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The Film Soundtrack Center announce the best of 2014

The Film Soundtrack Center recently published their 1st annual Film Soundtrack Center Awards.

Here are the 2014 honorees:

Best Composer – Alexandre Desplat  (The Golden Compass, Argo)

Best Original Film Soundtrack – Maleficent by James Newton Howard  (Stir of Echoes)

Best Television Theme – Penny Dreadful by Abel Korzeniowski (Romeo and Juliet, A Single Man)

Best Television Score – Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey by Alan Silvestri

A list of all the winners can be found at the Film Soundtrack Center website.

 

Morricone will continue touring in 2015

The master himself, Ennio Morricone, warmly addressed concerned fans this week on Youtube. He’s made a full recovery, and will continue his tour next year!

 

Adweek’s Top 20 Viral Ads for 2014

Adweek put out its list of the 20 best viral ads for 2014. Nike, P&G, KLM and Volkswagen were all listed for their effective and most importantly, creative ads.

See the list on AdWeek website.

We also have our own collection of advertisement placements. Take a look!

 

The FG Score Quiz

Think you’re a film, tv and game score expert? Test your knowledge with this quiz from Film & Game Composer.

 

The Britdoc Impact Award

Five documentary films were awarded with the Britdoc Impact Award, celebrating films that made the “greatest impact on society.” We love working with documentary filmmakers, and love even more then they recognized for their work.

Netflix is offering another $5,000 for these honorees, but they will be leaving it up to the Twittersphere to select the winner using the hashtag #NetflixHi5.

Source: Britdoc

 

Photo credit: Gabriel Molina

 

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This week’s film music news roundup follows stories from the biggest names in film composing!

One of the American Youth Symphony’s tenets is to share “exceptional, innovative concerts” featuring musicians from the ages of 15-27. On November 23rd, and one of the concerts will be taking place in Los Angeles, celebrating the work of Danny Elfman (Good Will Hunting)! Prior to the concert, there will be a symposium featuring composer David Newman (Tarzan), orchestrator Steve Bartek and sound engineer Dennis Sands. We’re there!

Source: American Youth Symphony website

 

Academy Award nominee Marco Beltrami (Resident Evil, Mimic, Underworld: Evolution) adds his haunting score to the film, “The Homesman”. Directed and starring by Academy Award Winner, Tommy Lee Jones and co-starring fellow award winners Meryl Streep and Hillary Swank, the western themed film is one of the year’s most anticipated. “The Homesman” marks the third collaboration between Beltrami and Jones.

In creating the score, Beltrami left the comfortable trappings of the recording studios and decided to write this haunting score outdoors.

“Beltrami took a piano and put it atop a hill, with the piano wires stretching 175 feet across the mountains to capture the sound of the blowing Santa Ana winds.”

Source: We Are Movie Geeks

 

Speaking of epic scores, we revisit the music of Middle Earth with an outdoor screening of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in its entirety. This screening will be taking place next April in San Jose and it will feature a full orchestra. The Symphony Silicon orchestra will be playing Howard Shore’s (Cop Land, Doubt) timeless score against a backdrop of a 48-by-20-foot screen showing “The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” consecutively.

“The logistics are huge. It’s the biggest project we’ve ever done,” said Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley. It is estimated that the orchestra will be continuously playing over 10 hours of Howard Shore’s award-winning score.

Source: San Jose Mercury

 

James Horner’s (Apocalypto, Red Heat, The Man Without a Face) music will always be associated with blockbuster films, but in an unconventional move he will be lending his immense talent to concert music.

James Horner admits: “I’ve always wanted to write a ballet.”

“Pas De Deux” or “step of two” in English, is the title of Horner’s composition that will feature the talents of brother-sister duo Hakon and Mari Samuelsen on strings, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

Source: The Liverpool Echo

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We worked with Media Arts Lab to place the track “Stamp Album” by Alex Heffes from the film Dear Frankie in this Coral Reef segment by Conservation International. Their project, Nature Is Speaking, sets out to conserve the planet we live in. Visit their site to learn more and be a part of the cause. #natureisspeaking

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Film scoring duties will be split between Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes, The House of the Spirits) and Junkie XL (Paranoia, DOA: Dead or Alive) in the upcoming “Batman v Superman.” The two powerhouse composers will write opposing themes to carry the “Caped Crusader” and the “Man of Steel,” and we can’t wait to hear what they come up with!

Source: Comic Book Resources

 

Considered a “Billion Dollar Composer”, Alexandre Desplat (The Golden Compass, Argo, Birth) is one of entertainment’s most sought-after talents. From “Girl with the Pearl Earring” to “The Golden Compass” and most recently, “The Imitation Game”, Desplat’s resume is full of big-name collaborations and projects.

Check out what several Academy Award winning producers and directors like Wes Anderson, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper and George Clooney are saying about Desplat in this Variety feature!

Source: Variety

 

It is safe to say we are in a “golden age” for television. With shows like “Breaking Bad”, “Game of Thrones” and “Sherlock” captivating the world’s attention, the same can be said for their respective scores.

A quote from this article in The Guardian:

Increasingly, television scores are becoming integral to shows, helping drive the action forward, accentuating the drama or highlighting the atmosphere.

Brian Reitzell (Beginners, Shrink) on writing for television, “Every second of Hannibal is a heightened reality,”… “The musical atmosphere is part of the ambient background of the entire show. That’s why on average there is 40-plus minutes of music on Hannibal and the entire show is only 43 minutes. Sometimes there’s more music than visual!”

Source: The Guardian

 

The film and television composing community came together Nov. 5 for the “The Blurred Line Between Film and Television” panel that took place at the Universal Studios lot in Universal City. As part of the Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference, the panel discussed the “blurred line” between writing for film and writing for television. Fil Eisler, Chad Fischer, Trevor Morris, Blake Neely, Atli Örvarsson (The Mortal Instrumental: City of Bones) and Michael Penn discussed their methodology and approach to film and television shows, the demands of each, and why they chose the paths they have taken.

Source: Billboard

 

Photo Credit: Syed Faizan

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We start with two of rock and film music’s greatest minds. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, fresh off the success of the film score to Gone Girl, will be delivering the keynote Q&A at the 2014 Billboard + Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, taking place on Nov. 5 and 6 in Los Angeles.

Source: Billboard

Harvard Leadership put the spotlight on one of film music’s up-and-coming rock stars, Brian Tyler (Bug, Frailty, Paparazzi). The Los Angeles native speaks about his education at Harvard and UCLA, and growing his indie-film experience into composing scores for big-budget summer blockbusters.

Source: Harvard Leadership

Also in LA, specifically Royce Hall at UCLA — the Film Music Society, in collaboration with the American Youth Symphony, will be holding a celebration of film music on November 23. It starts with a symposium headed by guest conductor David Newman (Tarzan, Animals United). And it finishes with a concert titled “The Elfman Project III”,  where members of the American Youth Symphony will be performing selections of guest conductor Danny Elfman‘s (Goodwill Hunting, Chicago) most iconic scores.

Source: Film Music Society Facebook

A screening of the film, The Theory of Everything will be shown at the iPic Theater on. The massive Academy Award contender features a score composed by Johann Johannson, who will be doing a Q&A after the screening.

Source: The Society of Composers and Lyricists

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Bonus! Arbel and Callie from our music team made a stellar appearance at The Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA. Fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Track: “There Are People Here” composed by Ilan Eshkeri from Retreat

The “Horror Vault” is an online movie library that celebrates the long lineage of horror cinema. From monster movies to slasher movies and everything else in between, The Horror Vault has it!

Our friends Andrew Snook and the Edit Pool (UK) recently produced a sizzle reel for the Horror Vault, featuring classic scenes from decades of horror films. We placed the track “There Are People Here” by Ilan Eshkeri from the film Retreat.

Looking for the right track for your project? We can help! Begin here.

 

Score Revolution is relaunched with a new website, fresh graphics and of course, a great selection of instrumental music to license.

Exciting news! We’ve revamped our website with some great new features that will make it even easier for you to find the perfect music for your project.

We now provide easy access to an expanded array of downloadable playlists and our entire catalog of film scores, by name or composer. Still featured, of course, are Score Revolution’s great proprietary Filter and Keyword tools as well as our amazing Upload Search. Create your free account today at www.scorerevolution.com and start exploring the best instrumental music available!

Our new playlists page is full of suggestions for your music needs.

 

As always, our creative licensing team is here to back up the website and help you find that perfect piece to take your project to the next level. Feel free to reach out to either Arbel or Kaitlyn with a brief and he will help you find that golden track!

Our catalog is growing and growing. Visit us often or contact our music experts for the latest scores to our library.

We love seeing film music used in ads!

In a recent campaign for Volkswagen France, “Corlleoni’s Brown” from Brighton Rock composed by Martin Phipps, a distinct, jazzy piece of music, was used for the score.

The ad which depicts a fun day at the carnival, shows patrons riding the bumper cars. But for some reason, the bumper cars were not bumping into one another. As if some force of nature or technology prohibited the bumper cars from running into one another.

Enter the light, jazzy and somewhat comedically sinister theme by Martin Phipps. “Corlleoni’s Brown”. The fast tempo, bebop inspired piece was perfect as the carnival patrons exhibited their frustration with not being able to “bump” into one another. The aspect of not “bumping” into one another is the premise of the ad as it promotes Volkswagen emergency anti-collision system.

 

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In a recent article by Variety Magazine, entertainment journalist Joshua Rivera spotlights the best composer/director combos in film. With the recent release of the Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross and David Fincher collaboration “Gone Girl”, it brings to the forefront many dynamic teams in the world of music and film.

Here are a few of our favorite directing and composing duos:

Steven Spielberg and John Williams

Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer

Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone

Tim Burton and Danny Elfman

Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann

Feel free to add more in the comments.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

Speaking of amazing director and composing duos, the musical half of the films Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan and Noah, Clint Mansell discusses his career in an interview with British independent newspaper, The Skinny. He discusses how he and longtime collaborative partner, Darren Aronofsky met and the common threads that keep their working relationship so strong.

Clint Mansell on film music influences:

“I always loved film music. Growing up watching films with my Dad – I was a teenager in the 70s and there was great film and TV music everywhere; Klute, The Parallax View, Assault on Precinct 13, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Stingray, Star Trek, Dr Who. It was an unbeknown influence at that time. I thought film composer was a job that other people did, it seemed impossible to break into.”

Source: The Skinny

 

The newly built Krakow Arena was blessed with the power of 007 prior to the Krakow Film and Music Festival. The first of many performance in the arena was a tribute to the music of James Bond. Of course, plenty of the notable pop vocal themes like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and A View to a Kill were performed. But this night was dedicated to the scores written by the late 007 composer John Barry as well as the man who took up Barry’s mantle, David Arnold.

Besides the inimitable James Bond theme itself, the Krakow Philharmonic soared through pieces from 20 of the 25 007 movies.

Source: News from Poland

 

Photo Credits: Double Features Show, Geeky Nerfherder and Diario Fuerza

 

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The Zurich Film Festival attracted the film world to the Swiss capital for the past week. With Diane Keaton receiving their Icon Award and several feature films premiering, the festival did turn their eye to the world of film music. An “Evening dedicated to Hans Zimmer” was the title of the film festival’s special night where they awarded a lifetime achievement award to Zimmer and entertained the audience with his body of work from “The Lion King” to “Sherlock Holmes”.

“This year’s film music concert revolved around Oscar-winning German composer Hans Zimmer, who received the 10th Zurich Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Source: Screen Daily

The advertising news portal Adweek serves an article on why licensed music matters. As musicians slowly warmed to the idea of allowing their music to appear on ads, advertisers are taking this atmosphere and using the music with respect to the artists wishes. Adweek highlights the advertising guile of Hyundai and Chobani yogurt and their ability to balance music and product exposure. Take notice of how advertisers use the licensed music for atmosphere rather than the focus of the commercial.

Source: Adweek

Attach the name Martin Scorsese to your “gangster” movie and you are surely to get attention. Far from the conventional Mafia movie Scorsese produces and directs, the upcoming film “Revenge of the Green Dragon” spotlights the organized crime underworld of East Asian immigrants in late 1980’s New York. As producer, Scorsese hired composer Mark Killian to score the film and ultimately bring both an Asian and American tone to the film.

Source: Film Music Reporter

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Abdullah AlBargan
Thomas Hawk
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