Conversations in Film: Storytelling in Music
Clay Pit | Sunday, February 23 | 2:00 pm
A good soundtrack is key for setting the tone of your film and guiding the audience through your story. So what is the process for finding the right sound and how can music be used as a storytelling tool? In this panel, composers and music supervisors will discuss their roles in the film world and their process for telling a story through music.
Meet the Panelists:
Adrian Croom – Composer
After achieving success as a composer with credits ranging from the From Dusk Till Dawn TV show to ESPN and UFC, Croom set out to make an album, Belladonna, showcasing his skills as a producer with a taste for darkwave and minimalist electro. Featuring the vocal talents of an international roster of artists. He is also composing the score for The Initiation, starring American Horror Story’s Naomi Grossman.
Check out Adrian at www.croombeats.com
Brian Satterwhite – Composer
Brian Satterwhite is a professional film composer based in Austin, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Music with dual majors in Film Scoring and Composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Brian’s music has been featured in over one hundred and sixty short and feature films including The Next Kill (2018), The Lone Ranger (2013), Sushi: The Global Catch (2012), Switch (2012), Man On A Mission (2012), Artois The Goat (2009), Quarter to Noon (2008), The Children’s War (2008), Cowboy Smoke (2008), Mr. Hell (2006), and the award-winning IMAX™ film Ride Around The World (2006). Brian’s many accolades include twelve gold medals and four silver medals from the Park City Film Music Festival.
Brian has composed a handful of scores for silent films performed by the Dallas Chamber Symphony including Metropolis (1927), The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari (1920), the Buster Keaton short film The Scarecrow (1920), and the Harold Lloyd feature A Sailor-Made Man (1921) which was a finalist for a Jerry Goldsmith Award in 2013. Brian also served as an orchestrator under composer Douglas Pipes for the Universal Studios motion picture Krampus (2015) directed by Michael Dougherty.
In addition to composing, Brian is a highly regarded film music journalist who writes for several popular web sites and pens soundtrack album linter notes for several major labels. He is currently writing a book on The Music of Friday the 13th scheduled for publication in late 2020.
Hanan Townshend – Composer
Hanan Townshend is New Zealand born film composer living in Austin, Texas. He has composed music for numerous feature films, docs, commercials and tv shows, including frequent collaborations with Palme d’Or winning director Terrence Malick and three time Oscar-winning DP/director Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki. He has scored international TV spots for clients such as Apple, Nike, Volvo & Guinness.
Townshend pulls very deeply from his upbringing in rural New Zealand living up on the ocean – his music is a reflection of the poetic soundscapes of his home country, the eager patterns of popular music, and the refinement of his background in avant-garde composition. Townshend has a penchant for approaching film music from a less conventional perspective and producing emotional work that leaves the listener feeling something deeply.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.