Judgement Tavern

2015 - Fantasy/Thriller – Short – Composer

A high production value dark fantasy short film. We wanted to create a scary, tense and fantastical score without moving into the current cliches of 'epic music' so I a I took an exploratory approach, combining stunning performances from members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Tudor Consort with such left field sounds as the Japanese koto and bowing the springs from my attic-staircase.

Jing ling Master

2014 - Animation/Action – Short - Composer & Sound Designer

A wild 3D animated pitch short for an upcoming children's action feature which I scored and sound designed. The score blends traditional elements of Chinese Opera with the western orchestra for a fun-filled martial arts extravaganza

End of term

2015 - Horror/Thriller - Web series - Composer & Sound Designer

A web series about a group of high school teenagers trapped in the middle of an apocalyptic viral outbreak. Over the course of the series the score sickens and mutates from familiar high energy action music to darkly unsettling industrial. My composition and sound design work on the series was recognised at the 2016 LA Webfest where it was awarded both "Best Original Score: Drama" and "Best Sound Design: Drama"

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me As Her Young Lover

2016 - Comedy/Drama – Composer & Sound Designer

A ludicrous 40min film about a young man determined to woo Hillary Clinton who is stopped at the USA border. The music is an unusual mixture of sweeping Disney-esque orchestra and low fi retro organs, written to tell the tale from the somewhat deranged perspective of the lead character

REM

2016 - Composer & Sound Designer

A short thriller with a dark twist about a homeless man who sees future disasters in his dreams. The score is a minimalist electronic bed of rising and falling distortion and sub frequencies which heighten the film’s visceral impact. REM won Best Sound Design at the LA Independent Film Festival Awards August 2016

UTU PIHIKETE

2014 - Period Drama – Short – Composer

A 15min period drama short about early NZ settlers. The score is simple and melodically driven featuring piano quintet with a smattering of Taonga Puoro

Broken Glass

2012 - Broken Glass - Fantasy/Drama - Short - Composer

A fantastical short film about a child from a broken home who finds protection in a magical ally. The score’s epic/wondrous orchestral flavour was created on a tight budget by blending recordings of soloists with sampled elements

Actually alex

2014 Drama – Short – Composer

An emotionally honest trans-gender short about a troubled reunion. The indie rock score swings easily between tenderness and raw angst.

ALong Beside

2014 - Drama - Short - Composer & Sound Designer

A short film about the fleeting reunion and strained relationship of a brother and sister. The score has an indie electronica/ambient flavour, evoking the emptiness of a 20something's struggling to find direction in life. 

THE KNIGHT TRAIN

2014 - Drama - Short - Composer

A charmingly dialogue-free short about a girl and an old man who connect over the game of chess. The orchestral score guides the story of the relationship in the style of a silent film.

Sound Sleep

2015 -  Drama - Short film - Composer

A surreal short with an emotional gut punch ending, created as part of the annual 48hours filmmaking competition. The score was awarded the National Best Score prize for 2015, as well as the film receiving a coveted Peter Jackson Wildcard award.

The Sleeping plot

2013 - Black Comedy - Short - Composer

This 48hours short won the Grand National Prize for 2013, and featured a cheeky score with equal mixes of innocent and creepy. The film has gone on to feature at Fantastic Fest and is currently being incorporated into an American anthology of dark short films

Shemeat

2015 - Animation - Short - Sound Designer, Score Mixer

A darkly comic animated short about a world-wide meat crisis, and a scientist who finds an unexpected solution. The sound design brims with squelching and gore as experiments are carried out and the ‘Shmeat’ grows.

How to meet Girls from a Distance

2012 - Black Comedy - Feature - Composer & Sound Designer (with Richard Falkner)

This ‘Stalker rom-com’ was the winner of the 2012 Make My Movie competition. In collaboration with Richard Falkner I wrote a genre-hopping score, which blended elements of noir and indie rock to tell the underdog's secret agent story.

Interactive & Theatrical

 

Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War

September 2014 – April 2015

An immersive and innovative exhibition artistically directed by New Zealand's renowned Weta Workshops. For the exhibition I created an hour long cinematic score and sound design written to open out the emotional worlds of diary entries from selected characters of the era.

Recorded by the magnificent New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the score and sound make up a 100+ channel journey of interlocking pieces that visitors to the exhibition move through at their own pace.

 

Still

2015 - Interactive - Composer & Sound Designer

STILL is an interactive digital memorial commissioned as part of the commemorations for the centenary of WW1. The work connects three international locations with an evolving meditative experience. 

The generative music-scape develops infinitely and reacts to user motions, immersing them in the experience of the artwork.

 

2016 The Devil’s Half-Acre

2016 - Theatre - Composer & Sound Designer

A 90min play about the turn of the century slums of Dunedin and a dark presence. The score has a rough around the edges angular folk feeling, incorporating world elements that reflect the cultural melting pot that Dunedin was at the time.

 

WATCH

2014 - Composer & Sound Designer

A thriller play about government surveillance and dark conspiracies. The score has an experimental electronic ‘resampled’ feel, evoking the scratchy recordings and digital artefacts of surveillance technology

 

The Squickerwonkers

2014 - Audio Book - Composer & Sound Designer

This spooky children’s tale from author and actress Evangaline Lilly features a lopsided jaunty score, and creepy creaky sound design (including a lively voice performance from actor Sylvester McCoy).

 

Constellations

2014 - Composer & Sound Designer

A play about love, string theory and euthanasia that explores an infinity of possible realities for one couple’s relationship. The score swings from the cosmic to the more contained and human, with beautiful but unadorned string quartet and solo violin performances

 

Pasefika

2014 - Composer & Sound Designer

This play featured in the 2014 New Zealand International Arts Festival. The score and soundscape create a surreal merging of Maori, French and European cultures, nightmarish and euphoric visions.

 

The Bookbinder

2014 - Ongoing - Composer

This charming one-man fantasy theatre piece has received multiple five star reviews and featured spots at international festivals. The score and sound design begin by emanating from an old gramophone on set, but progress to envelop the audience in a warm symphonic sound.

 

Broken River

2013 - Composer & Sound Designer

A magic realist play set in the 'wild west' of modern day Otago New Zealand. The score blends the country vibe of banjos and harmonicas with unexpected surrealist elements

 

Pandemic

2013 - Composer & Sound Designer

A promenade theatre piece in which the audience take multiple paths through interactive scenes that occur during the horrific 1918 NZ influenza pandemic. The sound design performs an immersive realistic role, while the score is used to shift gears into moments of reflective montage

 

Joseph K

2013 - Composer & Sound Designer

A darkly humorous play based on Kafka's 'The Trial'. The score features an unnerving collection of custom programmed virtual instruments, many birthed from the human voice, evoking the paranoia of a man being strangled by an oppressive society but remaining oddly playful

 

The Road that wasn't there

2013 - Ongoing - Composer & Sound Designer

A dark magical play for children that has enjoyed international touring since 2012. The score weaves in and out of the narration and puppetry creating a seamless storytelling experience

 

Gizza Hoon

2013 - Composer & Sound Designer

An over the top dance show featuring an original album of deeply satirical top 40-inspired pop tracks.

 

Project Born

2012 - Composer & Sound Designer

An extravaganza stage show directed by Weta Workshops as a charity initiative to raise funds for the New Zealand Neo Natal Trust. I gladly donated my services composing a range of high intensity tracks, ranging from catwalk inspired house music to stomping bayou blues.

 

Commercial

 

Kellogs All Bran ‘Trust Your Gut’

2015 - TVC - Composer

Gallipoli The Scale of Our War

2015 - TVC - Composer & Sound Designer

 

UNICEF ALL BLACKS

2015 - TVC - Composer & Sound Designer

ALLTRACKS

2015 - TVC - Composer

 

Weta Workshops Pukeahu War Memorial Pitch

2015 - Composer & Sound Designer


THE WELLINGTON WAY

February 2015 – February 2015