(Los Angeles, CA) Composer Elia Cmiral creates a haunting score for “Splinter,” the first full-length film by award-winning director Toby Wilkins. In the film, a convict and his girlfriend carjack a couple on a weekend retreat in the woods. The couples soon find themselves trapped together in an isolated gas station, on the run from a deadly parasite that occupies the woods outside. Cmiral will attend the film’s premiere at ScreamFestLA as the festival’s Centerpiece film on October 16, 2008. It opens in theaters on October 31, 2008.
ScreamFestLA, a film festival devoted entirely to the horror genre, showcases some of the best independent short and full-length horror films each year. “Splinter” director Toby Wilkins won Best Horror Short for his film “Staring at the Sun” in 2005, garnering the attention of producer Sam Raimi, who then chose Wilkins to produce, direct, and write a number of short films for his production company, Ghost House Pictures. This year, the festival runs from October 10th to October 19th at Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, Calif.
No stranger to the world of thrillers, Cmiral scored “Tooth & Nail” and “The Deaths of Ian Stone,” both featured at last year’s After Dark Horrorfest. Most recently, he finished scoring “Pulse 2: Afterlife,” the sequel to last year’s Wes Craven film, “Pulse,” for which he also wrote the score. This was Cmiral’s second collaboration with Craven, having scored “Wes Craven Presents: They” in 2002. In addition, he scored John Frankenheimer’s suspense thriller “Ronin,” starring Robert DeNiro. Cmiral continues to provide highly original and evocative scores for major Hollywood studios as well as independent filmmakers, including “Journey to the End of the Night,” “Stigmata,” “Bones” and “Species 3.”
Born in Czechoslovakia, Elia Cmiral quickly established himself as one of Europe’s leading young composers after graduating from the prestigious Prague Music Conservatory. He wrote scores for several European films and three ballets before coming to the United States to attend USC’s famous Film Scoring Program, after which he was hired to produce tango-based music for “Apartment Zero,” composing a now-classic full length score in a scant ten days. By the mid-1990s, Cmiral had garnered a reputation with Hollywood executives, leading to his scoring the successful “Nash Bridges” television series.
Varèse Sarabande – November 4th: RIGHTEOUS KILL (Edward Shearmur), FLASH OF GENIUS (Aaron Zigman), CHANGELING (Clint Eastwood)
Universal France – Date to be announced: GEORGES DELE RUE MUSIC (Georges Delerue, 6 CDs), QUEST FOR FIRE (Philippe Sarde)
Disques CineMusiques – Date to be announced: OEUVRES POUR PIANO ET INSTRUMENTS DIVERS (Georges Delerue)
Rhino – JUNO (Mateo Messina, Various, 2 CDs, November 18th)
(Hollywood, CA) Composer Andrew Lockington’s recent score to Walden Media’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” solidified him scoring their next film “City of Ember,” starring Bill Murray and Tim Robbins. Lockington created an original epic score by incorporating a 90-piece orchestra along with an 85-member choir. “City of Ember” opens October 10th; score album will be released by Bulletproof (through Universal) available on October 7th.
The composer wanted his score to emulate the magnitude of the film. ‘“Moments of incredible beauty and emotion peek through in contrast to the dark landscape that is “City of Ember,”’ Lockington said about the film’s score. Lockington recorded and mixed the score at the legendary Abbey Road. The score features unique percussion elements accented by mystical wind instruments that could only be compared to “whale music.” Special features to the brass section include four Wagner Horns that lend their bold signature to the score’s main theme.
“City of Ember” tells the story of an ancient city whose existence becomes threatened when a generator keeping the city alive begins to fail. The lamps that light the city start to flicker and the food supplies begin to run out. Two teenagers race against time, to unlock the mystery of the city’s existence in attempt to save the city and its people.
Lockington is a protégé of award-winning composer Mychael Danna (Little Miss Sunshine). Lockington’s credits include “Skinwalkers,” “Saint Ralph,” “Touch of Pink,” and the scores for the HBO features “Xchange” and “Stranger Inside.” More recently, Lockington scored the indie film “One Week,” which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
(Hollywood, CA) German-born film composer Marc Streitenfeld reunites with director Ridley Scott to score Scott’s newest film, “Body of Lies.” This is Streitenfeld’s third score in a row and eighth consecutive music collaboration with Scott. Warner Bros. gripping and powerful film, “Body of Lies,” will hit theaters on October 10, 2008.
Streitenfeld traveled to Morocco to collaborate with Scott for this intense and sophisticated film, which required a score to support its strong and urbane style. Streitenfeld used a 90-piece orchestra as well as woods and choir to create this edgy but also moving score. Recording all the elements separately allowed Streitenfeld to have more command over the final sound mix.
“Body of Lies” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe and is a film adaptation of the 2007 novel by American writer and journalist David Ignatius. The film was shot in the United States and Morocco, North Africa and is about a CIA operative (DiCaprio) that is sent to Jordan to track a high-ranking terrorist. The spy is aided by the head of Jordan’s covert operations (Crowe) in an uneasy alliance that leads to a cultural and moral clash between the men.
Born in Munich, Germany, Streitenfeld relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 19, first working briefly as a musical assistant for composer Hans Zimmer, then independently as a music editor and supervisor on several blockbusters. Streitenfeld was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his work on Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” and was nominated for a BAFTA award for “American Gangster.” Streitenfeld also composed for “A Good Year” by Scott’s request and has had a long relationship with the award-winning filmmaker. “I’ve done quite a few films with him now and every experience has been really good,” Streitenfeld said. Prior to his work as a composer, Streitenfeld had collaborated with Scott as music editor, music supervisor and technical score advisor on several projects, including “Matchstick Men,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Gladiator.”
Varèse Sarabande – CD Club, September 29th: THE MATRIX: THE DELUXE EDITION (Don Davis), NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II ( Bill Conti), PONY SOLDIER (Alex North), ANNA LUCASTA (Elmer Bernstein), VAMP (Jonathan Elias)
October 21st: PASSENGERS (Edward Shearmur), PRIDE AND GLORY (Mark Isham), PUSHING DAISIES (James Dooley)
La-La Land – ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS (Christopher Lennertz, September)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE) – JEFF BEAL, The Company, Night 1
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE) – JIM DOOLEY, Pushing Daisies: “Pigeon”
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC – RUSS LANDAU, Pirate Master: “Episode 102”
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS – SARAH SILVERMAN, TONY BARBIERI, WAYNE McCLAMMY, SAL IACONO, DAN WARNER, Jimmy Kimmel Live: “I’m Fucking Matt Damon”
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION – STEVE JORDAN, MARK WATTERS, Movies Rock
(September 17, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA) – Historically Westerns have produced some of the most memorable movie music in cinema history. Composer Jeff Beal brings his unique talents to the Western genre when APPALOOSA, released through New Line, opens in theaters September 19th, soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records September 30th. In addition to Beal’s score, the film features the song, “You’ll Never Leave My Heart” sung by the film’s director and co-star Ed Harris; music by Beal and lyrics by Harris. In describing writing music with Harris, Beal explains, “its fun to hear this voice come out of him in character. He’s a natural! We tried to make it feel like a classic cowboy song from the 50’s.” Beal first worked with Ed Harris on Harris’ film directorial debut, Pollock.
Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, APPALOOSA revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the lawless towns springing up in the untamed land. In the small mining community of Appaloosa, a ruthless, powerful rancher named Randall Bragg (Irons) has allowed his band of outlaws to run roughshod over the town. After the cold-blooded murder of Appaloosa’s city marshal, Cole and Hitch are hired to bring the murderer to justice. While establishing new authority with equal parts grits and guns, Cole and Hitch meet provocative newcomer Allison French (Zellweger), whose unconventional ways threaten to undermine their progress and to destroy the two lawmen’s decade-old partnership.
Jeff Beal is a three-time Emmy Award® winner: main title of Monk; original dramatic score on TNT’s telefilm Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; and this week for The Company. He is also an eight-time Emmy-nominee, including three for HBO’s Rome and Carnivale.
Jeff Beal traverses writing for both TV and film. He composed the score for the upcoming film Salomaybe?, directed by Al Pacino. His other film composing credits include the documentary The Pixar Story, Ping Pong Playa, Spirit of the Marathon, and The Passion of Ayn Rand. Steven Schneider (regular contributor to the NY Times) wrote of “…the richness of Beal’s musical thinking – the ways in which he conceives of his solos as fully-developed mini compositions, while his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation.”
THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada Special Collection Volume 75, 2 CDs) – 111:19
FINDING RIN-TIN-TIN – Stephen Edwards (MMS08016
GHOST WARRIOR – Richard Band (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1025) – 44:25
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (2008) – Andrew Lockington (Silva 1269)
LA BANDA J. & S. CRONACA CRIMINALE DEL FAR WEST – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies CDDM 120)
BANGKOK DANGEROUS – Brian Tyler (Lion’s Gate LGR 20019)
BANGKOK DANGEROUS – Brian Tyler (Lion’s Gate LGR 20019)
BURN AFTER READING – Carter Burwell (Lakeshore 34037)
FILM MUSIC OF THOMAS NEWMAN – Thomas Newman (Silva 1262, The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)