Category Archives: Orchestral

“Nuit Blanche”: Cinematic Creative Short Film Produced And Directed By Arev Manoukian (2009)

A cinematic creative short film featuring spectacular visual effects that centers on a passing encounter by two people who share a charged moment. The B&W short faithfully reproduces a 50′s noir film effect that’s gorgeous in its own right before hyper-reality sets in.

Filmed and Directed by: Arev Manoukian

Produced by: Stephanie Swedlove & Arev Manoukian
VFX by: Marc-Andre Gray
Music by: Samuel Bisson
Starring: Michael Coughlan & Megan Lindley
Cinematographer: Arev Manoukian
Casting: Jeff Marshall
Assistant Director: Andrew Cividino
Production Designer: Arev Manoukian & Marc-Andre Gray
Art Director / Costumes – Dan Levy
Camera Operator: Jay Pavao
Camera Assistant: Max Armstrong
Gaffer: Alan Poon
Editor: Arev Manoukian
Compositor / Animator: Marc-Andre Gray
Effects Supervisors: Marc-Andre Gray & Arev Manoukian
Additional Compositing: Arev Manoukian
Matte Painter: Pat Lau
Colourist: Andre Chlebak

“Tashlich”: Cinematic Narrated Short Film Inspired By Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” Produced By Gregory Wilson (2013)

“Tashlich”  is a cinematic narrated short film created for the 7th Annual Emerging Pro Contest. Directed by Brendan Bellomo and photographed by cinematographer Gregory Wilson with the RED Epic provided by RED Digital Cinema.

Directed by:  Brendan Bellomo

Filmed and Produced by:  Gregory Wilson

Tashlich cinematic narrated short film 2013

Written and Co-Produced by:  Sara Rose Feinberg

Music:  Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, for Cello by Max Bruch (1881)

Performed by:  Davis High School Symphony

The film follows a man’s attempt to rid himself of the deep remorse that plagues him by borrowing from the Jewish ritual of Tashlich. Written by Sara Rose Feinberg and shot on location in Newport, Rhode Island over two days, the film was inspired by Max Bruch’s composition for cello, Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 from 1881. The recording heard in the film was performed by the Davis High School Symphony Orchestra.


“Virtus Vitae”: Cinematic Animated Short Film By Laszlo L. Ujvari With Original Award-Winning Score By Seth Tsui (2013)

This is a story about an impossible miracle after World War III, in the year 2030. A piano transforms into a robot and, as his final opus, sings an operatic love song to bring life back to the deserted world.

Seth Tsui re-scored the animated film for the 2013 CINE Film Scoring competition, winning First Prize.

Film Directed by:   Laszlo L. Ujvari

Original Musical Score by:  Seth Tsui 

Animation by: Albert Kim, Chris Rodriguez, Laszlo L. Ujvari

Soprano voice soloist:  Nichole Dechaine

Italian lyrics, with English translation, for the aria in the film:

Se il pianoforte vive
Mi sveglierò dal mio sonno
e canteremo insieme
tra rovine di questo luogo

If the piano lives
I will wake from my sleep
and we will sing together
in the ruins of this place

Composer’s description of music:

“All the brass are real, played by Seth (tenor, alto and bass trombone played and manipulated in creative ways for a full brass section sound). Most of the violins are real, played by Seth (layered 11 to 33 times for a full section sound).
The rest of the instruments were created with EastWest Complete Composer’s Collection (the piano is sampled from an exceptional Bösendorfer concert grand). Synths and additional Foley created in Reason, Absynth, and Xpand.




“Discover Your Passion”: Cinematic Short Film From Romania Directed By Tudor Cioroiu (2014)

“Discover your passion” is a short film about finding your true hobby, finding your inner self and at the same time is a film about losing yourself in what you love most.

Filmed and Directed by:  Tudor Cioroiu

Written by:  Sorin David
Music by:   Bogdan Dumitru

Actor:  Sorin David
Painting by:  Sorin David

Filmed in Bucharest, Romania.



“Unity”: Animated Choral Music Short Film Of Christopher Bono Composition Directed By Tobias Stretch (2014)

Video artist Tobias Stretch (Radiohead, Deftones) has created a new 5-minute animated puppetry, stop- action film inspired by composer Christopher Bono’s choral work, Unity. This extraordinary video was constructed from over ten thousand pictures and created largely outdoors over the long 2013-2014 winter.

Written and Directed by:   Tobias Stretch
Music By:   Christopher Bono
Performed by:   The New York Virtuoso Singers
Conducted by:   Harold Rosenbaum

Text from Plato’s ‘Republic’:

“What is absolute unity?
This is the way, In which the study of One
has the power of drawing and converting the Mind
to the contemplation of True Being.”

A recording of Unity paired with Bono’s The Unexcelled Mantra, performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers led by Harold Rosenbaum, was released as a digital download and on 7″ vinyl in October 2013, on Our Silent Canvas distributed digitally by Naxos.

Christopher Bono describes Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra as contemplating the search for a modern form of spirituality. He says, “Both works explore a path to transcendence or ‘true being’ through union with the cosmos — The Unexcelled Mantra from a Mahayana Buddhist point of view and Unity from the Western philosophical tradition of Plato.”

Unity is based on some of the musical and philosophical concepts of Plato’s Republic. The chosen text was taken from a section of the Republic in which Plato discusses the power of mathematics, but Bono immediately saw it could also be viewed as a metaphor for the phenomenon of meditation: “What is absolute unity? / This is the way, / In which the study of One / has the power / of drawing and converting the Mind / to the contemplation / of True Being.”

Bono says, “This multi-dimensional observation was a key inspiration for me when writing the work, both considering the mathematical qualities of music and the esoteric concepts of achieving union with the All.” In addition, Bono experimented with the power Plato claimed existed in the Dorian and Phrygian modes. According to Plato, the Dorian would “fittingly imitate the utterances and accents of a brave man who is engaged in warfare,” while the Phrygian was suitable “for a man engaged in works of peace.”

Of his video for Unity, Tobias Stretch says, “Unity is about the pursuit of oneness and absolute being. The biggest challenge was how to illustrate those intense abstract ideas through animation. A dream-like world unfolds where surreal beings drift towards a point of convergence, a street character is aided by otherworldly characters (perhaps real or not) towards a point of absolute oneness. Unity is about the transcendence of being to another level.”

Visual artist DZO Olivier created the original illustrations for the cover art for Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra audio recordings, intimately influenced by Bono’s music and the concepts it explores.

“Winter in Trondheim 2014”: Cinematic Time-Lapse Promotional Short Film Directed By Grim Berge (Natural Light)

Natural Light presentation of Trondheim, Norway.
All footage from December 2013 and January 2014.

Directed by:   Grim Berge

Produced by:   Fram Film | Natural Light

Music by:   Tom Bergersen, Extreme Music Ltd. (“Breathe”)

Founded in the year 997 by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason, the city of Trondheim is more than one thousand years old. The majestic Nidarosdomen Cathedral, makes Trondheim Norway’s foremost pilgrimage site.

Trondheim has the longest continuous wooden houses in Scandinavia.

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“Blood & Oil”: Cinematic Short Film Narrated By J. Buck Ford Directed By Cale Glendening (2014)

“Blood & Oil” is a Creative Short Film that speaks to all avenues of passionate endeavors and the common thread of desire, determination and relentless pursuit it takes to see them through.

Produced, Edited and Directed By:  Cale Glendening

Prose Writer : Chloé Mclennan

Music  Composed and Performed By:  JT Daly & The Blood Orchestra ( “The Blackest Bird”)

The Blood Orchestra Is : Avery Bright, Zach Casebolt,
Katelyn Westergard : Violins
Emily Kohavi : Viola
Austin Hoke & Emily Nelson : Cello and members of RAM

Narrator : Jeffrey Buckner Ford

“The last of the embers cool in the waking dawn
as the silence echoes through the empty roads
and the beat of heavy hearts stir the morning air
The wasteland smiles, a grin tired and stretched too thin

Built on rotting soil the city starts to crack, the foundations perish and crumble
Trapped and left wanting, the weary stay hidden behind heavy doors and rusted locks
The undeserving cling to chances untaken
There is no escape

The darkness starts to build
I welcome the storm with my fists clenched, the aching seething from my bones
I cannot show you. I cannot take you with me
The course is already written
Moving in harmony, tracers strangle out the light
The consumption of every movement greedy and unsatisfied
From the wreckage the oil runs
Turning the blood of the fallen thick and black

Quiet is the pulse of the driven
Freedom is not levity, but the untold fight of the knowing
A force understood only by those who possess it
Dare to look up
Dare to breathe

To trust the hopeful and stack your spine

No need to call to the willing, they are already at your side
No need to call them brothers, they already share your fire
The crushing allure of pure acceleration
Chase it down
Chase it down”


“Vanaka – Silver Girl”: Cinematic Music Short Film Produced By J.R. Richards & Directed By Min Reid (2013)

Silver Girl was all shot on location in the Highlands, Scotland, UK.

Song Written By:  Stacey Fergusson (ASCAP) & J.R. Richards (ASCAP)


Silver Girl Scotland
PRODUCER: J.R. Richards

Don Fergusson – Founder. Vocals. Bass
Stacey Fergusson – Founder. Vocals. Song Writer
Jon Payne – Founder. Vocals. Guitar

Silver Girl

Featuring On “Silver Girl”:
Hollye Jacobs – Cameo Appearance
Oriana Sanders – Lead Vocals
Eric Iverson – Drums

Oriana Sanders


Hollye Silver Pen Blog

“Evermore”: Creative Animation Short Film By Philip Hofmänner With Original Score By Michael Künstle (2012)

Written and Directed by:  Philip Hofmänner (2011)

Original Winning Music Score by:  Michael Künstle (2012)

145 composers from 27 countries submitted a film score to the 6-minute Swiss animation short “Evermore” by Philip Hofmänner. A panel of four experts nominated five finalists, whose compositions have been world-premiered on September 27th by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the baton of David Zinman.

The jury chose the 21-year-old Swiss Michael Künstle as the winner of the competition, he has been awarded a ZFF Golden Eye endowed with a prize money of CHF 10,000.

“Autumn Leaves”: Creative Orchestral Short Film By Jon Sandersen (2014)

Filmed and Composed By:  Jon Sandersen

Most of this video was shot during the fall in Larvik, Norway. Some scenes were shot in Bamble and the Steinway Grand Piano was recorded at Ibsenhuset, Skien.

“I started working on this piece of music several years ago, but it was first when I started filming that I knew what the final orchestration should sound like.”