NEW FEATURE! Just signed on for UNFALLEN starring Michael Madsen (Hateful Eight) & James Nasimi: IMDB - Unfallen.
Wrote some nice cello for this web spot for Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute/Royer Studios: HNEI WEB INTRO
More Royer Studios work - 12 HIP HOP tracks for an animation series. Totally out of my comfort zone, and loving it. Also found out I'll be a UCLA EXTENSION instructor from Winter onwards (January), teaching Film Scoring II.
Scored another Royer Studios documentary: BIOMASS - all about creating fuel from organic matter.
Regular client ROYER STUDIOS needed music for their new production services home page, and I was only too happy to oblige. Check it out here: Royer Studios
Gong! Won HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT-BEST COMPOSER at the 5th annual Australian Screen Industry Network Awards for "Charlie's Farm" - which nabbed EIGHT awards including Best Feature, Best Director (Chris Sun) & Best Actor (Nathan Jones).
CHARLIE'S FARM SOUNDTRACK RELEASED November 20th! Available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and JB Hi-Fi; streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
Buy Charlie's Farm OST
TWO BIG THINGS - 1: "Flying South" is now screening at the Christchurch Airport cinema that was custom-built for the film. 2: Received an 'Original Score-Independent Film' nomination for the music! Here's the press release:
Hollywood Music in Media Awards
Filming for Chris Sun's latest film "Boar" is under way; I'll be at the score helm again. A Danish short is in the works. Meanwhile, started work on another Documentary series about sustainable energy for Royer Studios
"Flying South" final mix almost complete - helmed by the amazing Mike Hedges at Park Road Post (NZ). Mike mixed the Hobbit and LOTR, picking up 2 Oscars along the way, so the score's re-record is in good hands.
Back in LA after epic 5-week New Zealand trip inc. Christchurch Symphony record and concert with Baroque Voices: four works, including Kickstarter-funded commission. Also did a radio chat: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/201754381/the-expats-mark-smythe
Spent the last 2 months working on FLYING SOUTH - A 23 minute showcase of New Zealand's South Island - with 22 minutes of music! Recording the score with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra next month.
Remixed and mastered CHARLIE'S FARM cues for soundtrack tie-in with US release. Check out "River Reptant" for a chilling pre-listen. Exciting New Zealand project coming up. Attended NAMM. Hello, 2015!
CHARLIE'S FARM premiered in Australia to rave reviews! Surprise horror packet TARA REID is winning locals over on the talk show circuit. An early review called it "one of the greatest Australian slasher films of all time": http://cinemaaustralia.com.au/2014/11/07/australian-horror-reborn-we-review-charlies-farm/
After 2 months and 30 cues, the CHARLIE'S FARM score is finished. Here's Tara Reid to introduce the November premiere and new theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I59iE6jt2fk
Been taking myself "into the darkness" (Director quote) for the Charlie's Farm score. Trailer up already. This is going to be one terrifying beast of a film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjshevdOimI
Still glowing from March 22 concert of my piano/choral works at Edie & Michael Boddicker's, feat. LA Studio Singers! Pics on Flickr.
SOUNZ are streaming the premiere performance of "PERSEPHONE", last year's Baroque Voices commission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjshevdOimI
BIG NEWS: signed on for Chris Sun's Aussie Horror "CHARLIE'S FARM", starring Tara Reid (American Pie; Sharknado).
REEL WEST MONTANA launched their YouTube channel in February; I scored the vista-rich trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfZ5kLAwLAo
Leszek Burzynski's Feature Documentary LIVING LIFE FORWARDS premieres Jan 18 at the Cecil B. DeMille Theatre. The film traverses Fiji, New Zealand & Hawaii, giving compelling insight into the history and hope of sustainable energy in the South Pacific. It was a delight to score - hopefully the first of many collaborations with Royer Studios!
Working on: feature doc for Royer Studios, short for Darcy Miller and game score 'Comic Conquest'. Baroque Voices did a SENSATIONAL performance of 'Persephone' and 'Street Spirit' on the 16th in NZ. Radiohead arrangement on YouTube:
Been a big 2 months: SOUNZ introduced the NZ HARP REPERTOIRE, with MOTO MOJO a featured work. Helen Webby tells why it's one of her favourite performance pieces: http://sounz.org.nz/content/harprepertoire
Kiwis can hear it live on Helen's upcoming tour. Meanwhile - almost finished new Choir & Harp work 'Persephone', scored an Ethiopian Doco and started work on my first US Game Score. Thriving on variety!
I'm delighted to announce another commission from New Zealand's Baroque Voices. I'll be writing a new work for high voices and concert harp (played by the amazing Helen Webby of 'Pluck' fame). The commissioning theme is 'the ceremony of birth and death', for a premiere performance in November this year. Exciting!
May in LA was packed with composer goodies. Highlights included the Sundance Composer's Lab, Bruce Broughton's talk at the Academy of Scoring Arts and a last minute call to conduct Joseph Carrillo's "Follow The Drums" @ Professional Musician's Local 47. On the 25th I attended Crush Fanzine 's launch party for their 'Women We Love' edition, featuring Daryl Hannah. This is the magazine that commissioned Jarrah Gurrie's "THE THINGS SHE DID" for the edition (see April news). Good times.
Been back in LA all of a month and already the career trajectory's had a swift kick up the proverbial. This week Jarrie Gurrie's short "THE THINGS SHE DID" was released in association with NYC-based Crush Fanzine. It features a still stunning Daryl Hannah and my score: http://vimeo.com/62881739
The upcoming HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards) Success Summit will be a pitching/feedback bonanza. What's REALLY exciting is that I somehow used Social Media to win HMMA's Scoring Session Day with Jeff Beal - currently working on the Netflix hit "HOUSE OF CARDS" but also a music hero of mine since his work on the HBO series "CARNIVALE". So yeah, frikkin' COOL!
More good news - made it onto the Top 20 Shortlist for the APRA Professional Development Awards. Given the calibre of the other Film & TV composers, many of whom I know, I'd be an outside chance to win but great to get this far! Meanwhile, Australia Council have put up more details of the upcoming JUMP mentoring...including my RETURN TO AMERICA: http://jump.australiacouncil.gov.au/mentees/
The end of 2012 was HUGE for 2 reasons: (1) Just after returning from another US trip, I attended the Australian Screen Industry Network Awards in Queensland...and won Best Composer for my score to 'Daddy's Little Girl'. Details and photos here: http://www.australianscreenindustrynetwork.com/events.html
(2) Christmas came early from the Australia Council - they approved my $10K Grant to be mentored by Jeff Cardoni (CSI:Miami) in LA for 10 months, commencing 1 March. So as well as working on a great little short for Jarrah Gurrah (These Empty Streets) and some rescoring for the DLG American cut, I've been busy planning the relocation logistics for a big year ahead...
Daddy's Little Girl has secured global distribution! Chris Sun and crew were hugely successful at the American Film Market and YES, DLG is going world wide. The company that's taking on DLG hasn't been released yet, however they work closely with Lions Gate, the Weinsteins and many more.
Chris's NEW HORROR FRANCHISE "CHARLIE'S FARM" has also been taken on and will most likely be shot in either Canada or the USA. Chris is pushing to have Charlie's shot in Australia but it's looking like he will head Overseas in 2013 to start the first of a 4 film franchise.
Daddy's Little Girl has won BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ACTOR at the Pollygrind Film Festival in Las Vegas. So happy for everyone involved in the making of DLG. Check out Director Chris Sun's phone interview from Vegas: http://soundcloud.com/mark-and-caroline/m-c-int-chris-sun-polygrind
Earlier in the month, Helen Webby released her NZ Harp CD 'Pluck' at the Otago Arts Festival in Dunedin. My piece 'Mojo Moto' got a mention in this article: http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/228745/making-ancient-modern
The CD can be purchased via Helen's website: http://www.harp.co.nz/music.asp?
No news for 3 months = busy times in composerland. The first chunk of June was taken up with a Documentary for the Coalface Group about the ill-fated Hotel Grand Chancellor in Christchurch, New Zealand. Then I finally got my hands on the full lockoff for Chris Sun's "Daddy's Little Girl". WOW. This film doesn't pull an punches, but may surprise many with its transcendence of genres. Scoring was completed July 20 and I was lucky enough to attend the Sunshine Coast premiere on August 24. On September 1, DLG was the closing film for the Melbourne Underground Film Festival and picked up awards for Best Special FX (Steve Boyle) Best Actress (Allira Jacques) and the Special Jury Prize...no award for music but hey, MIFF didn't have one either. More festivals and a cinematic release are in the pipeline, but meanwhile here's the popular trailer again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs-PZiSg07Q
The trailer for "Daddy's Little Girl" is now up on YouTube - 21,000 views in 3 days, and counting... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs-PZiSg07Q
Finally scoring another feature film: Director Chris Sun's "Daddy's Little Girl" has already garnered nearly 3000 likes on Facebook and has only just wrapped shooting. A harrowing journey of loss and retribution, the film will be released independently in Australia in 2013. See more on the official Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/DLG666
Finished 'Moto Mojo' harp commission for Helen Webby; she's recording this month for NZ CD release later in year. Will also be scoring an independent Aussie feature currently in production; official announcement and FB link coming once filming's completed in April.
Back in Melbourne town since November; scored yet another Ad for Auckland Uni. Now revisiting projects with an end of year deadline: final cues & sound design for "Starring Esther", then the harp commission. I'll fit Christmas in somewhere...
Attended the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference; insightful panels and a bit of a networking mecca. Returning to Oz end of month so making the most of Tinseltown before I go.
Returned to LA to follow up contacts from last visit (and make a few more). Also whipped out two Ads for NZ clients; BUPA and Auckland University.
Details of the NYU Film Scoring Workshop are now on the ASCAP site: http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/fsw/NYU/2011/index.aspx
Made a lot of musical friends in the US and look forward to seeing them again soon. Meanwhile, working on additional cues/sound design for "Starring Esther" then moving on to a commission from NZSO harpist Helen Webby - she's putting together New Zealand's first harp CD featuring works by NZ composers. On the screening front, "There Once Was An Island" is currently showing in NZ cinemas to rave reviews. Nice.