Since the beginning of his tremendous career back in 1970′s as a new wave band member, German master of film music Hans Zimmer (born 1957) became one of the most influential composers, widely recognized by his memorable style and powerful scores. In the 1980′s Zimmer pertnered with composer Stanley Myers and they together worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with electronic instruments. A turning point in Zimmer’s career occurred [...]
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December has come and we are very excited about the upcoming Christmas time! Our beautiful town is expecting a lot of snow this evening and you stay tuned for some of the best soundtracks from Christmas films. While waiting, listen to Michael White’ song based on the Frank Capra’s masterpiece, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
There is no more important composer for animated films than Alan Menken (born 1949), who revived the musical genre in film industry and created ‘a whole new world’ of eclectic, ingenious and beautiful scores for Walt Disney Company’s films. It all started with The Little Mermaid (1989), an animated masterpiece which gloriously came to theaters after many years of Disney’s financial and creative problems. The rest is history. Menken continued to [...]
The legend of film music, Italian composer Ennio Morricone (born 1928) has written music for more than 500 films and television series, in a 60-years lasting career. In the early 1960′s he came to the attention of his former school friend Sergio Leone, who hired Morricone to compose the music to some of his best known films. Together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone’s different version of the ‘western [...]
John Barry (1933 – 2011) is one of the greatest British composers. He built his fantastic career on the James Bond movies (he has scored 11 of them) and won five Oscars. Barry was the master of rich orchestral music, involved in every little detail of his film scores. In Goldfinger (1964) he perfected the ‘Bond sound’, a heady mixture of brass, jazz and sensuous melodies. Barry was also an [...]
Italian composer Dario Marianelli (born 1963) was relatively unknown, but in 2005 he started to collaborate with British director Joe Wright on his film Pride & Prejudice and became widely recognized. Marianelli’s scores evoke strong emotions by using delicate piano and solo violin, but also some unusual ‘instruments’, such as a typewriter. With his latest score for Wright’s Anna Karenina, he eyes for another Oscar (the first one was for [...]
One of the most interesting composers in cinema, four-time Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman (born 1953) started his career by founding the new wave band Oingo Boingo, but his entrance in film music begun with director Tim Burton and the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Collaboration with Burton continued on almost every project and eventually became a director-composer trademark, like Steven Spielberg-John Williams. Elfman’s haunting scores and eclectic style could be [...]
Eccentric, innovative and ingenious, Philip Glass (born 1937) is one of the most influential American composers, also a very prolific one: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), operas, musical theater works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, as well as film scores, for which he earned three Oscar [...]
Sound designer Richard King, the winner of three Academy Awards, responsible for magnificent sound in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Thor, The Dark Knight, War of the Worlds, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Master and Commander and Signs, has joined the Artistic Board of the Festival. We are dearly welcoming Richard, as the Festival’s mission is also to promote the importance of sound in cinema. Below is the [...]
Jaco Van Dormael, a Belgium film director and screenwriter has joined the ISFMF’s Artistic Board! Van Dormael is best known for his feature Mr. Nobody (2009) with Jared Leto and Diane Kruger in leading roles. Since its original release, Mr. Nobody has become a cult film, noted for its philosophy and Pierre Van Dormael’ soundtrack, personal characters and Christophe Beaucarne’s cinematography. Jaco Van Dormael has also received positive reviews with [...]