Crafting Sonic Experiences: The Role of Soundscores in Music Documentaries and Fiction


Date: Thursday 5th November, 18:00-19:00 UK Time

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What are the most effective ways of using original compositions, archival material and cult tracks? What type of soundscape can emerge when telling stories about musicians, music venues and movements? How does a soundtrack affect the audience’s experience of a film?

Filmmakers from this year’s Official Selection are joined by a sound experts and composers to discuss the essential role of scores in feature films.

Speakers: Anne Nitkin (STARDUST), Ed Farmer, Duco Donk (JIMMY IS PUNK)

Hosted by Jan Willem De With

About the speakers:

Anne Nitkin is an Ivor Novello and Emmy-nominated composer, best known for her work on Bart Layton’s critically acclaimed heist movie AMERICAN ANIMALS and BAFTA-winning film THE IMPOSTER. She was recently named ‘Composer to Watch’ on Classic FM Radio and ‘composer who should be on your radar’ by Film4.

Edward Farmer is a British composer, conductor and orchestrator for Film & Television. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Edward has worked on a wide range of projects, composing solo or collaborating with other composers and musicians. Recent projects include sci-fi feature Beyond Existence dir. Schuman Hoque,The Crown (Season 3) [Netflix], Venice Film Festival nominated Kingdom Come,  The Dark Crystal [Netflix], Temple [Sky / Hera Pictures], Birds of Prey [Warner Bros], Shallow for Emmy award-winning William Bridges, Race Across the World commissioned by EMI, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (BBC/Netflix), Bridgerton [Netflix], SAS Red Notice (Lionsgate). An experienced orchestral conductor in both studio and live settings, Edward has worked with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of London and some of London’s finest session players.  He has written music for the Royal Opera House, West End Theatre, and was nominated for the European Soundtrack Award at the Soundtrack Cologne Festival. Ed grew up in Yorkshire, and is now based in London.

Duco Donk became a video editor after a fun but unsuccessful career as a pop musician. After editing over 10,000 items for news and various other television programmes, Duco got kind of handy but he also felt the need to make something of greater value. He felt the need to make art.

About the Host:

Jan Willem de With is an award-winning German-Dutch film composer, producer and musician currently based in London. His soundtracks and film productions have been internationally screened and performed at film festivals and events in Cannes, London, New York, Prague, Cologne and Zurich. For some of his productions, he has collaborated with musicians and ensembles such as “The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra”, “State Orchestra Halle”, and Eurovision singer-songwriter Chiara Dubey. These collaborations have led to work in locations such as Abbey Road Studios London, Air-Edel Studio London and Smecky Studios Prague.

As a conductor his main focus is on film scores. Most recently he conducted the Wuppertal Symphonic Orchestra (who recently worked with Hans Zimmer) for a live-to-picture film music concert. Besides composition, Jan Willem works as a lecturer for film music at London South Bank University, festivals and conventions (such as the Medienforum Mittweida or Lüneburg Short-Film Festival IM.KASTEN). There, he develops young filmmakers’ understanding about the use of sound and music, as well as the myriad collaborative aspects and demands in film productions.

This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020. To access all panels purchase the UK All Access or International All Access Pass from £14.99.

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