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Starship Rising Album Soundtrack by Charles-Henri Avelange

Starship Rising Album Soundtrack by Charles-Henri Avelange

Without a Box Winner

It is with great excitement that I announce the Starship Rising Album Soundtrack is officially real eased.  And you can find it pretty much everywhere!  But also, on August 30th 2014, I won the AOF/WAB Best Music Score Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Lots of first timers here:  First LA feature film, first Actio/Sci-Fi score and first Hollywood Award!  Neil Johnson’s film ended up winning a few awards that night, Best Sci-Fi Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Runner Up Best Editor and a Nomination for Best Set Design.

We were all really excited.  And alls grateful for Managing Director of AOFF Del Weston for honoring us with such great awards. We were all dressed up in tux, invited at the prestigious gala dinner award reception.  I was of course accompanied by my beautiful wife Jennifer.

Here is my acceptance speech:

About a week earlier “Starship Rising” premiered at the AOFF and the response from the audience was great!  We had a sold out screening.  It’s always a great moment to get to hear your music played in a movie theatre, and being able to see the final look of the picture.  Often in Science Fiction film, the composer doesn’t get to see the final look of the film until it’s basically released.  CGI is being worked until the very end and while what I had to work with was sometimes close to be the final footage, I also had to deal with a lot of green screens.

As I said earlier, Starship won many awards, and I was really honored to win in the same category as our wonderful lead actor and dear friend Darren Jacobs.  We both won in the sponsored award of our respective categories, hence the AOF/WAB acronym by our award’s name.  Darren and his co-Star Emii really delivered a wonderful performance in Starship Rising.  It influenced directly a lot of themes in the score.  Another tandem that worked really well was Darren and Ralph Guzzo, who plays the general.  Their climax scene inspired the theme “Captain vs General” in the soundtrack.

You can listen to it here:

So now, where can you find the album you ask?

You can find it here:

Starship Rising on Apple iTunes

Starship Rising on CDBaby.com

Starship Rising on Spotify

Starship Rising on Amazon

Charles-Henri Avelange's trophée for the Best Music Score Award

Charles-Henri Avelange’s trophée for the Best Music Score Award

The trophée was really cool.  It’s a real Golden Fujifilm 35 mm reel case.  Which in a few years, is going to be considered an antique!  How awesome is that 🙂

Actor Darren Jacobs and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange.  Both winners of the AOF/WAB Award.

Actor Darren Jacobs and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange. Both winners of the AOF/WAB Award.

Actress Ellen Dubin, Jennifer Ingle Avelange, Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Actress Ellen Dubin, Jennifer Ingle Avelange, Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Red Carpet Gala at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Red Carpet Gala at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival. Composer Charles-Henri Avelange with his wife Jennifer.

Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange posing with the Best Music Score Award.

Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange posing with the Best Music Score Award.

Composer Charles-Henri Avelange and AOFF Managing Director Del Weston

Composer Charles-Henri Avelange and AOFF Managing Director Del Weston

Jennifer Ingle Avelange and Charles-Henri Avelange arrive on the Red Carpet of the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Jennifer Ingle Avelange and Charles-Henri Avelange arrive on the Red Carpet of the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Jennifer and Charles-Henri Avelange holding the Best Music Score Award on the Red Carpet

Jennifer and Charles-Henri Avelange holding the Best Music Score Award on the Red Carpet

Director Neil Johnson, Actree/Singer Emily Rose Morrison (Emii) and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange at the world premiere of Starship Rising

Director Neil Johnson, Actree/Singer Emily Rose Morrison (Emii) and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange at the world premiere of Starship Rising

Premiere of Starship Rising at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Jennifer Ingle Avelange and Charles-Henri Avelange premiere of Starship Rising at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Actor Darren Jacobs holding his signed copy of the Award winning soundtrack with Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Actor Darren Jacobs holding his signed copy of the Award winning soundtrack with Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Actor Marc Hawes holds his copy of the award-winning soundtrack

Actor Marc Hawes holds his copy of the award-winning soundtrack

Jake holds his signed copy of the award-winning soundtrack Starship Rising

Jake holds his signed copy of the award-winning soundtrack Starship Rising

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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

 

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