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.
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.
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.
First new signing of 2014 Ian Smyth’s latest feature is Rewind directed by PJ Dillon for Carbon Films. It stars Amy Huberman who won the IFTA Best Actress Award for her performance and Ian’s score was also critically acclaimed by many of the reviewers. He has composed an orchestral score for director Richie Smyth’s The Mulbury Project, a sci-fi horror feature set in the near future, produced by Northern Ireland’s Heaven’s Gate Films. His many television credits include Seacht, the first Irish language drama for the BBC directed by Rob Quinn for Tyrone Productions; the animated children’s series Schrödinger’s Cat, directed by Nuala Cunningham for RTE; and two seasons of the science series Investigators for Decade Film/RTE.
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.
Richard Bodgers now scoring Phil Hawkin’s latest feature The Last Showing for The Philm Company. Lead cast include Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington and Keith Allen.
Dean Valentine’s Dark Matter cue is featured in Sony Picture’s trailer for the latest Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips and more recently he scored the trailer for Lionsgate’s worldwide mega hit Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He recently completed the feature documentary Close To Evil about a Jewish family tragically caught up in the Holocaust, as well as an 80 mins tv special Bottler. Both Bottler and Mad Cows are now out on DVD.
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