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 and assistant Marcia Whan. The team here is experienced and realistic – and we’re nice people to deal with.
Our aim is to deliver the best music possible on time, within budget and hassle free. Because of our earlier careers in major record companies and music publishing we have a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the score writing and recording process, preparing budgets and booking sessions in the UK and across Europe.
Novelist and screenwriter Dougie Brimson’s 15 books have sold in excess of half a million copies in print and many more as downloads. The Crew topped the Amazon sports book download charts for over two years following its 2011 publication in eBook format, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which was initially an electronic release, was recently issued in print. 2014 will see the release of two new novels including the highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling comedy, Billy’s Log.
His first move into films was the critically acclaimed short It’s A Casual Life, followed two years later by the award winning Green Street for Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate. This May sees the release of his eagerly awaited second feature Top Dog, which he adapted from his own best selling novel of the same name, directed by Martin Kemp for Richwater Films/Universal Pictures. His next feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way, goes into production this spring and will be directed by Sacha Bennett for Richwater Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Nick Green now working on Big Talk’s Oakfield. The 6-parter for the BBC tells the story about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930′s. The Producer is Marcus Wilson and director Andy de Emmony. Cast includes Anne Reid, Lee Ingleby, Liz White and Ralf Little.
Michael Radford attends Italy’s Bari International Film Festival in April to receive the prestigious Federico Fellini Award for Cinematic Excellence for his contribution to world cinema. His films Il Postino, Another Time Another Place, 1984 and The Merchant of Venice will be screened during the festival week. Michael will also be president of the international festival jury deciding the Panorama Award.
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.
Following his richly deserved 2014 BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Peter Greenaway’s next film with long term producer Kees Kasander will be Walking to Paris, with a score by SMA’s Alexander Balanescu. It tells the story of 27 year old Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s walk from Romania to Paris in 1903 and 1904 as preparation and prelude to becoming the most important sculptor of the 20th century. On April 30 at the Royal Festival Hall Alexander will give the first UK performance of Michael Nyman’s violin concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (Portishead) are scoring DNA Film’s new feature Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller. The director is Alex Garland and producers are Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Universal Pictures are distributing.
John Langridge’s acclaimed debut short, Walking Shadows, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently selected for the Portbello Film Festival, “the biggest celebration of independent film in Europe”. John was writer, director and producer for Big H Films. He later wrote, directed and edited Away, a drama short for Twenty Three Pictures.
He made his feature debut in 2011 with the darkly comic Four, starring Martin Compston, Craig Conway, Sean Pertwee and Keirston Wareing. John also edited the film and the producer was Raiomond Mirza for Oh My Productions. The film received solid reviews and was distributed in the UK by High Flyers and internationally by WTF Films.
Sina Bowyer is a screenwriter and producer and the CEO of Red Rug Productions. She has recently completed writing and producing Crude, a short eco-thriller with a cast and crew of more than 40, shot in London and directed by Charles Joslain. This is now in post-production and headed for the international film festival circuit. She is also in pre-production on a Juicy Loot, a crime romantic comedy to be shot in New Mexico. Other completed scripts include White Royal, an action packed conspiracy thriller set between London and the Middle East; The Love Bus, a zany comedy about an implant to cure infidelity that the inventor and his team promote as they drive across California on a bus; Deadlined, a martial arts thriller; and Nefarious, a noir thriller with an Oscar shortlisted director already attached.
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