I have just completed the music for a web campaign for Victor, a jetshare community. I was commissioned by Littlefox Communications and delivered four tracks. Crazy turnaround including an all-nighter. Ultimately only two tracks were chosen. Can you guess which two?
At the recently announced 59th National Film Awards of India, our film Tiger Dynasty was awarded Best Environment Film and Best Cinematography in the non-feature film category. This is the highest film honours in the country awarded by the president of India. I’m very proud of this film – Congratulations to Nalla and the team
Film, Music and Media have just reviewed my score for Surviving Georgia. It’s a great review too! Here are a couple of quotes:
“What Aplin has done is really make something rather unique, flavorful and just plain wonderful.”
“Within its simplicity, small sounds and short running time it was able to make a large lasting impression on me. It’s hard to explain it and with music that’s usually the case. You can’t really express it in writing, you just need to listen to it for yourself…So go on, go experience something new”.
Pretty happy with that. Listen to the score here
Yes, I now have a download store where you can purchase music that I’ve officially released. Powered by the rather excellent Bandcamp, you can listen to the music in it’s entirety (not just a 20 sec grab), get info, lyrics for tracks and also download album artwork and liner notes. This is much more and a whole lot cheaper than what is available on iTunes and their like. Check it out!
(oh, and I urge you to check out Bandcamp.com too. They’re awesome)
Title says it all. If you’re a wildlife lover (and of course happen to live in the UK) Do tune in
Just posted several new pages for films I worked on late last year. The first is Tiger Dynasty, a natural history documentary commissioned for the prestigious Natural World wildlife series on BBC2. Also there is The Curse of Eleanor Crabtree, a VFX short in the vein of Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas, and finally Like it was Yesterday, a beautiful and moving film about a man facing his father’s slide into dementia. Plenty of music and pictures on each page so check them out.
Available from these and other online retailers worldwide, as well as from my own download store. I hope you enjoy the music!
Surviving Georgia is an intelligent, funny, moving and delightful romantic comedy starring some of Australia’s most loved actors from film and television including Pia Miranda, Holly Valance, Spencer McLaren and Caroline O’Connor with Shane Jacobson.
The score, which was written predominantly for strings, melodic percussion and piano, explores the themes of the film including loss and love, self discovery, resolution and happiness. I like to think it captures the romance and humour of the film and the performances herein. The score also includes the song All that you love co-composed with and sung by the wonderful Abi Tucker.
More at the official website
Newsflash! Our humble film has won one of the most prestigious awards for a wildlife film in the world… The Special Jury Award at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The Worm Hunters was chosen for the award by almost 100 international judges from a selection of over 500 of the worlds best nature and wildlife films.
Special Jury Awards were also given to:
AFRICAN CATS: a ten million dollar epic – Disneynature Productions
THE STORY OF EVERYTHING
Darlow Smithson Productions and Discovery Channel
Not bad! Congratulations to Randall, Scott, Chris and Larry and all of team worm.
Well, I’d like to say the cameras went into overdrive last night as I strolled the red carpet, but despite my best efforts (and despite being cunningly dressed as Totti Goldsmith) there was a distinct lack of flashes (or flashers, although I considered that also as a means of making the papers)… Famous people are in this link. Less famous people (with apologies to Spencer Sandra and Kate who did make the society pages) are in the pics below.
Forgot to tell you guys I recently wrapped a fabulous short film called ‘Like It Was Yesterday’ about a man who is wrestling with his father’s slide into dementia. Very moving. Well I went to the film’s première at Cinema Nova on the weekend and it was very well received as was the score. It’s off on the festival circuit now so fingers crossed it does well for the film makers – Brett and Eliza D’Souza.
Our film has also been selected as a finalist for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival which is wonderful news. Finger’s crossed.
I will often Google films that I work on to see how they are travelling. However there was nothing on Pelicans: Outback Nomads a while back. Now all of a sudden I see we have been broadcast on the Nature series on PBS in the States, the film is available to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray, and there are two clips on Youtube here and here. We even scored a positive Blu-ray review from DVD Verdict. Aah, the internet…
Update: I see we also had a brief review in the Wall Street Journal Online 🙂
Well, I’ve wrapped The Curse of the Gothic Symphony.
Hired as the music editor rather than the composer, in many respects my role was not unlike composing at all. In fact, as with any film I work on as a composer, there is an evolution from rough cut to lockoff during which I have to edit my own compositions to fit anyway. The challenge here however was that rather than editing my own music I was to score the film using carefully selected and edited excerpts from Havergal Brian’s Symphony No. 1 ‘The Gothic’, which is known as being the largest, longest and most technically difficult symphony ever composed (or at least according to the Guiness Book of Records).
The work itself is about 2 hours long and ranges from cacophonous atonal craziness to whisper quiet beauty and everywhere in between. It was a challenge to find the most ‘filmic’ parts of the symphony to serve as our score, and then to edit the work such that it would serve the picture emotionally and with respect to scene timing. Great fun though! The final mix was done at Soundwaves in 5.1 and it sounds fabulous. Hopefully MIFF puts us in a 5.1 capable theatre so we can hear the magnificence of the score and the mix!
It premieres at the Melbourne International Film Festival this July. See you at the premiere!
This one almost passed me by. I just found out that The Worm Hunters is screening at The Dungog Film Festival tomorrow! Anyone up near the Hunter? I still haven’t seen the finished film yet!!! Sigh…
Forgot to mention that I’ve been hired as music editor on the feature-doc ‘The Curse of the Gothic Symphony’ for the Melbourne International Film Festival and the ABC. It’s said to be cursed so here’s hoping I’m still around in 2 weeks…