Lecta (pictured) has much reason to rejoice! The protagonist of "Shmeat" (a wickedly funny short film I recently scored) is about to strut her stuff at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Short Film Corner. Further down the track, in April 2017, Shmeat will be given the "live cinema" treatment, it's projection accompanied by the 60-piece NZSM Symphony Orchestra. This is one of the perks of winning the Susan Rhind Award in Composition earlier this year. Hooray for generous patrons of the arts, and go Lecta! Details of the April performance in Wellington will follow later, as will the film's trailer. Shmeat is directed by the wonderfully talented Matasila Freshwater.
The World in Your Window is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and touching short films I have seen, let alone scored. To get a sneak peak at what is in store when it hits festivals, Click here for the film's website, and here to hear two excerpts from the score.
This score was co-written with one of my favourite NZ screen composers, Rhian Sheehan, who I have orchestrated and conducted for a number of times. The two excerpts on the audio page are composed by myself and produced by Rhian. Enjoy!
On September 22, 2015, I had the pleasure of recording 13 of New Zealand's finest string players for Mata Freshwater's short film Shmeat. Have a look at my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ewanclarkmusic) for some great images of the session. The recording venue is Our Lady Star of the Sea Convent Chapel, Seatoun, recently purchased and renovated by Sir Peter Jackson, specifically to be used for recording projects such as this.
Funded by the New Zealand Film Commission's Fresh Shorts scheme and a Boosted crowdfunding campaign to upscale the music budget, Shmeat is a short animated black comedy about a dystopic New Zealand where we've run out of meat. A peculiar scientist, Lecta, has come up with an idea that may just save us all, and it's probably not quite what you'd expect. The film is narrated by award winning actress, Geraldine Brophy (How to Murder Your Wife, King Kong, Shortland Street), whose warm, yet ominous voice lends itself perfectly to this nightmarish fairytale.
Click here to read my Newsletter for June 2015, which reviews my recent film music activity.
Birdsong, a short film I scored earlier this year for Wellington filmmaker Ben Childs, has won "Best Foreign Film" at Indie Fest USA International Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film featured a live-recorded orchestral score which was funded in part by a successful crowdfunding campaign. To listen to a two minute excerpt of the score, click "Audio" to the left and select "Brainwave".
The Google Lunar XPRIZE aims to incentivise the first moon landing since 1973. An upcoming planetarium film about this project has been given a powerful cinematic score by award-winning composer Rhian Sheehan, and it has been my pleasure to be involved as orchestrator and conductor. This is Rhian's seventh and most elaborate planetarium soundtrack and in November the show can be seen in a planetarium near you! For more info, see http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/files/xprize.org/domeshow_overview.pdf
Pictured here are the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra players at the recording.
Beyond the Edge, the film scored by David Long with myself in the role of orchestrator, has had a hugely successful opening at the Toronto International Film Festival. This success has involved a number of rave reviews, and today it has been announced that the film was runner up for the People's Choice Award for Documentaries. This is a stellar achievement for director Leanne Pooley, producer Matthew Metcalfe, composer David Long and the whole cast and crew. The film documents the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. I am humbled and honoured to have had the opportunity to play a small part in this important film.
A boy's tale is my second collaboration with London filmmaker James Cork, and has been just as smooth a process as when we were living in the same city. It's a touching story about a young boy and his workaholic Dad. I tried something new on this score, which was to co-compose the music with one of the instrumentalists, in this case guitarist Mark Compton. It was a rewarding collaboration!
It has been my pleasure and honour to work with hugely talented composer David Long as his orchestrator on the film Beyond the Edge 3D. This docu-drama documenting the first ascent of Mt Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary is due to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, before being released in cinemas on October 24.
The score was recently recorded by sections from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and mixed at Park Road Post Production. Composer David Long, better known in New Zealand as a former guitarist from the great band The Muttonbirds, has been a prominent musical contributor to the films of Sir Peter Jackson, recently writing the "Misty Mountains" song from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
To quote the film's website: "One of the greatest adventure stories of all time will come to life on the big screen to be ‘re-lived’ as never seen before using original colour footage and photographs from the time as well as dramatic 3D re-creations of the assault. BEYOND THE EDGE – 3D will document the epic journey of a young Ed Hillary. Produced by Matthew Metcalfe (Dean Spanley; Love Birds) and directed by Leanne Pooley (The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls; Shackleton’s Captain), the film will allow you to experience the extraordinary and inspiring journey to conquer the highest peak in the world."
I'm trying something new: crowdfunding to boost the music budget on my next short film project, 'Birdsong', so that a small orchestra is affordable. Check out our great little campaign video and find out how to support the cause at https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1056