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Ident/Branding: Dream Finder - Coming Soon

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Ident/Branding: Dream Finder - Coming Soon

Antyr the Dream Finder and his strange companion and Earth Holder, stand in the way of a terrible evil that threatens the very fabric of the Great Dream. While a warrior chieftain will pay any price to conquer the world, even perhaps his soul…
— http://www.dreamfindermovie.com

I recently finishing the sound design for the ident to support the promotion of the upcoming feature film, "Dream Finder". The film is currently in pre-production while the team look to source funding for the project.

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Ident/Branding: Silver Hound Films

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Ident/Branding: Silver Hound Films

Silver Lining Pictures and Mediahound Films have joined forces to create "Silver Hound Films", a film production company with one aim... To create high quality adverts, idents and show reels for companies and brands. Motion graphics artist David Turner created an immersive and visually rich ident for the company and I was tasked with the job of designing the sound.

Manipulating found sounds and combining sub-bass drones, high end swells and of course modern sound design instruments such Gravity, I was able to create a heavy atmosphere and add impacting sounds for the thunder, howles and rain ending the cue abruptly to allow the team to seamlessly flow into their future visuals.

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Trailer: Cutting Room

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Trailer: Cutting Room

I recently worked alongside my friend and colleague Emily Jackson to produce the score for Silver Lining Pictures upcoming feature film, Cutting Room, check out results below! I've always loved the idea of collaboration which I guess is a plus point given the crazy deadlines we are gives as composers, It's always interesting to see where something goes when two minds work together.

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Short Film: Jogger

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Short Film: Jogger

I was recently completed the score, sound design and final mix for the short film "Jogger".

Jogger is the second short film produced by Silver Lining Pictures during the summer of 2014 and the second time I have worked with director/actor Matthew Clark (Francis). The film was shot with no dialogue or location sound and as such, I was responsible for producing an original score, sourcing and manipulating foley and adding sound design to the film.

It was amazing to be given the opportunity to work on this project and great experimentation in terms of what difference music and sound can make to a picture. I managed to add dread, atmosphere and fear through the use of music and really bring the film to live in terms of designing the ambience of the forest. I could even control the nature of the first by adding the sounds of crows and ravens during the films dramatic moments and removing them when the first had calmed and the 'evil' had left returning to a more settled atmosphere. 

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Animation: Æ Har Det Bare Bra: In The Festivals

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Animation: Æ Har Det Bare Bra: In The Festivals

I have just heard that Meredith Strandquist’s “Æ Har Det Bare Bra”; a short animated film I designed the sound for has been entered into the festivals!

The film was shown at the following film festivals during 2013, winning 3rd place on two occasions and receiving some great feedback from Innsbruck, very well done Meredith!

Innsbruck Nature Film Festival in Innsbruck, Austria
Winner in 3rd Place

“With minimal financial means the producer has managed to create an animated film which has moved all of us – because in only 60 seconds it transports more content than many a 90-minute documentary. The hero, drawn in a simple caricature style, is a polar bear – the emblematic animal of climate change – who has resigned himself to his fate. He lives in a house, opens the refrigerator when he is hungry and makes himself a sandwich with canned tuna and iceberg lettuce. Then he casts a nostalgic glance out of the window where his world melts away and sighs: Aren’t I lucky? The short story impresses the audience with its style, subtle humor and the serious, even sad message – and thus deserves the third prize.”

Fredrikstad Animation Festival in Fredrikstad, Norway
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia - Winner in 3rd Place
GIRAF Animation Festival in Alberta, Canada
KLIK! in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Band: Shores of Acheron [Intro]

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Band: Shores of Acheron [Intro]

Something a little different! US based (Baton Rouge, Louisiana to be precise) Metallers Shores Of Acheron were looking for a composer to work on an atmospheric track for them which could be used as an opener for their live performances as well as to serve as an introductory track to their upcoming release 'End of Reign'

Having grown up on a healthy diet of heavy metal, Mike composed a piece of ambient sound design and combined it with a crescendo of dark ambient and orchestral elements. These were all designed to build tension to give the band a great opportunity to begin their set with everyone's attention firmly on them. 

The Shores guys were really professional, friendly and we wish them all the best of luck in their no doubt successful careers! Check out their Facebook page here.

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Short Film: Francis

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Short Film: Francis

I was approached by Matthew Clark who informed me that he was writing and starring in a short horror film and was looking for some original music and a few sounds effects for the film. The brief required an atmospheric orchestral score which would focus on the mood and drama of the picture. Whilst being emotive, the score would need to accompany in a way that would not detract from the visuals or narrative.

While adding ambient sound design elements to accompany the score, I also took on some extra duties to put sonic emphasis on the integral parts of horror within the narrative, for example; during the poem excerpt read by the main characters mother during the ghastly vision sequence, followed by the imaginary swarm of flies which were to chase the main character during the films final dramatic moment.

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