Alexandre Desplat, the French film composer whose credits include The King’s Speech, Godzilla and Argo, has been named president of the International Jury for the Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 to Sept 6). This is the first time a film composer has been chosen to chair Venice’s Competition jury. Continue reading Composer Alexandre Desplat to head Golden Lion jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival
Natalie Baartz, Music Director for the L.A. company Ignition Creative, will be receiving pitches at a special session in London on May 9, 2014. Baartz commissions, licenses and places music for global movie trailer campaigns for the world’s biggest blockbusters and independent films.
As manager of the music supervision department, Baartz is in charge of the music for all projects, servicing the needs for 7 producers and 25 editors. As well as pitching a huge range of commercial artists, she works closely with composers to do custom scores and produce original covers. Continue reading Pitch music for leading movie trailers
This year’s Midem trade fair will again feature opportunities for syncing music. Sync Sessions offers visitors the opportunity to play tracks in front of music supervisors from global advertising agencies, videogame publishers, TV networks and more, who are looking for music to place in their projects. Note that the songs must be submitted in advance. Chosen tracks are then commented on live, which provides useful information about how supervisors listen to music. Continue reading Sync session at Midem 2014
Music supervisor Mary Ramos, whose work includes “Kill BIll”, the “Twilight Zone” TV series and “Django Unchained” will be giving a keynote address at the Sync Summit for music licensing and supervision in Paris on April 14 & 15, 2014.
Italian composer Ennio Morricone walked away from the European Film Awards with the coveted European Composer Award 2013. The award comes for his work on “The Best Offer”, directed by Giuseppe Tornator and starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland.
Morricone is still best known in the public eye for his distinctive music for a series of westerns in the seventies, but has remained an in-demand composer across very many genres since that time. The 85 year-old averages one film per year, with titles as diverse as “Inglorious Basterds”, “Ripley’s Game”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” and “Once Upon a Time in New York”.
Morricone is currently working on “L’enfant du Sahara”, directed by Laurent Merlin.
Film composer Mychael Danna received two awards for ‘Life of Pi’, namely that of Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Film Score of the Year, at the 13th World Soundtrack Awards 2013 in Ghent, Belgium.
The Peach State Film Fashion Music conference (PSFFM) combines a number of arts under one umbrella in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on November 9, 2013. It offers a comprehensive and detailed conference focused on networking, careers in music, broadcasting, theatre, fashion, film and the basic “How to be effective” in the industry. In all, 5 Workshops and tons of networking opportunities are planned. Continue reading Sync workshop at the Peach State conference