Here’s one of mine. Airs tomorrow night on ABC1 at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A style session on ABC2 with Tom Tilley. Check it out – important issues raised here too.
Listen to the music here
The long awaited trailer for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D has been released! Check it out below.
Did you catch the article on the history of ‘Saving Mr Banks’ by Karl Quinn in Fairfax papers today? I scored the original documentary The Shadow of Mary Poppins which inspired the Hollywood film starring Emma Thompson as Pamela Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
Ian Collie, who is quoted in the article, produced our original documentary (which was inspired by Valerie Lawson’s biography of Pamela) and also produced the new film. Quite a connection. There might be more to this story shortly. Stay tuned…
Went to the Melbourne cast & crew screening of James Cameron’s ‘Deepsea Challenge‘ in 3D this weekend with my fellow co-composers Ricky Edwards and Amy Bastow. Great to finally see it on the big screen too.
Hi everyone. Dingo – Wild Dog at War is screening this Sunday at 7:30pm on ABC1. Great timeslot. I did this one late last year. Didge playing by the criminally underrated Kristan Baker (There you go K-man!)
Here’s the synopsis from the Essential Media and Entertainment website:
“The Australian bush is at war… ‘DINGO’ follows farmer and canine advocate Dave Graham as he hunts for solutions to the dilemma surrounding Australia’s native canine the Dingo. A secretive and stealthy predator, Dingoes are responsible for devastating livestock losses. Farmers, in defense of their livelihoods, have long retaliated with culling. It’s a battle for survival, and it’s escalating. But is the Dingo really a villain? New research shows the Dingo may play a pivotal role in protecting Australian ecosystems. Sadly, this research also shows that the pure Dingo is on the brink of extinction. Featuring stunning behavioral photography and a wide cast of passionate stakeholders, this one-hour natural history documentary will attempt to untangle one of the most complex and emotional debates facing the Australian landscape today.”
The next 2 episodes of Mako Mermaids have some of my favourite music cues of the series! There are some big signature tunes and motifs in there too that keep reappearing as the series progresses. Moon Pools, tridents, Mako Island for Ep13 (today) and a bunch of tension and slapstick for Ep14. Great fun to write.
Tune in today at 4pm on Network Ten Australia.
Well, it’s arrived 🙂 The 3-part BBC documentary series The Polar Bear Family & Me I scored last year has made it to our shores.
Screening from this Sunday 6th October on Network Ten at the family friendly hour of 6:30pm, it’s worth a look.
Ozdox are hosting a screening and discussion on our documentary film The Worm Hunters tonight Wednesday 14th August at AFTRS in Sydney at 6:30. The Worm Hunters has an unconventional structure for a documentary and as such “Ozdox is showing this film primarily because of its form. In this session we will ask you, the viewer, to decide whether this documentary’s use of animated graphics, fast cutting, layered editing and multi-character stories enhances or devalues its mission of revealing important information about one of nature’s most maligned, undervalued and forgotten animals…
Randall who has a conservatorium degree in music composition and performance believes that “sound is the king and queen” and great music “is the heart and soul” of a film. The brief he gave composer Brett Aplin was to create a score for a “global James Bond spy drama” — so how does such a sonic “soul” fit with serious documentary purpose?” (from the Ozdox website)
It’s won a bunch of awards so if you love documentary check it out and be part of the discussion
Yes, this is pretty cool. Along with Ricky Edwards and Amy Bastow I have co-composed the score for DeepSea Challenge, the new James Cameron 3D documentary which chronicles his amazing descent to the deepest point in the world’s oceans, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
(No, it’s not the Marinara Trench as one of my friends claims although I can see his logic there…)
You can check out all the amazing details at the official Nat Geo DeepSea Challenger website
Here’s a pic from the film
It was a real thrill, particularly the part where we got to record a string, brass and woodwinds section! Nice to ditch the orchestral samples occasionally. Here’s a couple of pix from the session at Allan Eaton’s in Melbourne
I reckon you’d be hard-pressed to figure out which composer wrote which cue but to point you in the right direction, I did a few of the factory scenes and a number of the dives, including the final dive (Yes, when you hear it that is a 17 minute cue…). You can guess the rest. The score was mixed in 5.1 surround at Trackdown Studios in Sydney.
I’m proud of the score and to have been involved. Thanks to Ray, Lisa, Jim and Peter H in particular. Check out the film won’t you. It’s getting a theatrical release – I have my fingers crossed for late 2013 but you never know with these things. I’ll keep you posted.
Any parents of school age kids out there? I’ve just wrapped the new children’s TV series Mako Mermaids by legendary producer Jonathan M. Shiff (Ocean girl, Wicked Science, H20: Just add water, The Elephant Princess, Horace and Tina, Pirate Islands and the list goes on). The series is co-composed by the extremely talented Ricky Edwards and is a 26-part half hour series to be screened locally on Network Ten, and internationally pretty much everywhere! I was on board full time from Episode 9 but I also co-composed Ep5. ‘Mako’ is a spin-off from the wildly successful ‘H2O: Just add water’ which went gang-busters internationally (google it!)
It’s a great show. I would have lapped this up as a kid and my son loves it. Sit down with your kids and check it out.
Checkout the trailer below (music by Ricky Edwards)
OK kids and Annabel Crabb fans. Tune into ABC1 this Thurs at 8:30pm for Canberra Confidential. Music by moi, featuring Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet
Great news! At a ceremony on Monday night in Melbourne my score for Tiger Dynasty was awarded ‘Best Music for a Documentary’ at the 2012 Australian Screen Music Awards. It’s a huge honour and part of the score was performed live on the night by Paul Grabowsky’s ensemble which was also a thrill.Congrats to all the other nominees and winners! Here’s a complete list – There’s some amazing names here….
Tiger Dynasty has just received a nomination for ‘Best Music for a Documentary’ at this year’s Australian Screen Music Awards. I had my fingers crossed for this one too…
We also just picked up First Prize at Italy’s Sondrino Film Festival where the Jury made special mention of the score…
“…The jury would also like to point out the high-quality of the soundtrack”
And the news keeps coming. The film The Curse of the Gothic Symphony recently picked up a prestigious Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Documentary. Congratulations to Randall Wood (dir) and Anthony Mullins on their success!
Additionally, the film was just nominated for an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) for Best Feature Length Documentary. Congrats to Veronica Fury and the whole team!
Oh, and here is a preview of the film, and a link to the Fantasia International Film Festival (which looks awesome! Congratulations Matt, Stacey and Tess)