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 […]
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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 […]
This week we celebrate another composer with simple methods of scoring films. By using only few instruments and slow dynamics, Gustavo Santaolalla (born 1951, Argentina) somehow manages to create rich pattern of emotions. Voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized it, giving him two Oscars in two consecutive years, for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006). Santaolalla is also a popular guitar player, doing performances and […]
Croatian recording artist, composer and performer, living in New York, who recorded for Sony, Universal, Decca, Polygram and many other labels, Nenad Bach, has joined the ISFMF’s Artistic Board. Mr. Bach writes and records music for film and theater and has scored many features and short films (King of Cool, Transatlantic, Life Beyond Timothy Leary…). Two of Mr. Bach albums reached No. 1 in Europe, and to date he has […]
One of the greatest icons in history of cinema, Clint Eastwood (born 1930) is a director, actor, producer and – composer. He won four Academy Awards (Best Director/Picture for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) and is one of the few who can achieve powerful atmosphere by slowly-playing piano, instead of bombastic orchestras. Eastwood is also a respected jazz musician (he directed the film about the famous jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker, […]
Tan Dun (born 1957), a Chinese classical composer, widely known for his scores in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) and Hero (Ying Xiong), is also recognized for using non-traditional and organic instruments in his music. His piece Water Passion After St. Matthew employs amplified bowls of water in lieu of traditional percussion, and his Paper Concerto (2003) relies solely on the manipulation of paper to create music. He is also recognized for adding multimedia aspects to […]
British/South-African director Mark Dornford-May, the Golden Bear Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival, has joined the ISFMF’s team. Mark and his company, including composer Charles Hazlewood, adapted the stage production of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen to create the film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha with Pauline Malefane in the leading role. The film garnered a number of awards, including the Golden Bear for Best Film.
Thomas Newman (born 1955) is a member of a film-scoring dynasty, including his father Alfred Newman, who was one of the ‘architects’ of film music. Thomas Newman is also the first composer in our gallery Greatest of the Week. With these YouTube previews below we celebrate his unique capability of using simple, yet complex methods to achieve bold and rich, if not monumental atmosphere in all of his work. TOP […]