SMA Talent has long been one of the UK’s leading international film/tv composer management companies and we’ve now successfully added film directors and screenwriters to our roster of activities. Our extensive network of relationships within the industry is based on our hard won reputation for representing the most creative talent. Delivering Excellence is our core belief.
The company is headed by the husband and wife team of Olav and Carolynne Wyper who have more than 25 years expertise working in the UK, US and international film and television communities. Working alongside is composer agent and marketing wiz Lesley Jackson. The team here is experienced and realistic, passionate about music and dedicated – and we’re nice people to deal with. We even accept unsolicited composer representation requests “because you never know, do you?”.
Our aim is to deliver the best music possible on time, within budget and hassle free. Because of our experiences in major record companies and music publishing we have an unrivalled wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the score writing and recording process, preparing budgets and music publishing in the UK and across Europe.
We work closely with the composer, producer and director and we can cover all aspects of music production including: budgeting, booking of musicians, copyright clearance, contract negotiations and music publishing and can, in effect, be a production company’s “off-site music department“, either on a one-off basis or as a bona fide HOD.
In Spring 2014 SMA Talent launched a new associated platform, SMARawTalent, whose aim is to help emerging film and tv composers climb the ladder. “SMART composers are the Oscar winners of the future.”
Trailer music supremo Dean Valentine’s follow up to The American Sniper is Ridley Scott’s latest movie The Martian, starring Matt Damon.
Michael Radford will direct Vivien for Elstree Studio Productions and producer Warren De Rosa. Based on his own screenplay about the life of Vivien Leigh Radford explores her bipolar disorder and resulting promiscuity which destroyed her marriage to Lawrence Olivier.
Natalie is at the forefront of London’s new breed of emerging film composers and with co-composer Martin Phipps won the 2015 Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Soundtrack for Hugo Blick’s An Honourable Woman. She has also delivered the music for the final series of Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Earlier she worked with Hans Zimmer and Martin Phipps providing additional music for the Weinstein Company’s Woman In Gold. She composed additional music for Heyday Films’ hit feature Paddington as well as additional orchestrations and arrangements. She worked with Martin Phipps on the BAFTA nominated score for the BBC’s Great Expectations and composed a modernist score for the avant-garde Spanish feature film Animals.
Christian Lo is one of Scandinavia’s leading director/writers for family films and is part of Filmbin, the only Norwegian production company concentrating entirely on family and youth films. To date his films have won many major international awards and nominations.The Tough Guys won the Audience Award at Kristiansand, the Children’s Jury Prize at Lübeck, the Special Jury Prize at Montreal and was Nominated for Best Film at CineKid and at TIFF Kids Toronto International Film Festival. Rafiki won the Special Jury Prize at Montreal, the Audience Award at Castellinaria, Best Feature at New York’s Bamkids, was
Nominated for The Crystal Bear at Berlin and won the award for Best Children’s Film from the Norwegian Cinema Director’s Association. In addition his four children’s shorts Baluba, Runa, Ramp, Iver and Punctured have between them won more than 12 awards around
His films have been sold to more than 70 countries for both theatrical and television showings and also released internationally on vod/dvd.
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow’s score for Ex Machina, written and directed by Alex Garland for DNA/Universal, is getting rave reviews. Here are just are just a few of them:
“Composers Ben Salisbury and Portishead frontman Geoff Barrow contribute a bristling electronic score that swarms and simmers with the characters’ own emotional surges.” Variety
“ … an evocative score from Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury.” Screen Daily
“A delightful soundtrack filled with some sinister tracks in the finale which linger in the mind for some time” Utopiareview.blogspot
“Probably my favourite element of the whole film though was its score. …the result was some of the best tension and suspense I have felt in the cinema for some time, really superb” hcmoviesreviews
“A nerve shredding score, one which creates an impending sense of doom as the movie goes on.” The Cult Den
Alexander Balanescu scored Wall To Wall’s recent BBC2 bodice ripper The Scandalous Lady W. Directed by Sheree Folkson and produced by Madonna Baptiste it starred Natalie Dormer, Aneurin Barnard and Shaun Evans.
SMARawTalent offers a shop window for unrepresented yet experienced, hardworking and extremely talented international media composers looking for their break into feature film, tv drama and digital platforms.
All SMART composers have been assessed and approved by the experts at SMA Talent who, on a production-by-production basis, will negotiate on their behalf and assist in music supervision if required.
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