True Blood Composer Nathan Barr at Comic-Con

July 25, 2011 by  

True Blood star Janina Gavankar and composer Nathan Barr attend Comic-Con composer panel

During the panel Q & A, True Blood star Janina Gavankar, Luna, introduced herself and thanked Nathan for his great musical contributions to the show. She stated that his music really gives the characters more depth and life, including Luna.

The other panelists in the group picture are L-R Christopher Young, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, Helene Muddiman, James Levine, Edward Rogers, and Nathan.

TOP FILM AND TELEVISION COMPOSERS SPEAK AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO

Award-winning music talents Nathan Barr, Ramin Djawadi, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, James Levine, Edward Rogers, and Christopher Young to speak to fans at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront as part of Comic Con 2011

San Diego, CA (July 15, 2011) – Back by popular demand, the second annual Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing Horror to Animation and Everything in Between will be held at Comic-Con International:  San Diego.

Seven legendary composers in film and television are slated to speak for the program from 6 to 7 pm on Saturday, July 23 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.

Together, Nathan Barr (HBO’s “True Blood”), Ramin Djawadi (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle,” WB’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), James Levine (FOX’s “Glee,” TNT’s “The Closer”), Edward Rogers (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”), and Christopher Young (Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man 3,” New World Pictures’ “Hellraiser”) will discuss their pivotal roles in some of today’s top film and TV projects.

This year’s panel will focus on the different creative processes required for composing music in a wide variety of genres and platforms.  Panelists will also discuss expanding music to ancillary projects such as motion comics, video games and more that boost some of Hollywood’s largest growing franchises.

Attendees will receive exclusive giveaways and be the first to view (and hear) some surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow.

The panel will be moderated by film and television composer Hélène Muddiman.

About The Panelists

NATHAN BARR can currently be heard on one of HBO’s hottest shows True Blood.  Having written and performed the music for all four seasons of this show, he has come a long way since working as an assistant to world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer.  Barr has since composed original music for film and television.  Film credits include: IFC Films’ The Ledge, Lionsgate’s The Last Exorcism, and Stonebrook Entertainment’s Open House.

RAMIN DJAWADI received a Grammy nomination for Paramount Pictures’ Iron Man, as well as Emmy nominations for ABC’s FlashForward for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Series,” and FOX’s Prison Break for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.”  Djawadi is currently scoring the original music for HBO’s Game of Thrones and A&E’s Breakout Kings.  He recently completed MGM’s Red Dawn, and is also working on Zoom Entertainment and Silver Screen Studios’ The Camel Wars and DreamWorks’ Fright Night.  He has collaborated with Hans Zimmer, co-composing and producing the score for Universal Pictures’ Thunderbirds, as well as collaborating on both Columbia Pictures’ Something’s Gotta Give and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman Begins.

ROBERT DUNCAN is a Canadian composer of film and TV, currently scoring music for ABC’s Castle, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.  Other credits include: Foundation Feature’s The Entitled; FOX’s The Chicago Code; FX’s Terriers; ABC’s The Gates; FOX’s Lie to Me; CBS’ The Unit; the WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and FOX’s Tru Calling.

DANNY JACOB is a three-time Emmy-nominated composer and producer of more than 300 original songs for the Disney Channel’s mega-hit animated series, Phineas and Ferb.  Influenced by his life-long experience as a world-class guitar player, Jacob bridges the worlds of score and song.  As a featured guitarist, he has performed on DreamWorks’ Shrek, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Picture; the Emmy-winning Bette Midler HBO Concert Divas Las Vegas; and Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin’s “Heaven Help Us,” which won the Grammy for Best Duet.  Other credits include: Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, Disney Channel’s The Emperor’s New School, and Kids’ WB’s Jackie Chan’s Adventures.

JAMES LEVINE is a film and television composer currently scoring original music for FOX’s hit series, Glee.  He has won two BMI awards, and his credits include:  TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles; FX’s Nip/Tuck; CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles; FX’s Damages; and Paramount Pictures’ The Weather Man.  Levine has also provided additional music for DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Touchstone Pictures’ Pearl Harbor.

EDWARD ROGERS is an Emmy-nominated composer for film, television and videogames.  Prior to scoring original music for the Syfy network’s hit series, Warehouse 13, for which he received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music,” Rogers also brought the gritty streets of New York to life with his underscore for ABC’s award-winning series, NYPD Blue, for six years.  He continued his collaboration with producer Steven Bochco on FX’s acclaimed series, Over There.

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG is one of the foremost talents in film music today.  A Golden Globe-nominated composer, he has scored an impressive number of features in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music.  New World Pictures’ spine-tingling Hellraiser showcases the composer’s seminal upbringing in horror; the new-techno sound of Warner Bros.’ Swordfish displays his versatility; the resonant, genuine Celtic sounds of Miramax Films The Shipping News display his attention to detail; and the heart-pounding rhythms of Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 are all evidence of his willingness to experiment.  These scores are among the nearly 100 films that embody the work of this prolific composer.

HÉLÉNE MUDDIMAN (Moderator) is a British film and television composer who recently scored ITV2’s The Only Way is Essex, a British award-winning reality show based in Essex, Southeast England.  Muddiman is currently composing original music for Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet 2 with composer John Powell who scored for Shrek and Happy Feet.  She has provided music for the entertainment industry since she was 18 years old, and has written in a wide variety of musical styles for film, television, radio and multi-media advertisements.  Muddiman has also worked on E4’s Skin for which she was nominated for a World Soundtrack Award.

For more information, please visit comic-con.org
(Photo credit:Nathan Barr)

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