Ewan has graduated with a PhD in film scoring from Victoria University of Wellington. The study involved submitting a portfolio of ten film scores as well as writing a thesis titled Harmony, Associativity, and Metaphor in the Film Scores of Alexandre Desplat. To hear Ewan speaking to Radio NZ about his thesis, click here.
Zoe McIntosh's beautiful short film, The World In Your Window, has won multiple awards at international film festivals, and is now a qualifier for the 2019 Oscars, in the category "best live action short film". Ewan co-wrote the score with Rhian Sheehan. Here is a list of its awards to date:
Jury prize at Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, France
Grand Prix award at Prague Short Film Festival
Best international short film at Short Shorts in Asia, Japan
Best international short film at Melbourne International Film Festival
NZCS Silver cinematography award
Best Director at Show Me Shorts film festival
Ewan has won Best Original Score at the Grand Final of the HP 48Hours 2017 film challenge. The film, The Real Rare Arctic Firefly, made by team Lovely Bongo Drums, also won Best Animation. This builds on previous success in 2016, in which Ewan's score for Wellingtopia won Best Original Score at the Wellington City Final. Both films were directed by Matasila Freshwater and animated by Chris Callus, the makers of Shmeat.
Tim Prebble's score for One Thousand Ropes, which Ewan worked on as orchestrator and conductor, has won Best Original Music in a Feature Film at the 2017 APRA Silver Scrolls. Ewan was responsible for orchestrating the material played by the Aroha String Quartet and the Tudor Consort choir, and also conducted at the session. Prior to its theatrical release, the film screened at Berlinale, in the prestigious Panorama section.
For a “behind the scenes” video about the making of Tim’s score, click here.