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The Curse of the Gothic Symphony

May 26, 2011

the curse of the gothic symphonyForgot 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…

Youtube teaser here

Just finished the score to ‘The Worm Hunters’

April 3, 2011

earthworm - the worm huntersI was on this one for ages but it was sure worth it. For a documentary about earthworm scientists you wouldn’t have anticipated a music brief of “global James Bond spy drama” would you. But indeed that’s what the film ended up with…

The score for The Worm Hunters wandered an unusual route. Scheduling had meant that I was unable to dedicate the usual amount of time to the score after the film had locked, so I composed a loose library of music based on conversations I had with the director Randall Wood, that he and the editor would use.  It was a way of getting the music in place early. Based on Randall’s direction and after having seen a few 2 minute clips of footage I sent up a heap of spy-drama cues to the edit suite in Brisbane, with a good lashing of 70s and european influences thrown in. Fortunately many of these became the basis for the score (I say fortunately because a few minutes of rough assembly is not always an accurate reflection of where the film will ultimately end up!). Delays during the edit (floods in Brissy for one) meant that ultimately time became available and I could give the film a really tight score for which I was relieved and grateful. I went to town, in particular with one complex montage near the end where three of our characters’ climactic worm hunts were intercut, including and outrageous ‘worm mining’ scene with a backhoe (yes, digging for worms with a huge backhoe is something you do need to see).

Did Emma find her fabled Nicaraguan ‘blue worm’? Does Danuta re-discover her career making Veronii worm in the fields of South Africa? Did George unearth the mythical 8 metre worm his father first sighted in the jungles of Brazil?

emma sherlock - the worm huntersI don’t have the finished film yet so can’t show you any pictures. However here is a picture of one of our characters, Emma Sherlock from the British Natural Histroy Museum.

I’ve been finished for a few weeks now, but today listening to the score while putting the film’s webpage together I’m still proud of this one. It’s hilarious and at times waay over-the-top and yet perfect for the film. Randall (the director) had an incredible vision for this one. Have a listen…

Fable Music Image Library Series – Media Promos 2

February 4, 2011

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Production Music Library (2005)
Fable Music

This Production Music CD, the 2nd in the successful ‘Media Promos’ series, was released mid 2005 by Fable Music, a Melbourne-based music publisher and production music specialist. I contributed 8 tracks to this volume, and these tracks have been selected and broadcast worldwide.

Fable Music website

Worm Hunters rough cut

December 1, 2010

sam james - the worm huntersJust got the rough cut to my new doco ‘The Worm Hunters’. Yes, that’s right, worm music! (and it’s probably not what you think it will be)

Pelicans has wrapped

November 30, 2010

pelicans outback nomadsWith director Susan McMillan and editor Mark Fox in Britain, the producer Tina Dalton in Sydney, the sound designer Michael Gissing in Tassie and me in Melbourne we finally got there! It’s a great score too this one. A mixture of grand orchestral and intimate moments reflective of our dramatic landscape and the small peaceful moments in our pelican’s journey. Have a listen

Looks like we might be getting a few extra sales too, perhaps into France and the US.

Four AFI Award nominations for A Thousand Encores, including for Best Sound!

October 29, 2010

2010 AFI Awards logoOn Wednesday this week the AFI Awards nominations for 2010 were announced and our documentary A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia was nominated in four categories, the most for any documentary this year!

The nominations are…

Best Documentary under one hour – Sharyn Prentice, Marianne Latham, Lavinia Riachi.
Best Direction in a Documentary – Mandy Chang
Best Editing in a Documentary – Karin Steininger
Best Sound in a Documentary – Brett Aplin, Andrew McGrath, Erin McKimm, Terry Chadwick

Congratulations to all involved, it’s a wonderful documentary. For those of you that missed it I’ll keep an eye on the TV schedules and in the meantime it’s available on DVD!

Modern Australia DVD release, and upcoming screenings

August 17, 2010

the making of modern australia dvdThe final installment of The Making of Modern Australia, The Australian Soul, airs this Thursday 19th August at 8.30pm on ABC. The series has been well received and has spawned a book by narrator and actor William McInnes. The 2-disc DVD of the series is also now available to purchase.

Finally, A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia is being re-screened on ABC2 this Sunday night the 22nd August at 8.30pm. If you missed this one first time around it’s definately worth a look.

Pelicans

August 3, 2010

Just started scoring Bettina Dalton’s natural history documentary on Pelicans for The Discovery Channel.

Be the Pelican, be the pelican….

The Making of Modern Australia begins tonight

July 22, 2010

The Making of Modern Australia begins tonight at 8.30pm on ABC1 and airs for 4 weeks kicking off with the Australian Child then following with The Australian Dream (home ownership), The Australian Heart (relationships) and The Australian Soul (religion). Tune in. Great article on the series in todays Age/Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Harsh and Ignorant’: Australia’s Wonder Years myth‘ and an Age online video review also posted today.

the making of modern australia

Also, pages including music have been added for Surviving Georgia, The Making of Modern Australia and Inside John Lewis

Abi Tucker collaboration

May 10, 2010

abi tuckerAbi Tucker (Secret Life of Us, McLeod’s Daughters) and I have been collaborating on a song for the end of Surviving Georgia based on themes I wrote for the film. It’s sounding great too! Gotta hurry though, because the mix is in less than a week!

Feature Film debut

April 30, 2010

OK, very exciting news! I’m currently working on my first feature. It’s called ‘Surviving Georgia’ and it stars Pia Miranda, Holly Valance, Shane Jacobson, Spencer McLaren and Caroline O’Connor. It’s directed by the wonderful Sandra Sciberras and Kate Whitbread (Caterpillar Wish). It’s a great film, beautifully acted. More news to follow soon…

kate whitbread shane jacobson sandra sciberras
Kate Whitbread, Shane Jacobson and Sandra Sciberras on location in Warburton

Meanwhile work on ‘The Making of Modern Australia’ is continuing. I’ve finished 2 of the 4 eps and the 3rd is almost in the can. I’ve squeezed in the feature into a break between Eps 3 and 4 which was very fortunate.

Secrets of the Forbidden City to screen Monday 18th January at 8.40pm on ABC1

January 5, 2010

secrets of the forbidden city ABC promo
Happy New Year! Well I finished up the final episode for Inside John Lewis which is coming soon on BBC2, and have started on a four-part Australian history series for the ABC called The Making of Modern Australia. Exciting for me however is the Australian free-to-air premiere of Secrets of the Forbidden City Monday 18th January at 8:40pm on ABC1. Big budget and hugely entertaining I hope you all get to see it.