Thursday, February 22, 2018

2017 IFMCA Award Winners Announcement



INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2017 IFMCA AWARDS; “PHANTOM THREAD” TAKES SCORE OF THE YEAR, MULTIPLE WINS FOR MICHAEL GIACCHINO, BENJAMIN WALLFISCH

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2017, in the 2017 IFMCA Awards.

The award for Score of the Year goes to British composer Jonny Greenwood for his score for critically acclaimed period drama “Phantom Thread,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. In describing the score, IFMCA member Jon Broxton wrote that it was a “quite masterful score from Greenwood, one which gets deeply under the skin of the damaged, potentially dangerous, but nevertheless mutually fulfilling relationship at the center of the story. The abstract, impressionistic, modernistic textures perfectly capture the torment that both characters at times feel, as well as their willful and often unpleasant personalities. Then, when he opens up his orchestra and performs the Phantom Thread theme with glorious melodrama, or when he writes elegant romantic music for what should be the dreadful finale, the whole thing simply soars”. The score was also named Best Original Score for Drama Film; these are the first IFMCA Award wins of Greenwood’s career, him having previously been nominated for Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year in 2007 and Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film for “Inherent Vice” in 2014.

Composer Alexandre Desplat is named Composer of the Year, him having written at least four outstanding works spanning multiple genres in the past year. His work in 2017 included director Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski. IFMCA member James Southall said that The Shape of Water was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a “sonic marvel of extremely intelligent rendering” and an “unparalleled execution of orchestral textures” featuring “composition of demanding complexity.” Desplat received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. This marks the third time Desplat has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2017 and 2014.

Composer Michael Giacchino wins two awards - Film Music Composition of the Year and Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film – both for his work on the third film in the blockbuster Planet of the Apes trilogy, “War for the Planet of the Apes”. IFMCA member James Southall said that War for the Planet of the Apes was “not just the best film music [Giacchino has] ever written” but that “the manner of the score, the construction of the dramatic narrative, [and] the very deliberate emotional prods … make it stand out as a special achievement”.

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch also wins two awards - Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film and Best Original Score for a Documentary – for two very different works. Director Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness” is a Gothic thriller which draws on European classical traditions to generate its creepy atmosphere, while “Mully” is an inspirational documentary about the life of Charles Mully, a Kenyan business tycoon who gave away his fortune to start the Mully Children's Family, the largest children's rescue, rehabilitation and development organization in Africa. Wallfisch’s score blends rich, beautiful orchestral themes with influences from traditional East African music. IFMCA member Ley Bricknell described “A Cure for Wellness” as “totally compelling” with “an overwhelming sense of fear and madness”.

Cypriot composer George Kallis is named Breakthrough Composer of the Year for his stellar work writing three enormously impressive scores in 2017: the children’s fantasy “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” the historical drama “The Black Prince,” and the Russian fantasy epic “Posledni Bogatyr/The Last Warrior,” all of which impressed members of the IFMCA with their scope and creativity. The various other genre awards are won by Christopher Willis his Russian-inspired music for the satirical comedy “The Death of Stalin”; and Theodore Shapiro for his anarchic but wonderfully sincere score for the animated super hero parody “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Adventure”.

In the non-film categories, composers Bruce Broughton, John Debney, Joel McNeely, and Andrew Cottee jointly win the award for Best Original Score for a Television Series for their magnificent work on the Fox sci-fi series “The Orville,” while Spanish composer David García Díaz wins the award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media for his moving score for the adventure–puzzle video game “Rime,” in which players are compelled to solve environmental puzzles across five large levels that represent the five stages of grief.

Burbank, California-based La-La Land Records is named Film Music Record Label of the Year in recognition of their ongoing excellence in restoring and releasing the most beloved film scores of the past. British label Tadlow Records and producer James Fitzpatrick are honored with the award for Best New Release, Re-Release or Re-Recording of an Existing Score for their lavish new recording of Miklós Rózsa’s classic 1959 score “Ben-Hur,” which IFMCA member Craig Lysy described as “the most thematically complex and melodically rich film score ever penned by the hand of man” … “a superb recording and the crowning glory of the Golden Age”. Finally, Oakland, California-based Intrada Records and producer Douglass Fake wins the award for Best Film Music Compilation Album for their superb release “Captains Courageous: The Franz Waxman Collection”, a compilation of outstanding themes by the great German composer of the 1940s and 50s.

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COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

SCORE OF THE YEAR - PHANTOM THREAD, music by Jonny Greenwood

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR - ALEXANDRE DESPLAT

BREAKTHROUGH COMPOSER OF THE YEAR - GEORGE KALLIS

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR - “End Credits” from WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM - PHANTOM THREAD, music by Jonny Greenwood

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM - THE DEATH OF STALIN, music by Christopher Willis

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM - A CURE FOR WELLNESS, music by Benjamin Wallfisch

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM - WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FILM - CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE, music by Theodore Shapiro

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY - MULLY, music by Benjamin Wallfisch

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION - THE ORVILLE, music by Bruce Broughton, John Debney, Joel McNeely, and Andrew Cottee

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA - RIME, music by David García Díaz

BEST NEW RELEASE, RE-RELEASE OR RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE -

BEN-HUR, music by Miklós Rózsa; The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Nic Raine; album produced by James Fitzpatrick; liner notes by Frank K. De Wald; album art direction by James Fitzpatrick, Gareth Bevan, and Nic Finch (Tadlow)

BEST FILM MUSIC COMPILATION ALBUM -

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS: THE FRANZ WAXMAN COLLECTION, music by Franz Waxman; album produced by Douglass Fake; liner notes by Frank K. De Wald; album art direction by Kay Marshall and Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR - LA-LA LAND RECORDS, MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys

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The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing and broadcasting about original film, television and game music.

Since its inception the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 65 members from countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Jóhann Jóhannsson’s “Arrival” in 2016, John Williams’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, Hans Zimmer’s “Interstellar” in 2014, Abel Korzeniowski’s “Romeo & Juliet” in 2013, Mychael Danna’s “Life of Pi” in 2012, John Williams’s “War Horse” in 2011, John Powell’s “How to Train Your Dragon” in 2010, Michael Giacchino’s “Up” in 2009, Alexandre Desplat’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, Dario Marianelli’s “Atonement” in 2007, James Newton Howard’s “Lady in the Water” in 2006, John Williams’s “Memoirs of a Geisha” in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s “The Incredibles” in 2004.

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association go to www.filmmusiccritics.org , visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @ifmca, or contact us at press@filmmusiccritics.org.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Podcast! The Annotator


Recently, we began a brand new podcast, THE ANNOTATOR, which is unlike any podcast we've done before.  The Annotator focuses on the composer.  No interviewer.  No answering questions.  It's simply the composer telling his or her story about and sharing insights into their original scores.

We are two episodes in, but in case you haven't been able to catch them yet, here they are!

Daniel Pemberton - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword


Oliviere Derivere - Get Even


Hope you will listen and if you enjoy what you hear, let us know and check things out on the official site, TheAnnotator.Net. 


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Does the Wonder Woman Motif Work? Soundcast Stereo (Ep. 19)


Episode 19 - Does the Wonder Woman Motif Work?


Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman tackle perhaps the biggest question surrounding the new "Wonder Woman" film score, "Does the Wonder Woman motif work?"  Before doing so, they have a spoiler-laden discussion regarding their thoughts about the film, itself, as well as Rupert Gregson-Williams score, overall.  You'll find out just where each of them rank the film and respective score in the DCEU and what their hopes and expectations are for the next film "Justice League."

Episode Highlights

00:03 - Wonder Woman's Intro
02:30 - Reaction to the film (Spoilers!)
12:11 - Reaction to the score (Spoilers!)
18:46 - Did the Wonder Woman motif work? (Spoilers!)
27:11 - Did its use in BvS Help or Hurt Wonder Woman? (Spoilers!)
32:30 - Final thoughts and expectations for Justice League

Music Selections

00:00 - "Wonder Woman's Wrath" (Wonder Woman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams
32:00 - "No Man's Land" (Wonder Woman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams

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The Soundcast Stereo is co-hosted by Christopher Coleman and Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound Radio).  Each episode is a 30 minute (ish), two channel conversation about the world of film, television, and video game music.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery Trailer (Bonus Soundcast Episode)


Bonus Episode - Star Trek: Discovery Trailer
Christopher Coleman, Kristen Romanelli and Erik Woods share their thoughts about the recently released trailer to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.  They discuss the look for show and what may be in store for our ears in the series' music.

Episode Highlights

00:00 - Intro ... and announcement about an announcement
02:29 - A Uniform Reaction
05:00 - What Sort of Score?
06:30 - Who Is Going to Watch This?

Music Selections

00:00 - "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Epic Cover (Rock Mix)-  by Heropoint
02:00 - "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Epic Cover (Rock Mix)-  by Heropoint
09:14 - "Sledgehammer from Star Trek: Beyond (8-Bit Jawns Vol. 3) by 8-Bit Universe

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The Soundcast Stereo is co-hosted by Christopher Coleman and Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound Radio).  Each episode is a 30 minute (ish), two channel conversation about the world of film, television, and video game music.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Soundcast (Ep. 90) The Soundcast Six Vol. 3


Episode 90 - The Soundcast Six Vol. 3
In this volume, Kristen Romanelli, Erik Woods, and Christopher Coleman a new set of six stories from the soundtrack world:  The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 vs Vol. 2 twitter poll, The Orville with music by Bruce Broughton an Joel McNeely, The death of the MP3, The Star Trek; Legacy mashup, Henry Jackman on Jumanji and Jerry Goldsmith finally gettin his star on the Walk of Fame.

Episode Highlights

00:00 - Burnin' the Six Mix - Intro
03:29 - #1 - Guardians Volume-Off, Bro
24:13 - #2 - The Orville Crew: Broughton and McNeely
34:36 - #3 - MP3: Dead of Alive?
47:39 - #4 - Star Trek: Punked
55:53 - #5 - Jackmanji
62:19 - #6 - Jerry Goldstar
72:02 - Wrap up

Music Selections

00:00 - "Guardians Inferno - (Guardians of the Galaxy: Mixtape Vol 2) by The Sneepers
23:22 - "Lost in Space" - (Lost in Space) by Bruce Broughton
46:57 - "The Game Has Changed" (Tron: Legacy) by Daft Punk
50:05 - "The Enterprise" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) by Jerry Goldsmith
55:21 - "The Exorcism of Jonah Hill" (This is the End by Henry Jackman
61:29 - "It's a Long Road" (First Blood) by Jerry Goldsmith
72:29 - "Mr. Blue Sky - 8-Bit Version" (8-Bit Chip Shwang) by 8-Bit Universe

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The Soundcast Stereo is co-hosted by Christopher Coleman and Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound Radio).  Each episode is a 30 minute (ish), two channel conversation about the world of film, television, and video game music.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Soundcast (Ep. 89) - The Soundcast Six Vol. 2


Episode 89 - The Soundcast Six Vol. 2

Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound Radio, Kristen Romanelli (Film Score Monthly Online) and Christopher Coleman return to tackle six hot-topics from the world of soundtracks.  In volume 2, they talk about: John Williams internet "May the 4th be with You" greeting, the fall-out from the false revelation of Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) as "Godzilla: King of Monsters" composer, Junkie XL's recent Youtube video commenting on the disappearance of the "film theme," no CD release for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's" original score, the news and speculation of Joe Johnston helming the next Narnia film and Robert Zemeckis joining "The Flash," and finally a discussion of the amazing reveal in M. Night Shyamalan's "Split."




Episode Highlights

00:00 - May the 4th Be with You
02:40 - #1 - May the 4th be with You, John Williams
13:36 - #2 - Godzilla: King of Monster Mistakes
24:11 - #3 - Junkie XL - Where are the themes?
31:54 - #4 - No-CD-Time, A-Holes
47:02 - #5 - Narnia and The Flash
57:17 - #6 - Split


Music Selections

00:00 - "Augies Great Municipal Band" - (The Best of Star Wars) by Interglactic Symphony Orchestra
00:07 - "Force" - (Star Wars Head Space) by Troyboi
13:17 - "Godzilla's Victory" (Godzilla) by Alexandre Desplat
23:18 - "Capture the Flag" (Divergent) by Junkie XL
31:37 - "Showtime, A-Holes" (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) by Tyler Bates
46:29 - "Only the Beginning of the Adventure" (Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) by Harry Gregson-Williams
59:32 - "Visions" (Unbreakable) by James Newton Howard
61:58 - "Visions" (Unbreakable) by James Newton Howard
64:40 - "Force" - (Star Wars Head Space) by Troyboi


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The Soundcast Stereo is co-hosted by Christopher Coleman and Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound Radio).  Each episode is a 30 minute (ish), two channel conversation about the world of film, television, and video game music.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Soundcast (Ep. 88) - Herrmann, Williams or Zimmer?

Episode 88 - Herrmann, Williams or Zimmer?

Marty and Will Brueggemann (Underscore Podcast) join Erik Woods and Christopher Coleman to discuss the results of the recent Tracksounds' Twitter polls which asked, "Which composer has had the most impact on film music:  Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, or Hans Zimmer?"  In addition to discussing the surprising poll results, they dive into the substantial merits of each composer for such a title.  Lastly, each shares which composer they feel has truly made the largest impact upon the world of film music thus far.


Episode Highlights

00:24 - Intro and Welcome to Marty and Will Brueggemann (Underscore Podcast)
07:21 - Defining "Impact"
11:33 - Surprising Poll Results?
20:30 - Recognizing Williams
24:44 - The Elegant Mantle of John Williams
32:50 - Herrmann's Undeniable Influence
39:59 - Which Composer Has Truly Had the Most Impact?
66:39 - Only Zimmer Could Go to Coachella
73:48 - The Last Word



Music Selections

00:00 - "Marnie" - (Pyscho:  The Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection) by
Bernard Herrmann
07:01 - "Super Mario Kart Theme" - (Super Mario Kart) by Soyo Oka
20:49 - "End Credits" (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) by John Williams
32:18 - "North by Northwest" (Pyscho:  The Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection) by
Bernard Herrmann37:18 - "Harry's Wonderous World" (Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone) by John Williams
66:13 - "A Watchful Guardian" (The Dark Knight) by Hans Zimmer
80:59 - "The End?" (Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows) by Hans Zimmer

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The Soundcast Stereo is co-hosted by Christopher Coleman and Erik Woods (Cinematic Sound Radio).  Each episode is a 30 minute (ish), two channel conversation about the world of film, television, and video game music.