <em>BlacKkKlansman</em>

“The overall thing about Spike’s films is an undertone of we are all the same. We are all human beings. We are all Americans. I’m always trying to write themes that speak to that idea. That is one of the reasons we use orchestra as much as we can,” shared composer Terrance Blanchard who... »