Category: Film Events


2015 is starting incredibly well, I am currently signing on some very exciting projects and we started it off with an incredible news:  Polarrifc, the latest Hallmark Channel animated special I scored for the holidays was nominated at the prestigious Annie Awards — the highest recognition in the world for animation!

In Chel White’s own words, here is what Polariffic is about:

497236095_640“Taking place in the North Pole, “Polariffic” is a story about a foursome of Arctic friends that takes a journey from fear to friendship. Snowby a gentle polar bear, Jaz a be-bopping penguin, Flitter a light-on-her-feet artic fox and Cupcake a thoughtful baby seal are the best of friends, until one day they encounter Charlie, a young Yeti who tries to befriend them. At first terrified, the four friends find themselves face-to-face with the Yeti and must muster the courage to trust him in order to save themselves. In the end the gang learns appearances aren’t always what they seem.

Our little film was nominated for BEST ANIMATED SPECIAL PRODUCTION.  And the other contenders for the prize were pretty huge, no less than DreamWorks Animation with “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Cosmos: A Space Odyssey,” Pixar Animation’s “Toy Story” and Universal Television’s “How Murray Saved Christmas.”


Polariffic was nominated for Best Animated Special, and we were up against some pretty serious contenders!

Unfortunately for us, “Cosmos: A Space Odyssey” won the award.  But it’s ok, because we love Cosmos.  Such a great show.  I had the pleasure to attend the VIP Red Carpet event with my beautiful wife Jennifer and with Polariffic’s director Rob Shaw and my dear friend — director and owner of the animation studios Bent Image Lab — Chel White.

Jennifer Ingle and Charles-Henri Avelange attend the 42nd Annual Annie Awards Red Carpet in Los Angeles, CA. (2015)

Jennifer Ingle and Charles-Henri Avelange attend the 42nd Annual Annie Awards Red Carpet in Los Angeles, CA. (2015)

Even though I have been working with Rob Shaw for at least the past 2 years, it was the first time that we were meeting in person.  And I haven’t seen Chel since him and I worked on Jingle & Bell’s Christmas Star.  It was great to spend time all together.

Rob Shaw, Jennifer Ingle and Charles-Henri Avelange on the Red Carpet at the 42nd Annie Awards

Rob Shaw, Jennifer Ingle and Charles-Henri Avelange on the Red Carpet at the 42nd Annie Awards

Charles-Henri Avelange, Jennifer Ingle and Chel White on the Red Carpet at the 42nd Annie Awards

Charles-Henri Avelange, Jennifer Ingle and Chel White on the Red Carpet at the 42nd Annie Awards

The Red Carpet was very impressive of course, legend of animation were present, as well as legendary Disney’s composer Richard Sherman, who is probably one of the sweetest person on earth!  I also had the pleasure to meet Jen Rarey from Hallmark who produced Polariffic.

Scoring Polariffic was an amazing experience.  The film is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen on screen.  The animation is so well done and director Rob Shaw had some great ideas for the score.  I also had the pleasure to have my first collaboration with one of the best session guitarist in Los Angeles, Michael Ripoll.  Michael has done some extensive work for composer John Powell (Bourne Identity, Rio, How to Train Your Dragon…) and working with him was one of the most amazing experience I’ve had.  And here’s a hint:  I’m working again with Michael on another project (more to come soon!)


The fun thing about Polariffic, is that the film is supposed to be part of Hallmark’s main holiday feature film, which is called Northpole. In the story of Northpole, there is an animated TV series that everyone is fond of, and it’s called Polariffic.  In the film, you get to see only 30 seconds of it.  But then the full episode, which I worked on, is available as a bonus on Northpole’s DVD or on the Hallmark Channel website.

If you get a chance, you can watch the full short film on the Hallmark Channel’s website, here:
Polariffic on The Hallmark Channel

Everyone really liked the score and thought it was amazing.  I was very happy we managed to convey Rob’s vision through music.  I even ended up whistling in the end credits theme 🙂

For the score Rob wanted something not too orch10872785_10152432459951097_8449932734552322982_oestral, trying to step away from the Disney style.  That’s how we ended up with Mandolin, Mandola, Ukulele (yup, for a Christmas movie… that’s right)  all sorts of guitars and electric basses.  Trombone, fiddle, flutes and voila!  The recipe for quite an original score.

The wonderful Royce Hall at UCLA was a full house.  The ceremony was also on TV and people were able to stream it live online.  Chel, Rob, Jennifer and I were sitting right in the middle of the Disney people. Which was quite fun 🙂

The ceremony had the particularity this year of not having a host, instead, we had a series of people presenting each category of awards.  We were very well treated and the animation community is warm and welcoming.  A big thank you goes to the IAFS-Hollywood for all the attention and care they put into this event.  The food was delicious and the staff charming.

All that to say, see you next year the Annie’s!  I certainly look forward to attend once again, and who knows, maybe this time we will win that beautiful statuette!

Charles-Henri Avelange Annie Awards 2015 4


Chel White, Rob Shaw and Charles-Henri Avelange sitting inside Royce Hall during the ceremony.

The official poster of "The Bath" by Mark Lundsten

The official poster of “The Bath” by Mark Lundsten

On August 14th 2014 my wife and I attending the Hollyshorts Film Festival Opening Night!  The event takes place on Hollywood Boulevard at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre.  It was very exciting.  The short film I scored last year titled “The Bath” directed by Mark Lundsten was indeed an official selection at the festival.

“The Bath” won best narrative short at the 2013 Ojai Film Festival and so we were pretty excited by the idea that we could take back something home at Hollyshorts.  But the competition was hard this year and there were so much great films.  Unfortunately we didn’t win anything this year.  But still, what an exciting event!

10th Hollyshorts Film Festival Opening Night Red Carpet

10th Hollyshorts Film Festival Opening Night Red Carpet

“The Bath” was inspired by a poem about the Alzheimer disease.  A tribute to those who have to take care and see people that they care about slowly forget entirely who they are and who are the people who loves them.

Jennifer Ingle Avelange, Mark Lundsten and Charles-Henri Avelange

Jennifer Ingle Avelange, Mark Lundsten and Charles-Henri Avelange

Hollyshorts is one of the top film festival for short film, a great avenue for discovering new talents.  There were a lot of talented filmmaker and one of greatest pleasure was to see that very dear friends of mine from Seattle were sponsors of the festival this year!  Ben Andrews from Evil Slave Productions was hosting a panel, sponsoring the event as well as a special screening of all of this year’s best short film from the Pacific Northwest, and “The Bath” was a part of it.  Most notable films in my opinion were “Shift Paradigm” directed by Ben Andrews himself, that was in all aspects definitely one of the best film I’ve seen coming out of Seattle.  And the Harvey Brother’s “The Arborlight” which was definitely notable. 

Lots of friends to see in person, on screen and in the credits!  A wonderful event for which I thank Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont for putting it together every year as well as organizing various seminars and workshops all year long.

See you next year!

Jennifer and Charles-Henri Avelange attends the 10th Hollyshorts Opening Night

Jennifer and Charles-Henri Avelange attends the 10th Hollyshorts Opening Night


The Nobility Poster presented at Comic Con

The Nobility Poster presented at Comic Con

This year, I had the pleasure to attend the 2014 San Diego International Comic Con with the entire “Nobility” cast & crew!  It was so much fun!  With more than 500 people attending our panel and #Nobility becoming a Twitter trend for a few hours, we were all super excited.

I had attended some of the shooting days on set and therefore had the opportunity to meet in person most of our wonderful cast prior to the event.  But I still had some surprises when Christopher Judge showed up in person at the Panel!  As a former avid viewer of “Stargate: SG-1” and “Stargate: Atlantis” it was quite something to meet the legendary “Teal’c” in person.  But even more, the opportunity to collaborate with him on “Nobility.”

Created by EJ de La Pena (Jingle All The Way), Nobility’s cast is composed of Darren Jacobs (Starship: Rising), Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis), James Kyson (Heroes), Cas Anvar (Assassin’s Creed), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Princess Warrior), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Doug Jones (Falling Skies), Ellen Dubin (Napoleon Dynamite), Miracle Laurie (Doll House) and as said before, Christopher Judge! (Stargate: SG-1).

We presented at our panel the first trailer made out of the 60 min worth of content that were shot through out June and July.  Each of the character are so strong and interact so well with each other, they are inspiring a music theme for each of them.  Along the trailer was also presented the final version of the Nobility Music Theme!  It was great to hear it blasted out loud via the giant speakers in the conference room 🙂

You can watch the full panel on the video below (I make it start at the Trailer presentation):

We also had our own booth were we held some signing event and we ended up signing hundreds of posters!  There is great enthusiasm from the fans regarding Nobility and this is really what has been getting that show together so far.  So thank you to all of you who are showing your love toward the show, it means a great deal to all of us.

Now that we are all back and survived the craziness of the Con (150,000 people in attendance total!) it is time for me to continue scoring this wonderful project.  I came up with a theme for Darren Jacobs’ character, Doug Jones’ and Walter Koenig’s as well.

I can’t wait share more as I go, for now enjoy these few screenshots! 🙂

Christopher Judge and Charles-Henri Avelange

Christopher Judge (Stargate: SG1) and Charles-Henri Avelange

James Kyson and Charles-Henri Avelange

James Kyson (Heroes) and composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Nobility Panel

Nobility Panel at San Diego Comic Con

Doug Jones and Charles-Henri Avelange

Doug Jones (Falling Skies) and Charles-Henri Avelange

Nobility Panel 2

Nobility Panel: (Left to Right) Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Princess Warrior), Cas Anvar (Assassin’s Creed), Darren Jacobs (Starship Rising), Charles-Henri Avelange and Doug jones hugging director Neil Johnson

Charles-Henri Avelange and Neil Johnson

Charles-Henri Avelange and director Neil Johnson


For the first time in the Seattle International Film Festival’s history, it was opening this year with an official music theme which I was honored to compose! I called it “Magic of SIFF” in honor to the magic of cinema, and the magic that SIFF brings every year in Seattle. It was played at the beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle in front of a full audience of 3000 people. The cherry on the cake was when they turned the lights off and played it from beginning to end just before the screening of “The Extra Man” by Robert Pulcini and starring Paul Dano, who both were in audience as well that night!

SIFF 2010 red Carpet with SIFF's Managing Director Deborah Person

Benaroya Hall in Seattle during SIFF Opening Night.

SIFF 2010 Opening Night at Benaroya Hall.

SIFF Opening Night 2010

As the lights were being turned off...

SIFF 2010 Opening Night

beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle