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Composer Spotlight

Michael Richard Plowman

Michael Richard Plowman is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’! 

This episode is available wherever you get your podcasts, and at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Watch the episodes on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5Rg45qoXoeNk0eyVmMvytIT1bgGC69Xf

Amritha Vaz

Amritha Vaz is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’! 

This episode is available wherever you get your podcasts, and at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Watch the episodes on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5Rg45qoXoeNk0eyVmMvytIT1bgGC69Xf

Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Judith Gruber-Stitzer is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts! 

Judith Gruber-Stitzer is wonderfully articulate about just how music affects moving images and narrative, and yet her approach is often very intuitive. She started her journey in New York and Jersey learning harmonies by ear from her brother’s Doo-wop group before moving to Montreal to work with poet-singer Marie Savard and the band Wondeur Brass. She eventually became one of the National Film Board of Canada’s most prolific composers, scoring Oscar nominated films Animal Behaviour, Wild Life and When The Day Breaks (which also own the Palme D’Or at Cannes), among many others. Judith is quick to point out that she does more than animation, and indeed her resume boasts many live action projects including two films by the legendary Robert Altman. We discuss her work with that iconic director, as well as her perspectives on working both as a composer and sound designer on projects, her take on how rhythm affects audience perception, and what it means to be a woman in an industry still dominated by men.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Maxime Goulet

Maxime Goulet is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts! 

Maxime Goulet’s work spans genres and formats, from video games to opera to weather-inspired poems set to music, but is all connected by the themes of curiosity and play.  Working as an in-house composer for Gameloft, he composed the music for a multitude of titles such as Dungeon Hunter, Amazing Spider-man 2, and Warhammer 40,000, as he adapted to the constant evolution of interactive music through ever changing mobile platforms.  His interest in games, play, and interactivity translated to his concert works such as Three Games for Orchestra and Beach Ball, and Level Up: (a concerto for Orchestra and 8 bit sounds). He brings an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to ventures such as Symphonic Chocolates, where the audiences’ experience of each movement is heightened by a chocolate tasting.  Aiming to surprise and engage, his work is always innovative and intriguing.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Tom Third

Tom Third is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts! 

Tom Third loves to push against creative limits and break convention. Known for his modern, hybrid electronic scores, he started out as a hip-hop loving art school kid who was eventually signed to Nettwerk records, where he produced sample-heavy trip hop and drum n bass. As a songwriter, he also co-wrote Meryn Cadell’s cult hit “The Sweater”. Transitioning from ads to film and TV, he cut his teeth on the massive hit show Queer as Folk, and is now known for his work on fan-favorite shows like The Listener and the breakout hit, Coroner. This Gemini-winner’s working style is creative and experimental, and he loves to color outside the lines. Whether scoring surrealist art house cinema or hit TV series, he is happiest when slightly out of his comfort zone.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Darren Fung

Darren Fung is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts! 

Born of Chinese immigrant parents, he started his musical education at a very early age, and had his first orchestral work performed when he was only 15.  He eventually found his way to Montreal where he studied at McGill University, and finally to LA where he currently makes his home.  All along the way, this savvy entrepreneur has found himself helped by many amazing mentors, and has himself long been giving back to the community that helped him get his start.  His stunning work on Niobe Thompson’s The Great Human Odyssey and Equus: Story of the Horse won him Canadian Screen awards in 2016 and 2019, and he has led orchestras across Canada in highly acclaimed concert performances of both mini-series.  We chat about the intensity and pressure of live orchestral recording sessions and what it takes to pull them off, his work on a piece of music that could have made him the most hated man in Canada, the journey that led him to Hollywood, and his thoughts about living and working in the mecca of filmmaking and music.

Please be warned – this episode does contain some spicy words, so be aware if you’re listening with kids or anyone sensitive to not-so-safe-for-work language.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Mark Korven

Mark Korven is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts! 

In this episode I’ll be chatting with Mark Korven, whose long and successful career recently skyrocketed with the wild success of The Witch, and more recently, The Lighthouse, both of which he worked on with film making maverick, Robert Eggers.  Mark says his greatest fear is being boring, and the lengths he goes to prevent this have yielded amazing results, including his invention of anew musical instrument in The Apprehension Engine, to his recent move to “free scoring”, where he doesn’t use a metronic click or measures to guide composition.  We trace Mark’s journey from The Beatles, Punk, Prog Jazz and Pop, to Thomas Newman, from Winnipeg to Edmonton and finally Toronto where he worked on the sci-fi horror cult-hit Cube, to recent outings In The Tall Grass on Netflix, and AMC’s The Terror: Infamy.  This Gemini and Genie award winning multi-instrumentalist is blazing his own path, breaking the rules as he goes along, and creating some of the most striking scores as he does it.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1155269

Amin Bhatia

Amin Bhatia is featured on this week’s episode of ‘The Screen Composer’s Studio’. You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts! 

In this episode, we speak to Amin Bhatia, who is probably best known for his award winning work on the massive hit series’ Flashpoint, and Anne with an E, which he co-composed with his longtime writing partner, Ari Posner.  Amin’s life story is worthy of its own movie, including narrow escapes from a violent African dictator, going from being a self-proclaimed “nerd” recording analog synth epics alone in his basement in Calgary to making an appearance on one of the biggest pop albums of all time, and the truly weird, risky, and hilarious way he wrote the theme for a show that would earn him an Emmy nomination.  We chat about his ups and downs, and how this unstoppable optimist deals with disappointment, and why I end up calling him “the comeback kid”.  Passionate and humble, this talented, multiple Gemini  and Canadian Screen Award winner is also one of the kindest and generous people I know, who notes that through it all he draws strength from his actor wife, Danielle Nicole, and daughters Angie and Kel, who are also pursuing careers in music and storytelling.

Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Judith Gruber-Stitzer, a notable Canadian film composer, is widely known for her scores for award winning National Film Board of Canada animated shorts. Most recently, she scored ‘The Most Magnificent Thing’ inspired by the picture book of the same name by Ashley Spires. The widely successful animated short stars Whoopi Goldberg, Alison Pill and Lilly Bartlam!

There are over four hundred composers in the Screen Composers Guid of Canada, working in a range of styles and a variety of media! #composer #SCGC

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