Authors

Giovanni Rotondo

Editor in Chief of Film Scoring Tips.
Giovanni Rotondo is an experienced film and television composer based in London. He has scored many award winning feature films (Elijah and the Rock Creature, Orphans & Kingdoms), TV movies (Il Giudice Meschino, Il Confine), documentaries (Ilaria Alpi - L'Ultimo Viaggio) and video games (Thunderbird: The Legend Begins). More info here: giovannirotondo.com

John OttmanJohn Ottman

John Ottman is one of the most unique creatives in the film industry, holding dual distinctions as both a leading film and Emmy nominated composer and a BAFTA and Oscar winning film editor. Ottman has often completed both monumental tasks on the same films. Such remarkable double duties have included The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer, Days ofs Future Past and Xmen Apocalypse. He has also held producer roles on several of these films, as well as directing, editing and scoring Urban Legends 2.

Dario MarianelliDario Marianelli

Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa, Italy. He composed the soundtracks for Bumblebee (2018), Paddington 2 (2017) Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Anna Karenina (2012), Atonement (2007), V for Vendetta (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005) and Pride & Prejudice (2005). He received three Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. In 2008, Marianelli won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the score of Atonement. He has collaborated with the director Joe Wright five times, on Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist, Anna Karenina and Darkest Hour.

Michael PriceMichael Price

Michael Price's critically acclaimed debut album on Erased Tapes Records, Entanglement, released in April 2015, was described as ‘gorgeous’ by Rolling Stone, as ‘a neo-classical treat’ by Uncut, and Clash remarked that ‘the emotional clout of this music is quite staggering’. A new album, Tender Symmetry, was released on August 31st 2018.

Michael’s work for film and television has been also widely recognised, winning an EMMY award in 2014, and Royal Television Society, Music&Sound, and Televisual Bulldog awards as well as a BAFTA nomination and 2 further EMMY nominations for the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, which he scores with David Arnold. Other upcoming TV projects include the 4th season of BAFTA-winning crime drama Unforgotten and the BBC’s new Dracula adaptation, created by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

Steve LewisSteve Lewis

Steve was hired by Richard Branson in 1969, while still at school. Virgin was simply a mail order retailer of albums and the total headcount was about eight. There were no shops and the label didn't release its first album, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, for another four years. 

He worked during school holidays and after school doing whatever he could to make himself useful. It was priceless training and he gained experience in all areas of the music industry as Virgin entered each new sector. 

From 1974 to 1978 Steve ran Virgin's artist management company, after which he joined the board of Virgin Records as Deputy Managing Director (1978 to 1983). Richard next asked him to run Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd which he did until 1992 when EMI bought the Virgin Music Group.

In 1993 Steve was appointed CEO of the Music Division of Chrysalis Group PLC, responsible for establishing a new front line label, The Echo Label and supervising the Group's other labels, publishing companies and studios.

Steve left Chrysalis in 2001 to write a novel (which remains unfinished) and established Stage Three Music, a publishing company, in 2003. Steve and his investors sold the company to BMG in 2010.

Steve continues to work as a music publisher and sits on the boards of several music tech companies as a non executive director. Find more info on Linkedin or on
Steve Lewis' website.

Pia Di Ciaula ACE, CCEPia Di Ciaula ACE, CCE

Pia Di Ciaula is a Canadian film and TV editor based in the UK. Di Ciaula's credits include Tyrannosaur, directed by Paddy Considine, winning 40 awards worldwide; A Very English Scandal directed by two time Oscar nominee Stephen Frears, starring Hugh Grant; and Netflix's multi-BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe winning series The Crown, directed by Emmy winner and three time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry. Di Ciaula has won a BAFTA award for Best Editing and received nominations for a Gemini, two Genie's, BAFTA and RTS nominations for Best Editing.

Shie RozowShie Rozow

Shie Rozow (pronounced shy ro-zov) is a composer and music editor who's credits include blockbuster films like AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, HUSTLE & FLOW, TRAINING DAY, TV shows like ARROW and KRYPTON and indie films like JASMINE, and CAPTAIN HAGEN’S BED & BREAKFAST. For more visit his website at www.shierozow.com

Adonis AletrasAdonis Aletras

Adonis Aletras is a working film/TV/media composer with 100’s of credits on US network/cable Television, games and apps. His music can be heard in Emmy award winning Television shows and he is a voting member of the Television Academy (Emmys) and the Recording Academy (Grammys). A prolific composer, his catalogue currently exceeds 2000 signed tracks. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Robert Drane

Combining marketing and music, Robert Drane is a writer and composer based in North Yorkshire, England.

Silvio RelandiniSilvio Relandini

I'm a professor of musical technology in S.Cecilia Music Academy (Rome), S.Louis College of Music (Rome). I teach: Applied Music, Music Composition for images Sound Designing, Sound Engineering, Sampling, Sound's Science, Musimathics since 1993 in Musical Accademies, Conservatives, Universities, Training Centers, Private Institutions. I create professional music technology courses (Master) for Italian academic institutions (Conservatory, University). I have worked as an expert of music technologies (music editor, sound designer, virtual orchestration) in film and television production, video game industry, music and record production. I have founded the IITM (Italian Institute of Music Technologies) with the aim of giving students the skills and knowledge to find work in the music industry. My students work and are good professionist in different countries around the world (USA, UK, Germain, France, Spain, Swedish, Holland, Singapore). I was responsible for educating Italy for major musical production houses (Steinberg, Sibelius) and I certificated professors hat working in various Italian schools.

Wojciech UsarzewiczWojciech Usarzewicz

Wojciech Usarzewicz is a music composer from Poland. He enjoys studying cinematic scores. He composed music for TailQuest: Defense, an indie tower defense game coming soon on Steam.

He published a completely free course, Interactive Game Music for Beginners in which he teaches how to work with FMOD and adaptive game music.

Michael KrukMichael Kruk

Michael Kruk has written and produced the music for many major documentary series which have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide. These include award winning David Attenborough documentaries through to series for the BBC Natural History Unit. His music has been performed by a 75 piece orchestra, but he has also delivered entire soundtracks crafted solely in his home studio.

Michael’s first book, “An Introduction To Writing Music For Television” became an Amazon #1 bestseller in the categories of “Music Composition" and “Music Recording and Sound” within it’s first week.

He is also the founder of www.musicforincome.com.

Roman KovalikRoman Kovalik

Roman Kovalik is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and a composer for film and television. He is best known for his sleek and stylish scores for "Butterfly Caught", "Please Come With Me" and "Beyond The Trek".

Still a teenager, he began his career as a composer for local theater productions in his native Switzerland. Discovering his passion for music in the visual arts early on, he moved to Boston and earned his B.A. in Film Scoring and a Certificate of Excellence in Composition from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Since 2006, he has lived in Los Angeles and worked on multiple award winning movies and TV shows.

Kenny WoodKenny Wood

Kenny Wood is media composer from Los Angeles, whose experience in the field aided him in writing the Assisting the Composer guidebook with the help of an exceptionally talented and diverse team of contributors. He has composed scores on a number of feature films, video games, and the Oscar nominated short film, Oktapodi. He worked as an assistant to Mychael Danna, Heitor Pereira, and has provided additional music for Brian Tyler and Keith Power among others.

Rotem MoavRotem Moav

Rotem Moav is an Israeli composer mostly known for his continuous work on the Destiny video game. Before joining the AAA franchise he had quite a success composing for television with his music being broadcasted in most US networks. Find more info on rotemmoav.com

Patrick CassidyPatrick Cassidy

A renowned Irish born composer of great distinction and reputation. Distinguished by his emergence as Ireland’s most prominent composer with the release of the Children of Lir, the BBC subsequently produced a documentary reflecting this seminal work.
After graduating from The University of Limerick with a degree in Applied Mathematics, Patrick released his debut album, “Cruit” in 1988 which featured music by 17th an 18th century Irish Harpists adeptly arranged for both the Irish harp and a baroque ensemble. From this foundation, emerged his epochal work, “The Children of Lir,”. Other major “Works” include “Deirdre of the Sorrows”, “Immortal Memory”, “Famine Remembrance”, which had it's premiere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York.
Currently, Patrick Cassidy resides in Los Angeles where in addition to his concert work and compositions, he scores and collaborates on film and documentary projects. Notable credits include; Hannibal, Veronica Guerin, Confessions of a Burning Man, Salem’s Lot, King Arthur, Layer Cake, Che Guevara, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, The Front Line, L'Aviatore, Kill The Irishman, Calvary, 1916 The Irish Rebellion.
Patrick’s sublime aria,“Vide cor Meum” was composed as a “mini” Opera for the Ridley Scott film, “Hannibal”.This aria has been presented at both the Oscar and Emmy Awards and “Vide cor Meum” has appeared in multiple top-ten lists and essential collections throughout the world including the Warner Classics CD, the “40 Most Beautiful Arias.” Significantly, Patrick Cassidy is noted in this distinctive collection as the only living composer.
Patrick’s new opera “Dante” will premiere in 2021 as part of the Dante Anniversary Commemoration in Italy.

Simon WhiteheadSimon Whitehead

Simon is an electronic musician and founder of Shibui Music and Sparks.fm. Since beginning his music for advertising career just 3 years ago, he has worked on campaigns for Google, Toyota, Adidas and Sure For Men to name a few. Simon is now exploring new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into the bespoke process with Sparks.fm. You can reach simon at simon@sparks.fm.

Iria PizaniaIria Pizania

Iria is an award-winning Film Producer and Director with work screened across the world and receiving a string of nominations and awards at international film festivals. She has produced shorts and feature films as well as worked in different production capacities. Her credits include the award winning shorts China Doll, Tutu & Pointes and the feature The Journey starring Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock & two smoking barrels) and Lindsay Coulson (Eastenders). Iria is currently working on producing a slate of films as well as being a vocal advocate and activist for promoting equal opportunities and wider access into the screen industries.

Ross ShotlandRoss Shotland

Founder & President of Enjoy The Ride & Enjoy The Toons Records. Coordinator of licensing agreements with strategic partners
in regards to vinyl reissues & digital hosting. Has worked direct with companies such as Sony Music, UMG, WMG, Rhino
Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company, WaterTower Music, Equal Vision
Records, among many other indie labels. He also often works direct with
the artists when licensing out of print releases for vinyl and/or
digital reissue.

Tristan NoonTristan Noon

Tristan is a British TV composer based just outside of London. He studied briefly at the University of Surrey and has gone on to orchestrate music for high budget productions such as the AAA rated video game 'LEGO: The Incredibles' and ITV 1's flagship drama 'Endeavour'. He also orchestrated, music prepped and music copied the music for synth-pop/electronic legend Gary Numan’s UK tour with the Skaparis Orchestra in November 2018. As well as his work as an orchestrator, Tristan has had music published by prominent production music companies such as Audio Network, EMI and Universal leading to a large variety of prime time syncs. In 2017 he wrote and launched an eBook called From DAW to Score - if you like the content above, you can visit his blog or purchase his book at a discounted price by entering the code FILMSCORINGTIPS during checkout (valid until the end of January).

Chris SmithChris Smith

Chris Smith is a British composer and producer whose work spans song writing, TV commercials, corporate films, sound branding, television, film, theatre, animation and library music.

For more than twenty years, as founder of one of the UK’s most successful music production companies, he was involved in the production of critically acclaimed and award-winning music for hundreds of TV commercials, television programmes, films and theatrical productions.

Chris is a passionate defender of creators’ rights and has served on the boards of PRS/MCPS, BASCA and ECSA. He is a director of PCAM, the Society of Composers & Producers of Applied Music.

Gabriele Conti

Gabriele Conti is a professional audio engineer with many years of experience in the film scoring industry.
He has worked with many great composers both for Cinema and TV.
You can find more info about his credits on his IMDB page.

Andrea TonoliAndrea Tonoli

Born in 1991 Andrea Tonoli is a composer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist located in Milan, Italy.
Andrea has written, released and performed worldwide 6 albums in the last 5 years, with some of his works being used as soundtracks for movies, commercials and documentaries by important companies such as National Geographic. More info: www.andreatonoli.com

Simone Corelli

Born in Milano in 1969 Simone Corelli is an experienced rerecording sound mixer for movies and teacher located in Roma, Italia.
He wrote two books, “Elementi di Cinematografia Sonora” and “Pro Tools in One Hour (coffee break included)”.
He loves photography, hifi, baroque musique and plays harpsichord.

Dan GrahamDan Graham

Dan Graham was the songwriter in a UK indie band Ooberman (“Times Single Of The Year” 1999). From 2004 he composed premium library music and from 2010 invested rising royalties in his trailer music labels Gothic Storm, 7 other catalogues and Gothic Instruments which makes DRONAR for Kontakt. Gothic Storm music is regularly used in Hollywood movie trailers.

After writing a 10-part in-depth series of articles about library music for Sound On Sound Magazine he wrote the 2018 e-book “A Composer’s Guide To Library Music”: www.librarymusicbook.com

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