IFMCA Award Nominations 2015 have been announced


INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED; OCTOGENARIAN VETERANS JOHN WILLIAMS AND ENNIO MORRICONE LEAD THE FIELD, MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS FOR MICHAEL GIACCHINO, LATE JAMES HORNER

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FEBRUARY 4, 2016. The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2015, for the 12th annual IFMCA Awards. The most nominated composers are industry veterans John Williams and Ennio Morricone, as well as Michael Giacchino, and the late James Horner. [Read more…]

The Award Winners at 2015 Reel Music Awards


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2015 Reel Music Awards – The Winners


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It’s been another challenging year selecting, in my opinion, the most noteworthy scores from the world of film, television and video games (and more). Each category had multiple titles that impressed me and I think the nominations this year give a flavour of how strong a year 2015 was in terms of quality.

Basing my choices on a difficult-to-define mix of things such as how much of an emotional impact a work has, how the music works in the project for which it was written or how enjoyable the overall listening experience is, these lists reflect my own personal taste.

I hope that readers of my blog find my choices interesting. I am particularly hopeful that the titles mentioned here open new avenues of musical enjoyment. [Read more…]

2015 Reel Music Awards – The Nominations


Reel Music Logo - 2015 AWARDS2015 Reel Music Awards

It’s time again for Reel Music to take a look back and spotlight the best scores of 2015. For me, the year just gone has been another excellent one for music composed for film, television and video games (and beyond!) and the purpose of these awards is to highlight some of the scores that have grabbed my attention over the past year.

Across the various categories, the nominations are listed alphabetically. Note that, in addition to the categories featured in the 2014 Reel Music Awards, there’s a couple of new categories which reflect the growing quality of music composed across the various genres. To recognise the increase in the availability of the digital-only media presentation of archival film music, the “Archival Score (Digital)” category has been created. And 2014’s “Games & Other Interactive Media Score” category has been split into two separate categories: “Games Score” and “Score Composed for Other Media” – to cover titles which do not fit comfortably with the other genre categories. A “New Recording of an Archival Score” category has been added to highlight a number of impressive re-recording projects that came to fruition in 2015.

Note: because of the quality of music in 2015 I found it too difficult to choose a shortlist of individual cues for nomination and so there is no “2015 Individual Cue Award.”

The winners will be announced on Monday, 25nd January 2016. [Read more…]

SOMNIUS – Marc Junker


Original Review by Alan RogersSomnius

Somnius is a short 2013 science fiction film directed by Denver Jackson. A young monk is nearing completion of his pilgrimage, a rite of passage that required him to journey beyond the boundaries of the known universe. Somnius is the name of his space ship, the vessel the monk has used on his journey. Somnius has the ability to render thoughts and memories into reality. However, a group of mercenaries have taken an interest in the ship and, having managed to get on board, they must overcome the monk’s skills – including his adept martial arts training – in order to attain their prize. The director mixes sci-fi, mysticism and martial arts to fashion an engaging and, at times, visually stunning film well worth seeking out. The score is composed by designer and composer Marc Junker. [Read more…]

THE GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT – Jonas Grauer


Original Review by Alan RogersThe Guardian of the Light

Philippe Arber’s The Guardian of the Light is a short film from 2015 in which Camille (Vanessa A. King) has to “find the courage to overcome her inner fears”. She has withdrawn into a world of dreams and stories after the untimely death of her father. Driven away from her home to her father’s old study in the country, Camille soon finds herself in a fantasy world where she must face a sorceress who has taken all light from the land of Palantia. The remainder of the film follows Camille as she battles her own demons as well as the evil witch. The Guardian of the Light is given a memorable score by Jonas Grauer. [Read more…]

BLUE BORSALINO – David M. Saunders


Original Review by Alan RogersBlue Borsalino

Blue Borsalino is a 2015 noir-styled short film written and directed by Mark Lobatto and starring David Warner, Margot Leicester, Bart Edwards and Laura Dale. Warner plays one-time private investigator, Ernie Child, whose life has been overshadowed by one fateful day in his past. When his first and only client, Jean Delaware (Leicester), wakes from a coma, he suddenly has to face up to this life-changing event from almost 50 years ago. Warner dominates when he’s on-screen, with a subtle and nuanced playing of a character whose life has been dominated by regret. The portrayal of the emotional state of Ernie Child and Jean Delaware is ably supported by a measured score composed by relative newcomer David M. Saunders. [Read more…]

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