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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.”

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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!)

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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!

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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

 

This year has been quite fruitful and among other projects I have been working on, composing the official Anthem for the University of Washington 150th Anniversary TV campaign was certainly a fun gig but among everything, a honor.

3 different versions of the TV spot exist, the main Anthem (video below) as well as a version focusing primarily on UW Medicine and the last one focusing on the well known aviation company Boeing.
The spots have been airing for a few weeks now on local Washington State’s TV stations such as King 5.

Enjoy!

Arthur

During the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to score the short film Arthur. The film was directed by John Jacobsen (The Artist Toolbox, Around The Fire…) and was made in order to showcase the best of film making that can be accomplished in Washington.

It was quite challenging to work on this film. The deadline was tight to start with (nothing new there 🙂 But the film has very few dialogues and therefore the music is an extremely important component of the film. At this point, it becomes the story teller. But in addition, John wanted the music to stand by itself as a musical piece without the pictures, while synchronized to each of his cuts.

I did the job in one full week. The score ended up being really great, full orchestral and a Boychoir on top of it! The film was largely acclaimed during the world premiere at the SIFF cinema on October 9th 2010. The film was played in front of a full house (400 people). For the fun facts, the film is starring Aaron Hart, who not only is the youngest actor to ever receive a Screen Actor Guild Award, but happen to star in another film that I will be scoring, which was in production before I got attached to “Arthur”. So I ended up meeting him on the set of ZERO POINT (another film that I will soon post about) and then got to score a film where he was starring… So at this point, I will soon have two film starring Aaron Hart in my resume 🙂 Funny how it goes sometimes.

So far, Arthur won the Best of Fest award and is currently an official selection at the 2011 Sedona International Film Festival

The music I did for it will soon be available for listening on my website, so make sure to check it out!

Arthur's Poster

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

My Official Website Is Live!

I guess this will be my first post.  I am very happy and proud to announce that my official website is live.  I haven’t had one for almost 4 years… so it was about time 🙂

I found my website to be gorgeous, and it is thanks to the design skills of my brother Guillaume Avelange, who designed the website of my dreams, and went well over my expectations.

I must thank my dear friend Ovid Stavrica who spent his precious time making it live and also my good friend Alec Dawson for those gorgeous pictures.

Thanks you guys, it means a lot to me!

Cheers!

Charles-Henri Avelange.

http://www.charleshenriavelange.com