A lot of independent composers face highly frustrating problems when trying to make a mark in the film or TV industry.
Personally I went freelance as a composer in 2007 after 6 years working as a composer’s assistant. This forced me to get my music to a professional level really fast but also become business savvy and understand communication, marketing and my rights as a composer. Two years later, with a lot of hard work, my main income was through composing music. To date I am grateful to have scored 27 feature films (12 of them with full live orchestra), 6 TV docs and series, around 25 commercial spots, 10 movie trailers, many short films and hundreds of placements from production music work. A few awards with them as well. I’ve learned (and of course still learning) the highs and lows, the pitfalls, and the right way to make filmmakers trust you and your music in order to keep coming back.
I feel there are big question marks from a lot of colleagues on how to build or even re-build their careers, particularly during a period of many films with little or no budget for music. I am also concerned as new composers come up with extreme and sometimes desperate ways to establish relationships with filmmakers. At the same time older generation composers are becoming frustrated because of the decline of budgets and both these circumstances subliminally de-value our reputation, especially in the independent film market. Just go to craigslist and see the ratio of composers advertising their services VS filmmakers looking for a composer.
Of course there isn’t a magic recipe for success. Each composer has a different composing style, geographical location and goals. I am providing occasional one on one consultancy to give objective advice and the motivation to build a better career. I can point a few things out that might help composers to improve their ‘game’.
– We schedule a convenient time for a 2 hour consultancy via skype, FaceTime or whatsup.
– A day before you upload a 10-minute showreel and list all questions you want to go through during the consultation, so I can prepare what you would like to discuss during the session.
– During consultation we’ll initially discuss your background, your current situation and your targets. Right after we will listen to your current showreel together (your best 5 tracks/cues).
Then we will go through your questions and various aspects such as:
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Recipient of the Jerry Goldsmith Award and the IFMCA award George Kallis is considered “one of the most exciting and talented composers to emerge in the film music world” (Movie Music UK).
George has just finished the score for the biopic sports drama ‘Lev Yashin’ about the superstar goalkeeper, and the black comedy ‘Gutterbee’, directed by Ulrich Thomsen. His previous score was ‘Cliffs of Freedom’, starring Christopher Plummer and Billy Zane, which received positive reviews and award nominations.
Previously he scored Disney’ live-action fantasy ‘The Last Warrior’, winning the Jerry Goldsmith, the award for Best Music for a Feature Film, and the family adventure ‘Albion The Enchanted Stallion’ starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, and Jennifer Morrison that earned him the ‘Breakthrough Composer of the Year’ award at the International Film Music Critics Awards.
George has written TV music for Emmy and Bafta award-winning programs, such as the opening titles music for BBC ‘Horizon’, for its 40th-anniversary celebration, and ‘My Life’ on CBBC. His commercial work includes music for brands such as McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Lexus and Toshiba, and trailer music includes placements with Mandela Long Walk To Freedom, The Visit and 47 Ronin.
Other accolades include ‘Best Music and Sound Design’ at the Los Angeles Film Awards for the historical drama ‘The Black Prince’ (2017) and ‘Best Score Award’ at the Underground Cinema Festival for ‘Blight’ (2017). He has been nominated twice for an ‘African Academy Movie Award’ for his scores ’93 Days’ (2017), starring Danny Glover, and ‘A Place in the Stars’ (2015).
George was born on the island of Cyprus where musically west meets east. The international musical influences helped him become an expert in global music, having composed scores for over 25 films produced in the US, UK, Russia, Denmark, Nigeria, Greece, Armenia and India. He has studied film composition at Berklee College of Music with a masters degree in composition from The Royal College of Music.