Marcel Becker-Neu wurde 1990 in Wuppertal geboren. 2013 begann er an der Fachhochschule Dortmund Film und Sound zu studieren. Mit seinem Kollegen Marc Schießer gründete Becker-Neu 2016 die Filmproduktionsfirma Outside the Club, die mit der Serie Wishlist ihren ersten großen Wurf verzeichnen konnte. Bei allen gemeinsamen Filmprojekten komponierte und produzierte Marcel die Musik. Bisherige Erfahren lagen im Bereich Werbung, im Dokumentarfilmbereich, in verschiedensten Serien und im klassischen Film, wobei er sich Genreübergreifend in vielen verschiedenen Richtungen austoben konnte.
Helge Borgarts is a German music composer and producer for film, television and games. He started his career with Blue Byte Software, the developer and publisher of famous games like the Settlers, Battle Isle or Extreme Assault. From 2006 to 2013 he was CEO of phenomedia publishing gmbh, one of Germany’s best-known developers and publishers of computer- and videogames, famous for the brand Moorhuhn. During that time he produced and/or scored more than 25 games for all important gaming platforms.
Since 2013 he works as a freelancing composer, producer and lecturer. Since 2011 Helge is the program manager for games music at the renowned festival and conference for music in film and media Soundtrack_Cologne. He was speaker at events like the Transatlantyk 2013 Poznan International Film and Music Festival or the Austria Film Music Day, is a regular lecturer at German universities and produces video games music concerts, e.g. with the Young Classic Sound Orchestra or the WDR Funkhausorchester.
Working in the media industry for more than 15 years, he was involved in several projects as a composer and producer. He wrote music for films like the Silver Screen Award winning movie Seven from Revanth Korukonda and for television documentaries like Everyday life in space - life on the ISS or The Ghost Hunters. Helge scored trailers for developers and publishers like Crytek, Stratotainment or Higgs Games. He wrote and scored the orchestral soundtrack for the video game Jade Rousseau – The Final Revelations and produced and contributed music to the game Tiger & Chicken, which was awarded as Best Mobile Core Game at the German Developer Awards. He also scored the latest game of that brand Crazy Chicken Strikes Back and provided the music for the games Bring Them Home and Transroad, the latter developed by the award-winning team from Deck13. With his partner Thomas Stanger he founded the brand BowsToHymns which contributed music for companies like Spitfire Audio, Warner/Chappell Music Production, SPM Music Group, Trailer Brigade, Orchestral Tools or Steinberg. Their latest productions was the highly acclaimed game The Surge – The Good, the Bad and the Augmented.
Helge works in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Cologne.
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Since 1991, Milena Fessmann has worked as a full-time DJ (2001-2014 Radio Eins After Work Lounge, Trompete/Berlin, European Film Awards 2015 etc.) and has worked for various radio stations. Since 1997 she works for Radio Eins/RBB and her own weekly show called Free Falling.
In 1989 she founded CINESONG. She is moderator of several national events and panels such as the Cartoon Movie Award/Postdam 2002-2008, Reeperbahn-Festival 2014-18, c/o pop Cologne 2014-2018 and many more. Milena Fessmann teaches music supervising and copyright clearing at film schools such as DFFB Berlin and is advisory board member of the World Soundtrack Academy. She founded a film production company called Sugar Town Filmproduction Gmbh & Co. KG in 2011. The first project is The Potential of Noise - Conny Plank by Stephan Plank and Reto Caduff. She is executive-producer of When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit, directed by award winning director Caroline Link and is co-producer on Evaluation, Girl made of Dust, Director: Hiam Abbass, Prince of swans and a few more.
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Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) lebt und arbeitet in Düsseldorf und zählt zu den profiliertesten Komponisten für zeitgenössische Musik am präparierten Klavier.
Zu seinen letzten Filmkompositionen zählen Soundtracks für Serien wie Patrick Melrose (Edward Berger), Der Name der Rose (Giacomo Battiato) und Dublin Murders (Saul Dibb u.a.) sowie für Spielfilme wie Adrift (Baltasar Kormákur), Was uns nicht umbringt (Sandra Nettelbeck), Gut gegen Nordwind(Vanessa Jopp), Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras) und Summerland (Jessica Swale).
Gemeinsam mit Dustin O’Halloran komponierte er die Musik zu Lion (Garth Davis) und erhielt dafür Nominierungen u.a. für den Golden Globe, den BAFTA Award und den Oscar. 2018 wurde Volker Bertelmann zum Mitglied der Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences berufen.
Carolina Hellsgård wurde in Stockholm geboren. Sie studierte an der Universität der Künste in Berlin und als DAAD-Stipendiatin am California Institute of the Arts. Ihr Debütfilm WANJA hatte seine Weltpremiere auf der Berlinale 2015. WANJA gewann den Preis „Bester Debütfilm“ bei den Biberacher Filmfestspielen und den Preis für das beste Drehbuch beim Valletta Filmfestival, Malta. Hellsgård unterrichtete an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (HBK) und war Stipendiatin in der Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. ENDZEIT ist ihre zweite Spielfilm-Regie. Derzeit arbeitet sie an ihrem dritten Spielfilm SUNBURNED.
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Franziska Henke is an award-winning composer, guitarist and producer from Dresden, Germany. Her latest scores for Endzeit - Ever after (directed by Carolina Hellsgård, 2018) and My extraordinary summer with Tess (directed by Steven Wouterlood, 2019) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival and will be released in cinemas all over the globe.
For the score to her debut feature film Nelly's Adventure (directed by Dominik Wessely, 2016) she received the German Film Music Award as Best Newcomer. In her music Henke combines electronic elements with acoustic sounds and creates special sound worlds for every film. She worked with orchestras like the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the Brandenburg Staatsorchester Frankfurt. Currently she scores Constantin Films' first cinematic documentary The Hidden Life of Trees.
David Thor Jonsson
David Thor Jonsson
Pianist, musician and composer Davíð Þór Jónsson is a wildly versatile and creative artist with a special passion for improvisation. Davíð Þór has performed in a number of ensembles, including jazz trio Flís and AdHd, as well as collaborating with many of Iceland’s foremost musicians and theatre artists, as instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer. Davíð has received numerous awards for his music, including both the Icelandic Music Prize and the Icelandic Theatre Prize as well as international awards for his original soundtracks for Of Horses and Men and Woman at War.
Davíð's performances, improvisation and composition meet effortlessly as a creation of musical ideas and sounds. He is driven by the general passion behind creation of things, in what way they are presented and passed on to people - in music, arts and life in general. His goal in music is to never stop the childlike enthusiasm and constant creativity.
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Vanessa Jopp studierte von 1993 – 1999 Regie an der Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in München. Seitdem drehte sie mehrere preisgekrönte Kinofilme u.a. Vergiss Amerika, Engel und Joe,Komm Näher, Meine schöne Bescherung und Lügen und andere Wahrheiten. 2010 erhielt sie für die Regie bei der Miniserie Klimawechsel den Grimme Preis. Ihr neuester Film Gut gegen Nordwind kommt am 12. September in die Kinos.
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Film composer Oliver Kranz was born 1965 in Kreuztal, Germany. He studied guitar under H.G. Rausch in Munich. His enthusiasm for film music began at the age of 12 with Star Wars. Since 1994 he has been working as a freelance film composer, creating around 60 feature film scores for television and cinema as well as numerous compositions for TV series.
Michael McCann is a BAFTA nominated and CLIO award winning composer for games, television and advertising. His 20 year career in music includes work for some of the biggest companies in entertainment and advertising, including Ubisoft, Ogilvy & Mather, Discovery Channel, Take-Two Interactive, Paramount Pictures and Square Enix. As lead composer, he has scored games such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution / Mankind Divided, XCOM: Enemy Unknown / Enemy Within and Splinter Cell: Double Agent. McCann is currently working on Borderlands 3, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best-selling franchises in gaming.
Liverpool born John Murphy began scoring movies at the age of 25. In 2001, following the success of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, he moved to Los Angeles.
Since then he has worked with some of the industry's most respected and luminary filmmakers, including Danny Boyle, Guy Ritchie, Stephen Frears, Matthew Vaughn and Michael Mann, producing film scores as prominent and diverse as Sunshine, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Miami Vice, Snatch, Kick-Ass, and the seminal 28 Days Later.
His movie trailers include Captain America: Winter Soldier, Gravity, X-Men: Origins, Cloverfield, War of the Worlds, Cowboys and Aliens, Blindness, Ex Machina, Southpaw, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Avatar.
His music has been featured in advertising campaigns for Nike, Audi, Microsoft, Louis Vuitton, Samsung, Google, and Apple. After Kick-Ass Murphy set up the record label Taped Noise and began work on several non-movie projects. His latest project, BBC’s Les Miserables, premiered in the US on April 14 on PBS.
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Wilbert Roget II
Wilbert Roget II
Wilbert Roget, II is a veteran composer in the video game industry. He has scored several diverse titles, including Call of Duty: WWII, Mortal Kombat 11, Anew: The Distant Light, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. His scores have earned him several awards and nominations from the Game Audio Network Guild, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (D.I.C.E. Awards), and others.
Roget also co-founded Impact Soundworks, a successful music software company, and is an accomplished lecturer on game music, giving talks at the Game Developers Conference, SF Conservatory of Music, Yale University and other institutions.
Inspired at an early age by classic Japanese game soundtracks, Roget specializes in writing music that employs memorable themes, balancing modern production with classic construction. He studied music at Yale University, and performs on flute, guitar and keyboards on many of his scores.
Jeff Rona is an accomplished and award-winning contemporary composer for film, TV, and video games.
After working with several legendary record producers he focused his efforts on film music, most notably collaborating with Philip Glass, Mark Isham, Lisa Gerrard, Basil Poledouris, and longstanding musical relationships with composers Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez. Rona has scored dozens of film and television projects and written music for multiple AAA video games including the epic God of War 3, Far Cry 4, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Transformers, Resident Evil 2, Crossfire, and Devil May Cry 5.
He is a three-time recipient of the ASCAPFilm and Television Music Award and has authored several successful books on music.
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Marc Schießer wurde 1986 in Wuppertal geboren und drehte bereits im Alter von 13 Jahren eigene Kurzfilme. Nach dem Abitur arbeitete er als Produzent und Kameramann von Fashion Filmen sowie als medienpädagogischer Leiter beim renommierten Medienprojekt Wuppertal. Von 2014 bis 2016 betrieb er zusammen mit Marcel Becker-Neu den Fiction-YouTube-Kanal "vivi&denny". Seit 2016 ist er Geschäftsführer der Outside the Club GmbH und Autor, Regisseur und Produzent der Mystery Serie Wishlist.
Jack Wall is an ASCAP award-winning and BAFTA nominated composer best known for his rich, cinematic scores found within popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, III, & 4, Mass Effect I & II, the Myst series, Jade Empire and several other franchises winning multiple awards for his work. Most recently Wall scored the supernatural drama television series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments airing on Disney’s Freeform TV as well as the latest record-breaking entry in the blockbuster Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. He has also written additional music score for numerous other TV series including the fantasy drama series Reign on the CW and Emerald City on NBC as well as scoring the hi-octane action film Hard Target 2 available on Netflix.
Wall is celebrated among a Hollywood elite of composers invited to score the world’s biggest interactive entertainment property, Call of Duty. For Black Ops II he crafted an adrenaline-fueled, deeply emotional and adventurous musical palette that took the blockbuster series in new sonic directions. Black Ops II received the Best Video Game Score Award at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Reuniting with Treyarch Studios and Activision for Black Ops III, his follow-up score displays the hallmarks of an epic, sophisticated narrative, combining futuristic hybrid sounds, homages to classic WWII orchestral music and even big band and swing numbers created specifically for the popular Zombies campaign. Featuring highlight solo performances from contemporary jazz vocalist Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett, Black Ops III was nominated GameTrailers’ Soundtrack of the Year. Wall’s unique approach for Black Ops 4 once again breaks from traditional video game scores with an array of brand new swinging jazz numbers, an ethereal new arrangement of the fan-favorite Zombies mode song, Where Are We Going? (featuring a children’s choir with the Los Angeles Singers and Malukah), as well as an original cinematic score including the heroic orchestral anthem Alister's Theme, described by Forbes as “One of the series’ best yet.”
Collaborating with the world’s leading game studios, Wall is widely recognized for composing some of the most iconic scores for the medium. Wall created the distinctive musical signature for BioWare’s sci-fi epic Mass Effect, combining ’80s electronica, synthetic instrumentation and futuristic atmospheres. The soundtrack won numerous accolades, while achieving cult status with fans. Wall received British Academy (BAFTA) and Spike TV nominations for his work on Mass Effect 2.
Composing for and conducting a full symphony orchestra and master chorale, Wall first garnered attention with his dramatic score for Ubisoft’s Myst III: Exile, receiving universal critical acclaim including several Soundtrack of the Year honors. For the climactic sequel, Myst IV: Revelation, Wall was awarded Music of the Year at the Game Developers Conference.
With Jade Empire, Wall crafted a Chinese and Asian instrumental palette incorporating an “East meets West” approach. Working with authentic Pan-Asian instruments Wall crafted an exotic, percussion-driven score to enhance the mythological Chinese setting. The score was voted Best Original Soundtrack Album by the Game Audio Network Guild.
In addition to his composing achievements, Wall served as Music Director and co-producer for composer/librettist Cindy Shapiro’s PSYCHE: A Modern Rock Opera, an innovative modern retelling of the ancient Greek. He also co-created Video Games Live and served as its Music Director/Conductor from 2005 through 2010 performing with more than fifty of the world’s finest orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and London Philharmonia Orchestra.
Wall was co-founder of the Game Audio Network Guild and is a frequent speaker/instructor at various educational institutions such as Columbia College, USC, UCLA, Expressions Center for New Media, The Los Angeles Recording School and Berklee College in Boston.
Continuing to raise the bar for emotional, performance-driven scores at the highest level, Wall’s repertoire encompasses a diverse range of musical styles and influences: from ethereal ambience, choral crescendos and heavy tribal orchestra to traditional Asian, Middle-Eastern, Eastern European instrumentation, futuristic electronic soundscapes and big band jazz recorded with the world’s top musicians.
Amelia Warner is a young British neo-classical composer. In 2016, she scored her first feature length film – Mum’s List – and in 2018 completed her second for the film Mary Shelley, which was nominated for Discovery Of The Year at the World Soundtrack Awards. In 2019, Amelia was the winner of the Breakthrough Composer Of The Year at the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards.
Well-known for her acclaimed work in the indie genre where she composed, collaborated and performed as Slow Moving Millie, one of her works for piano and strings from this period received much media attention after it was used in an advert by Orange and another was chosen in 2011 for the big seasonal moment in the John Lewis Christmas advert.
Amelia's first major project was scoring British short film Mam, which won several awards on the film festival circuit. In 2018 she composed the music for anther British short - Leading Lady Parts which premiered on BBC Four.
Working with an old midi keyboard, Warner came to Universal a new EP titled Arms, produced by Fyfe Dangerfield. These five poignant, textured pieces for grand piano took Warner to No. 1 in the iTunes classical music charts. Following Arms came her second EP Visitors, which featured 7 songs each based off of a fictional female character and gave her another No. 1 on iTunes.
Born in Merseyside in 1982, the only child of actors Alun Lewis and Anita Ekblom, Amelia Warner first made a name for herself as an actor. She starred in the 2001 BBC production of R.D. Blackmore’s Lorna Doone, and soon established herself as a performer of quiet insight in films such as Philip Kaufman’s Quills, Adam Rap’s Winter Passing and Stephen Wooley’s Brian Jones biography, Stoned. On the set, in down time, Warner would compose music and write songs, a passion that had been there since childhood.