“Jirga” by AJ True

Work for hire can be a lot of fun! You work on something that is exposed – officially! – to a much larger crowd than normal and you support other peoples’ art. In the process, you get to know them and their desires which is always fascinating, always surprising and always pushing your personal borders of experience. In July 2017 I was contacted by an Australian composer named AJ True, who requested my work for his debut feature film score. Jirga is a very personal story about a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of…

“Titanic (The Deluxe Edition)” by James Horner

James Cameron, known for being one, if not the most innovative and meticulous filmmaker out there, was responsible for the two highest grossing films of all time. And both prominently utilized two of the most ill-reputed typefaces of all time. It’s almost as if they did it on purpose… only to mock us typophiles. Producing a hollywood blockbuster for an allegedly production budget of $237 million dollar and then making use of “Papyrus” (a font that came free with every Windows and Mac OS computer) certainly feels somewhat ironic, there’s no denying that. Even Ryan Gosling thinks so. Ten years…

“The Last Guardian” by Takeshi Furukawa

You may have already heard of or even played Fumito Ueda’s latest masterpiece The Last Guardian. For those who didn’t, it’s a PlayStation game that has been in active development for a mind-boggling decade. But last November it finally hit the shelves and with it came one of the most beautiful game soundtracks of recent times. Takeshi Furukawa’s original score covers the whole range. From the sensitive piano driblets that emphasize the touching relationship between the boy and the beast, to propulsive but never repetitive rhythm sections that drive you forward during the tense action sequences. Atop of that Furukawa wrote…

“Arrival” by Jóhann Jóhannsson

[This entry is brought to you by the wondrous magic of Adobe Photoshop] When I first laid eyes upon the set of teaser posters for Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi brainer Arrival I was immediately struck in awe. It happens rarely that I fall in love with a film poster at first sight, but I just lost myself in those amazing still-lives with their gorgeous colours and lighting. So much so that I could even ignore some of the choppy Photoshop actions in there. Furthermore BLT Communications, widely regarded as a leading player in the business, got into hot water with a…

“Side Effects” by Thomas Newman

There are some directors out there that put special emphasis on design, and especially in this case, font design. Marc Foster for example, whose visual gimmickry made a so-so James Bond film kinda watchable. Or David Fincher, who’s still one of my favourite directors and a sure bet for the most elaborate title sequences in modern cinema. Steven Soderbergh is another director who I consider to be part of that small elitist group. There are some films in his body of work that downright ooze stylistic eye candy (sadly, sometimes over substance). Side Effects isn’t one of those films though. It’s a…