Super stoked to have been picked to be a preliminary judge for this year’s Jackson Wild festival, the other Oscars of Natural History documentary film-making (the other being Bristol’s very own Wildscreen). I’ve had to watch 25 hours of documentaries in the People and Nature Long form category and I can honestly say that there are some truly outstanding films coming your way from such diverse production companies as Terra Mater, Plimsoll, National Geographic, Smithsonian, amongst many others. It’s been an incredible experience to watch these films, and two themes really stood out as running through them all in one way or another; conservation of our planet and it’s ecosystems, and how interconnected and intertwined ecosystems are (termites being the backbone of the Okavango Delta, forests affecting the oyster population downstream in the bays of Northeast Japan…). Stay tuned!
I’m back in the States for some meetings and stuff, and have been offered the chance to work with Emma Rigney again on an awesome looking Nat Geo special called “The Whale that ate Jaws”. It was the highest rated show for Nat Geo’s ‘Shark Week’ and it’s getting a CSI-type revamp, and I’m super stoked to be involved in re-orchestrating the music. Will let y’all know transmission dates!
Happy New Year to all of you! To kick the year off I’ve uploaded a couple of new clips (a snippet from Nat Geo’s “Clash of Tigers” and a clip for a Hewlett Packard ad I did in October) and a couple of old clips (short animation by Sasha Zikvovic and a bit of Wildlife on One’s Cane Toads episode). Hope you enjoy them! I’ve been working on getting my music library online recently for Off The Fence as they want to use it for this 5-part co-pro with France 5. Can’t talk too much about it but it’s a real eye-opener. Will give more details when I can.
So I’m sweating, in Providence, Rhode Island.. I’m there for my bro’s 40th birthday (which was amazing by the way, thanks, bro!) but only have a couple of days left and it is HOT. So muggy, too, so I’m trying to find a way to cool down, so I sit down next to the air-con in the place I’m staying at. Anyway, I get this email out of the blue from this lovely lady I collaborated with AEONS ago, when she was still at the BBC NHU in Bristol. She’s this great director from Australia called Emma Rigney, who has been living in DC for years and working for Nat Geo; we worked on a Wildlife on One together (Citizen Cane Toad) and a great series called Great British Eccentrics which was really fun. She’s working on this one hour show about Tigers, a really REALLY cool story, with a total twist to it.. several, in fact. And she’d like me to write the score. AWESOME! So that’s happening right now, but all the music has to be done by the end of the month (and we’re looking at 38 minutes of music…). Good luck, yo!
The lovely folk at BBC Publishing invited me to join them at the 63rd edition of the Ivor Novello Awards in the Big Smoke (AKA London). I bumped into some old faces and made some new acquaintances, as well as hanging out with some friends and quaffing much wine. What an amazing event to have been invited to! The speeches were incredibly touching, particularly Billy Bragg’s and Lionel Ritchie’s, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house for Billy Ocean’s speech who was recognised for the International Achievement Award. All in all a fantastic day out, thanks again BBC for having invited me, you guys rock.
… but no way am I taking some time off right now. On the contrary, things are getting super hectic with a complete overhaul/rebranding of my site, a new showreel to feature on there, and a commission to write 100 tracks for a bespoke music library for the venerated Off The Fence Production company! Yeah, it’s all kickin’ off. I’ve also had the honour of being invited to attend this year’s Ivor Novello Awards in that there London at the end of this month, so am really keen on getting the website up and running and lookin’ ace by then. Wish me luck!
So the show I was working on for the BBC was this.. Attenborough & the Sea Dragon. It’s a fascinating show about the discovery of the fossil of an Ichthyosaur, a sea dwelling dinosaur that would roam the seas in search of prey. Except that the creature appears to have been horribly massacred by a much larger sea predator. Tune in to iPlayer to find out more, with Big Dave. Here’s the trailer
So I’ve just been commissioned to score a BBC1 1 hour special which will probably be broadcast late this year/early next year. It’s top secret but I can reveal it will involve these two things :
1. A dinosaur
2. David Attenborough
I feel so honoured and stoked to be working on this!! From what I’ve seen it’s going to be a killer show, a sortof murder mystery investigation taking place in the present day but examining clues from aeons ago. Will let you all know nearer the time the broadcast dates, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
The Wildscreen Panda Awards are the highest international accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry, often described as the ‘Green Oscars’, and are presented every two years to celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling. The team I worked with on “Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur” were up for an award, which we didn’t win unfortunately. After the interval, we all came back in and sat down to watch the second half of the awards ceremony (presented by the main man himself, David Attenborough!). The MC started talking about a show that rocked the Jury’s world, a show full of innovation and a fantastic bit of storytelling.. He was only talking about our show! And so we were awarded the Jury’s Special Prize, which was incredibly moving and awesome. Hats off to everyone involved especially Charlotte Scott for her tireless work and enterprise in making this show happen. This was by far the proudest moment of my career as a composer. Thanks everyone!
Been so busy finishing up another job I completely forgot to write about the broadcast of this amazing show I worked on that was aired on BBC1 on the 26th January and will be aired on PBS in the States on the 17th February. This is probably the biggest show I’ve ever worked on.. in my life. I’ve worked with Attenborough before on a few BBC Wildlife on One programmes, namely the one about Crabs (Claw Wars – watch a clip here) and the one about Cane Toads but this was a much bigger deal. A one-off show about the biggest dinosaur ever found on planet Earth with Sir David not only narrating it but actually going to Patagonia to get stuck in.. amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed working on this, it was a real challenge for me on many levels but ultimately very rewarding.. plus I got to go and record and mix some musicians in Jim Barr’s studio which was an awesome thing in itself. Overall I’m very pleased with the music and will be posting some up on my soundcloud as soon as I can get access to my studio again which should hopefully be next week.
You can still catch it here in the UK and here in North America, check it out!