The MUSIC IN FILM Panel brings insights from three very dynamic music composers with eclectic and diverse backgrounds, and working with truly a mix of emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. The panelists, including composers Harry Gregson-Williams (MR PIP, SHREK, CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, PROMETHEUS), Cliff Martinez (DRIVE and GREY’S ANATOMY), and acclaimed singer, songwriter, composer Gingger Shankar (PASSION OF THE CHRIST, MONSOON SHOOTOUT), will discuss their film and music inspirations, how they approach each new film project and how to fully realize a director’s vision through the abstract and delicate balance of music composition.
HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS is one of Hollywood’s most sought after composers, whose scores span the spectrum of high-profile projects from action to drama to animation – each infused with the emotional punch and atmospheric intensity that mark his distinctive musical style. He worked on all four installments of the blockbuster SHREK franchise; garnered a BAFTA nomination for the score for the first SHREK; and received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score to Andrew Adamson’s THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. He has just completed work on Adamson’s MR PIP starring Hugh Laurie. His other recent work includes TOTAL RECALL tarring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, music for Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS, the animated film from Aardman, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, and the action thriller COWBOYS & ALIENS directed by Jon Favreau as well as the unique documentary LIFE IN A DAY. Gregson-Williams is currently working on THE EQUALIZER starring Denzel Washington for Sony.
Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams earned a music scholarship to St. John’s College, Cambridge at the age of 7 and from there he moved to Stowe School as their top music scholar & subsequently gained a coveted spot at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He started his film career as assistant to composer Richard Harvey and later as orchestrator and arranger for Stanley Myers, and then went on to compose his first scores for director Nicolas Roeg. He has also been a regular and valued mentor at the Sundance Composers Lab working directly with talented emerging composers from all over the world. Gregson-Williams has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1995.
Cliff Martinez, has had stints as drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus frontman Jim Thirlwell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dickies, in addition to the final incarnation of legendary iconoclasts Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Caught up in the buzz surrounding the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the early years of the 1980’s, Martinez played drums on their first two albums. Martinez’s entrée into music for film happened somewhat inadvertently, when a tape collage he had constructed led to an opportunity to score an episode of comedian Paul Reuben’s transgressive mid-‘80s TV hit, "Pee-Wee’s Playhouse". The sound collage, in turn, was heard by Steven Soderbergh. Nascent director Soderbergh tapped budding composer Martinez to provide the music for the former’s first theatrical release, SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE.
Martinez has since received compositional credit on many of Steven Soderbergh’s films. The hammered dulcimer that wends throughout KAFKA, the seasick piano that portends a violent conclusion for THE LIMEY, the amalgam of steel drums and ambient textures drifting in deep space during SOLARIS; all these were conjured in Cliff’s studio, as were other Soderbergh scores such as SCHIZOPOLIS and TRAFFIC, the latter winning four Oscars and earning a Grammy nomination for its music. In addition, Cliff’s ability to balance themes both idiosyncratic and heartrending has imbued critical favorites such as director Allan Moyle’s PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990), WICKER PARK (directed by Paul McGuigan in 2004) and James Cox’s 2003 feature WONDERLAND. He recently collaborated with director Nicholas Winding Refn on his latest projects, DRIVE and ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Abetted by curiosity for all that is new and otherworldly, Martinez continues to push the boundaries of what might be considered ‘fantastic’ in film scoring.
Gingger Shankar is an extraordinarily gifted singer, virtuoso violinist, composer, model and songwriter, and was born into one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential musical families. Her accomplishments include working with top producers and film composers including Mel Gibson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers, and James Newton Howard. In addition to her film projects, she has also has lent her voice and violin to several diverse projects ranging from soundtracks to pop and electronic hip-hop. An accomplished artist and performer, Gingger is the only female in the world that has mastered the 10- string Double Violin.
In 2011 she was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces to Watch’, as well as becoming a member of the Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival along with Mark Ruffalo, Lake Bell, Rashida Jones and others. Gingger composed music for the critically acclaimed 2011 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Winner CIRCUMSTANCE directed by Maryam Keshavarz. In addition to being the artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson’s blockbuster PASSION OF THE CHRIST, Gingger’s music can be heard in Mike Nichol’s film, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR. Her film MONSOON SHOOTOUT premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She most recently guested on the new Katy Perry single 'Prism' due out later this year. She is currently working on her new record.