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IMRO | Pulse College Scoring for Film & TV Seminar with Richard Bellis

Richard Bellis is an Emmy Award winning composer for his score on Stephen King’s “IT” and a nomination for HBO’s “Doublecrossed” starring Dennis Hopper. In addition to his film-scoring career, Bellis is a past president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists; served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he lectured for the past 11 years in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program; and served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Bellis currently serves on the Board of Directors of ASCAP.

Application Procedure:

For bookings and further details contact: Ashleigh Kennedy at Pulse College:  email: ue.egelloceslup@ydennek.hgielhsA

Participant Profile:

This course is targeted at composers who wish to advance their careers and learn more about promoting themselves in the industry.

Seminar Profile:

In a time of great sophistication in film, television and game production, why is music (arguably the most artificial element of film making) still an essential component?  What does it bring to the audience that no other aspect of production or post-production can?  Exploring the answer to this question allows the screen composer to better serve the production, the filmmaker and the audience.

The Director/Composer relationship:  This working relationship is our responsibility not the director’s.  There are many interviews with “A-List” directors and composers but what if you and your director are not on the A-list yet?  Without the same resources (financial and schedule-wise) the relationship becomes even more important and often more complex.  How can we overcome “temp love”, “striping” and unrealistic time and budget demands.  How do we prepare the filmmaker to like our music?

Irish Composer Nominated for ASCAP Film Score of the Year

Patrick CassidyIrish composer, Patrick Cassidy, has been nominated by ASCAP for Film Score of the Year for his original score for “Calvary”. The ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards give their members an opportunity to honour their peers in the film, TV and video game music world. The winners will be revealed at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards on March 9th.

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles this week, Patrick said: “I am delighted that ASCAP has nominated Calvary in the Film Score of the Year Category. Composers’ Choice nominees are hand-picked by a select group of composers, film and TV industry leaders, so it’s a great honour to be have been chosen by other music professionals for such a prestigious nomination.”

The Calvary score has also received a nomination for a Cue Award, the official awards of in the category of Best Dramatic Score. The score was previously nominated for the Discovery of the Year Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards.

Cassidy has composed the music and worked on the soundtrack for numerous films including ‘Hannibal’, ‘Veronica Guerin’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.

The nominees for 2014 FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR are:

Patrick Cassidy – Calvary

Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything 

Mica Levi – Under the Skin

Gary Yershon – Mr. Turner

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Cork Songwriter Scores Film Song Placement

Joseph O'DonovanCork-based singer-songwriter, Joseph O’Donovan, has had his song, “God Save Ireland”, selected for inclusion in the recently released feature film, “A Belfast story”, starring Colm Meaney.

Joseph is a Christian singer-songwriter in one of Ireland’s fastest growing genres. “God Save Ireland” is taken from his EP ‘Your Love Endures Forever’ and has been featured as the closing song for the film. “A Belfast Story” was written and directed by Nathan Todd and explores life after terrorism.

Joseph’s EP, ‘Your Love Endures Forever’, is now available on iTunes.

Irish Composer Scores “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” US Trailer

Dean ValentineDublin composer, Dean Valentine, has just had his music selected for the official US trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the follow-up to the 2012 blockbuster “The Hunger Games”. The trailer has just been released and the film will be hitting screens in November.

Earlier this year, Dean scored the official trailer for the Paul Greengrass directed feature film, “Captain Phillips”, starring Tom Hanks, and in 2012, scored the US trailer music for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”.

Dean recently scored the feature documentary, “Close to Evil”, which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last week. The documentary tells the story of Tomi Reichenthal, a survivor of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp who now lives in Ireland.


Audio for Film Summer School 2013

Audio for Film CourseA ten-day summer school being run this July (15th-26th) will introduce attendees to the process of audio production and post-production for film. The course, run by DCU lecturer Tony Doyle, will be practice based and includes lectures on understanding the role of sound and music in film. The course project will involve replacing the soundtrack for a film clip excerpt; this will include recording dialogue in a studio and using library sounds for foley, FX and music. Participants will be assigned to work in small groups.

This course will introduce:

  • Role of sound in film
  • Function of music in film
  • Pro Tools, (emphasis on film usage)
  • Operation of a mixing console
  • Recording an ADR Session
  • Post Production (Dialogue, Foley, FX, Music)
  • Mixing/Mastering a soundtrack


The course is open to anyone with an interest in audio for film and assumes no prior experience. Familiarity with Mac OSX and the use of a DAW (Digitial Audio Workstation) would be beneficial but not a necessity.

Course Fee: €350


  • Lectures, group and individual tutorials
  • Access to facilities (Pro Tools Mac lab, recording studio, library of sounds)
  • DVD of finished project
  • Certificate of completion

Places: The course is limited to 20 participants, early booking is advised. (Application deadline: 15th June)

Venue: Dublin City University

For booking and/or further information email: moc.liamg@loohcsremmusmlifrofoidua

Irish Composer Scores Trailer for New Tom Hanks Movie

Dean ValentineIrish composer, Dean Valentine, has just scored the official trailer for the Paul Greengrass directed feature film, “Captain Phillips”, starring Tom Hanks. The film, which will hit cinemas later this year, tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

This is not the first feature film trailer for Dean. Last year, he scored the US trailer music for Ridley Scott’s, “Prometheus”, which has had over 6 million YouTube hits. He has also composed music for “Ringer”, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Disney series, “Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh”.

You can find out more about Dean and listen to his music at his website here and his YouTube channel here

Music Documentary Filmmaker, Myles O’Reilly, Taking Part in the 5th Annual Corona Fastnet Film Festival in Schull

Myles O'Reilly-smallMyles O’Reilly, arguably Ireland’s best music documentary filmmaker has joined the line up for this year’s Corona Fastnet Film Festival, which will run from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th of May in Schull, West Cork. Winner of several iMTV Awards, Myles’ work will be familiar to anyone who watches contemporary Irish music on YouTube.

His film documenting last year’s performances in the Mitchelstown Caves, by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Lisa Hannigan, Duke Special and James Vincent McMorrow premiered at the Cork Opera House last month, with rave reviews. His films are shot from his signature perspective of someone going to the gig.

Myles has worked with the best in Irish music, filming live performances, music videos and documentaries with Glen Hansard, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Villagers, Liam O’Maonlaí, Julie Feeney and Katie Kim to name but a few. He is a visual vigilante for Irish music, capturing extraordinary moments very naturally. This is documentary making in its truest form. ‘As soon as I point a camera at a performance I feel like I am part of it,’ says Myles.

The annual Corona Fastnet Film Festival plays host to in excess of 200 short films each year in various venues throughout Schull. It is very much an ‘up close and personal’ experience. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers all share their experiences, giving shape and direction to each year’s challenging programme.

Niall Byrne Wins Best Original Score at The IFTAs

Niall Byrne IFTA AwardsComposer, Niall Byrne’s score for the BBC film, “Loving Miss Hatto”, has won Best Original Score at this year’s Irish Film and TV Awards. The film, written by Victoria Wood and directed by Aisling Walsh, tells the story of the life of concert pianist, Joyce Hatto, her relationship with her husband and the controversial recordings that made her famous late in life. Niall picked up his award at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday evening on the 10th anniversary of the awards.

Niall studied Piano and Composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He was awarded first prize at the 1992 Dublin Film Festival’s music competition, chaired by composer Michael Nyman.  Since then he has composed music for feature films and television dramas both in Ireland and abroad.  He also pursues personal music projects and received a Music Bursary in 2012 from the Arts Council to compose ‘The Promenade’, a solo piano album due for release in Spring, 2013.  He has received several IFTA award nominations in the past, including a Best Music in Film nomination for “Parked” starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan in 2010 and Best Music in Film nomination for “Small Engine Repair” in 2007.

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