Reeling in The Years
Working with dance has led to collaborations in a variety of creative fields, one of which is film. My first film score was for a student horror production (genre or outcome? – you choose), whilst studying in London. This was achieved with frighteningly limited means but well received. Since then, I have written for comedy, animation, action-adventure and social realism pictures. A reel of some of this work can be seen below.
Vintage – Or Not…
One of my proudest achievements, writing to picture, was replacing the track for a CG animation. The animator had believed the original music was authentic early jazz. However, it turned out this was a contemporary recording. His producer was unable to locate the composer to secure usage rights, so asked if I could help.
Whilst jazz is not my speciality, I had performed (on drums) with some top vintage jazz players in London. So, I enlisted their help for the recording. Working to my MIDI mock-up, the late, great Fergus Read laid down piano, guitar, clarinet and trumpet. We then brought in Malcolm Earle Smith on Trombone and Sarah Waterhouse on Tuba, with me on drums.
Writer/Director Paul Dudbridge was working at ITV West when he invited me to create a score for his moving family drama ‘The Perfect Date’ in 2007. Subsequently, I wrote the end credit music for his short film ‘Winter’s End’, shown on ITV on Christmas Day 2008.
It’s a whole new world out there. During a virtual FOCUS event last year, I encountered ‘Triality’, who are pioneering new ways of funding and producing films, TV and advertising. I was asked to create some themes for their feature film ‘The Harvest’, which is currently in pre-production. You can hear a sample of the main theme below.
The Harvest – Triality; David Merry / Larry Horowitz
R.E.D. S.A.L.L.Y. – MMM; dir. Oskar Jon
16 – Cliff Productions; dir. Daniel Wilding
Full Circle – Independent; dir. Karl Curling
Winter’s End – Hanover Pictures; dir. Paul Dudbridge
Fault Lines – Light Films; dir. Nick Light
The Perfect Date – Hanover Pics; dir. Paul Dudbridge
Circus of the Damned – Indi; dir. Eddie Young
Cutting the Rose – Independent; dir. Vicky Lynn
Mortus Illumina – 5YLAC Film; dir. Chance
Pipe Down – Moving House Films; dir. Paul Smith
Billy’s Day Out – Tilt Films; dir. Iain B MacDonald
Attack of The Clowns – Harp28, dir. Mike P Read
The Old Tool Box – Southstreet; dir. Oscar Stringer
A Nun’s Tale – Southstreet; dir. Oscar Stringer
Deadlights – 5YLAC Film; dir. Chance
Gratuitous Nudity – 5YLAC Film; dir. Chance