Composing for Documentary – 7 April 2010

OzDox, and ADG (The Australian Directors Guild) together with the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) presents our first craft session for the year:

Composing for the Documentary

Discussion with Jan Preston, Caitlin Yeo, John Gray and Antony Partos

Location: AFTRS Theatre, Fox Studios/Entertainment Quarter. 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW.
Map:
http://www.aftrs.edu.au/about/contact-us/sydney.aspx
Date:
Wednesday 7 April 2010
Time:
6.15pm arrival for 6.30pm
Entry:
$5 suggested donation

Music can change a whole film. It can highlight an emotion, add tension, move us to tears and tell us what is really going on. In documentary, music is an important tool to help us tell our stories.

Join our special guests in a candid discussion about scoring music for documentary

  • JAN PRESTON (Australian Dynasties, The Trouble with Merle, The Diplomat)
  • CAITLIN YEO (Bomb Harvest, Feril Peril, Children of Tibet)
  • JOHN GRAY (Kokoda, Inspiring Teachers, Constructing Australia – A Wire Through the Heart)
  • ANTONY APARTOS (Contact, Celebrity: Dominick Dunne, Are You My Mother)

This OzDox session will give insights into the director, producer and composer dynamic; how to get the most from your composer and musical score; working with limited budgets; how to brief your composer and get the best results.

Guests

Jan Preston

Jan Preston

Jan Preston is one of Australia’s leading film composers. Her THEME to the iconic ABC TV series, AUSTRALIAN STORY can be heard every Monday night nationwide in Australia. She composed the soundtrack for all five AUSTRALIAN DYNASTIES Series on ABC TV, the 4 part drama series BASTARD BOYS, and hundred of documentaries and documentary series for well known award winning film makers such as TOM ZUBRYCKI, RAY QUINT, JUDY RYMER, AVIVA ZIEGLER, ROBIN NEWELL and JESSICA DOUGLAS HENRY. Jan has recently completed music for her 6th feature film, her sister GAYLENE PRESTON’S latest movie, HOME BY CHRISTMAS which is to be released in 2010. Jan has also composed and performed the music for 12 silent movies.

Caitlin Yeo

Caitlin Yeo

Caitlin Yeo is an award winning young composer with a diverse and unique compositional style. Since graduating from screen composition at AFTRS in 2003, Caitlin has written music for over 20 documentaries, 2 feature films and many short films. In 2007 she won the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Documentary for her highly original score for Bomb Harvest, a feature documentary about an Australian bomb disposal expert in Laos. Currently Caitlin is working on Louise Alston’s second feature Jucy, and Peter Hegedus’ feature documentary My America.

 

John Gray

John Gray

John Gray is a multi-award winning film composer. His achievements include, the European Union Film Award 2005, “Best Original Song Written for the Screen” at the 2007 APRA/AGSC Australian Screen Music Awards, “Best Original Score” at the 2007 Sony Tropfest, and ‘Checkpoint’, which won the Jury Prize at the 2006 Montreal film Festival. A graduate of AFTRS, he has written scores for documentaries, features and short films and has composed for both the SBS documentary series “Inspiring Teachers” and the historical ABC documentary series “Constructing Australia”. His features include “Coffin Rock”, ‘Kokoda’, and ‘The Bet’. John also created two pieces for the dance company “Legs on the Wall” for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Antony Partos

Antony Partos

Antony Partos is an internationally awarded composer who specialises in blending acoustic and electronic elements in his scores. His feature film scores for The Home Song Stories and Unfinished Sky have consecutively won AFI awards and his scores for the documentaries Webs Of Intrigue and Smart’s Labyrinth (the life of Jeffery Smart) have both won AGSC awards for best music. Other credits include the features Disgrace (starring John Malkovich), Walking On Water and Soft Fruit. This year his scores for the upcoming features Accident’s Happen (starring Geena Davis), and Animal Kingdom (starring Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce and Jackie Weaver) will also be released. His documentary credits include Contact, Are You My Mother, Celebrity-Tales of Dominick Dunn and The Good the Bad and the Ugg Boot.