A flock of birds on its way south, the camera follows the animals with never before seen closeness. But it is the music that transforms this natural phenomena into a Winged Migration. Music by Bruno Coulais, one of SoundTrack_Cologne 12’s film music guests who all show how differently film music can make a film complete. Joining Bruno Coulais (The Chorus, Microcosmos, The Crimson Rivers) will be Jessica de Rooij (Forget Me Not, Postal, Max Schmeling), David Julyan (Memento, The Prestige, The Cabin in the Woods) and Peter Gregson (A Little Chaos) to talk about their work as film composers on Friday, August 21st.
The inner working of a meadow (Microcosmos), the fascination of migratory birds (Winged Migration), the fantasy world of a little girl (Coraline), the mad madness of a fairy tale king (Ludwig II.), a murder nightmare in the snowy alpes (The Crimson Rivers) – Bruno Coulais always knew to find the right tone. He won the French film award César thrice, the European Film Award once and was nominated for an Academy Award for his song “Vois sur ton chemin” from the film The Chorus. His film music colleague Jean-Michel Bernard (The Science of Sleep) will be hosting the talk and will try to uncover his secret of success.
Obviously the legendary Dr. Uwe Boll never regretted putting his trust in the at the time just 24-year-old composer Jessica de Rooij. Since 2006 they complete 20 film together, amongst them BloodRayne, Postal and Max Schmeling. Jessica de Rooij and Uwe Boll will discuss their joint work at SoundTrack_Cologne 12. They will be joined by another director in Jessica de Rooij’s life: David Sieveking for whom she wrote the music for his critically acclaimed success Forget Me Not.
Cellist and composer Peter Gregson stands just at the beginning of his career but has done a lot already. He played first performances of works of Tod Machover, Gabriel Prokofiev and Steve Reich and recently has written the music for his first feature film for Alan Rickman’s film A Little Chaos. In addition to his talk on Friday, he plays a concert together wit Jeff Rona on Thursday, 20th at the Kleiner Sendesaal at the WDR Funkhaus on Wallrafplatz.
The first music budget David Julyan had to work with were only 8 Dollar for an empty DAT-tape. More important than the money was the man he was working with: Christopher Nolan. He went on writing the score for Memento, Insomnia and The Prestige for him; films that paved the director’s way to the top of Hollywood. Even though their professional ways parted, David Julyan profited from the director’s success. His music for film like The Cabin in the Woods and The Descent made him a horror specialist.