Canadian composer Howard Shore (born 1946), uncle of a Grammy Award nominated composer Ryan Shore, has composed music for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for which he won three Oscars. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduating from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. Shore’s first first film score was to David Cronenberg‘s first major film The Brood […]
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The 1st International Samobor Film Music Festival, October 23- 26, 2013., is now open for submissions! Composers can submit film music through the ISFMF’s online entry form. Awards for the best film scores: Application period will run until May 31st the latest. The Artistic Board of the festival will conduct selection of movies for nominations, and the criteria will be determined in relation to the quality and originality of the […]
The Festival’s Board is getting bigger and bigger. We are excited to have a double Oscar winner Randy Thom joined the ISFMF. Randy is one of the Hollywood’s most important and respected sound designers, with even 14 Oscar nominations and two wins. His masterful works include films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Harry Potter, The Polar Express, The Incredibles, War of the World, Ratatouille, How […]
One of the most respected composers of film music is surely James Newton Howard (born 1951) whose versatility and ability to compose most various and different scores make him very popular among film directors and also moviegoers. With a pack of eight Oscar nominations, Howard also has a reputation of being a fast composer due to his work on movies such King Kong and The Hunger Games, both of which were […]
Only six days left before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces their Oscar nominations. The golden statuette is, for the 85th time, the highest honor any filmmaker could achieve. This year we expect an interesting and eclectic list of contenders, with no clear front-runner. However, the strongest names so far are Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, David O’ Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Ben Affleck’s […]
ISFMF wishes you merry Christmas and happy New Year 2013! We are entering the year of the festival’s inauguration so we hope you are as excited as we are. In January, ISFMF is opening competition for film music, so stay tuned for the latest news. Meanwhile, enjoy Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in Minnellis’s “Meet me in St. Louis”. Your ISFMF’s team!
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 […]
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 […]