Discussion German Composers in Hollywood

Tue, 06/14/2016

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

5750 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hollywood Talks Shop

Reception following the Panel discussion

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Hollywood Talks Shop returns to the Goethe-Institut for it's beloved “Show and Tell" format, where industry insiders share their thoughts on Hollywood and provide an entertaining and informative look behind the scenes.  A central component to any film, television, or video game production is the project’s musical score.  Moderated by ASCAP’s Associate Director, Rachel Perkins, three prolific German composers; Reinhold Heil (Deutschland 83, Cloud Atlas), Matthias Weber (The Dark Valley, Expedition Bismarck) and Boris Salchow (Sunset Overdrive, Resistance 2+3) present examples of their work, and discuss their experiences as Europeans working in Hollywood, as well as the challenges associated with scoring for Film, Television and Video Games in the US and in Europe.   

This panel is one of several events presented in the months leading up to the annual German Currents Film Festival. From October 20-23rd, 2016, German Currents will celebrate the 10th Annual edition of this much loved showcase of recent German cinema at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
 
Reinhold Heil established himself in the flourishing Berlin music by the age of 21. Following his career as keyboardist, co-producer, and co-writer of the legendary German punk band The Nina Hagen Band, and later Spliff, Heil produced for German pop star Nena.  Heil’s score for German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run marked the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration between composer and filmmaker including the scores for Tykwer’s The Princess and the Warrior, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The International, Paris, Je t’aime, Three, and Cloud Atlas, which received a Golden Globe nomination for best score.  Heil’s unique approach to scoring (from entirely electronic to lushly orchestral) extends to his work for television series such as Deadwood for HBO, Deutschland 83 for Sundance TV, and Helix for Syfy.
 
Matthias Weber has scored projects from episodic television (Baywatch, The Sopranos, The Shield, and the pilot for The Good Wife) to multi-award winning films in both the US, and Europe. He was the programmer and arranger for the Hollywood films Pearl Harbor, and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, and has scored for a variety of Austrian director Andreas Prochaska’s projects, including Traces of Evil, A Day for a Miracle and The Dark Valley.
Weber received an Emmy Award for Expedition Bismarck and both a German Academy Award (Lola) and an Austrian Film Award for his work on The Dark Valley. He shares his time between Los Angeles and Europe and is currently working on the international mini-series Maximilian.
 
Boris Salchow Is classically trained, but is equally at home in the electronic music world. His artistic range and versatility encompasses live orchestra, hybrid acoustic and electronic music, and immersive musical sound design. Salchow has created cinematic music scores and unique soundscapes for international brands such as Adidas, Audi, Lamborghini, and Mercedes, scored for award-winning documentaries Germany from Above/Deutschland von Oben, and following his move to Los Angeles in 2005, for the video game industry SUNSET OVERDRIVE, FUSE, Resistance 2 and 3, Ratchet & Clank, as well as feature and TV films and the dramatic series BALKO, Wolff’s Turf, and 80 minutes. Salchow continues writing for film, TV and commercials on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Rachel Perkins began at ASCAP in the New York membership office as the Creative Coordinator for the Rock/Pop, Musical Theatre and Film/TV teams supporting all industry showcases and songwriter/composer workshops, as well as spearheading the Composer Spotlight research for Sundance Film Festival.   Since 2013, she is the Associate Director in the Los Angeles Membership office, where her projects include the Sundance Composer Spotlight at Sundance, Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop, NYU Film Scoring Workshop and America SCORES Songwriter Residency. She represents ASCAP at panels and speaking engagements at USC, UCLA, Berklee College, NYU, Columbia University and the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO.  

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