Tag Archives: Orchestral Short Film

“L’Odyssée de Cartier”: A Cinematic Fashion Short Film Directed By Bruno Aveillan (2012)

‘L’Odyssée de Cartier’ is a cinematic creative short film featuring cutting edge visual effects,  exploring the fine jeweller’s archives and back-story in a bid to showcase the brand to both existing customers, emerging markets and a new generation.

Directed by:  Bruno Aveillan

Original score by:  Pierre Adenot

Article on the making of the short film: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/belinda-white/TMG9123145/Cartier-debut-short-film-LOdyssee-de-Cartier-to-celebrate-their-rich-history.html

Website:  http://www.odyssee.cartier.us/#/bonus

“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.

Websites:   http://sethtsui.com




“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.


“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

“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.”

Website:  http://www.jonsandersen.com/#/hjem