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
“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
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
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!
About a month ago, my dear friend, film director and co-founder of TheFilmSchool Rick Stevenson proposed me the most interesting thing ever: To teach film scoring at the annual TheFilmSchool Prodigy Camp.
I spent 2 days on a spectacular property composed of several houses in a campus right on the shore of the puget sound, on Whidbey Island. There was about 20 High School kids, all of them extremely deserving and talented, and very funny 😀
I ended up with 2 students, who had a passion for music: Rony and Irene. Both of them were absolutely darling, and I believe that I couldn’t have had better students than them for a first time ever teaching session. Both were coming from very different musical influences and were very creative. I was amazed by how fast they were learning and how dedicated they were to it. I introduced them to film scoring and its basics, but also professional sequencer software and virtual instrument libraries, and orchestral music… WOW! yeah… exactly! That’s a LOT. Well, guess what? after just an hour or two of explanation I was already having them scoring the first scene of a film I just finished working on, and they did really well.
Rony even ended up teaching me a couple tricks on NUENDO lol 😉 and it is was so interesting to watch Irene composing, it was like watching myself at work.
Overall it was a great experience, something I would have never thought of doing… how do you teach something you never went to school for? Well, I guess you just have to do it with your heart, like everything else.
Being in touch with those kids was a very enriching experience and I will never forget it. I dedicate this post to my students, and my friend Rick for having me invovled in it 🙂
Rony, myslef and Irene 🙂
One of the house on the campus.
This is the house where I was set up to teach film scoring.
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
SIFF 2010 Opening Night at Benaroya Hall.
As the lights were being turned off...
beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle
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!