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.”
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
the new film The Scandalous Lady W for Wall To Wall. More info to come soon………..
King of the movie trailers Dean Valentine’s latest high profile outing is the trailer music for Clint Eastwood’s The Sniper. Dean’s other trailer hits include Brad Pitt’s Columbia Picture’s WW2 epic Fury, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Sony’s Captain Philips starring Tom Hanks and Lionsgate’s worldwide mega hit Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Dean is now scoring the movie Tiger Raid for Story Films.
Kim Fupz Aakeson was already a successful an established novelist and illustrator when in the mid-90’s he switched careers and enrolled at Denmark’s National Film School to study screenwriting. Since then he has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s leading screenwriters – in all categories his films have won 106 national and international awards and received 195 nominations across a whole range of genres. His 2011 feature Perfect Sense, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, directed by David Mackenzie for BBC Films, won awards that year at Edinburgh, Philadelphia and Bratislava. He has two projects currently in production; Rosita for Nordisk Film and a tv series Broken for DR. He is currently working on Funny Man for Sigma Films and If You Love Somebody for Hyde Park Films.
The multi-award winning Danish director/writer Jesper W. Nielsen has joined SMA for representation outside Scandinavia. He is best known for his work on 6 of the 30 episodes of Borgen, DR’s international hit series shown in more than 80 countries. His most successful feature to date is Okay for the Bech Company which remains one of the most popular Danish films of all time. In all he has directed, written or edited more than 23 features and more than 60 episodes of tv drama. He is currently directing Dicte, a crime series for Misofilm and before that The Seaside Hotel, a major new comedy series for TV2, set in a North Sea resort in the late 1920s – early 1930s.
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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