Although scoring music for films and television is not a new phenomenon, in Ukraine there is currently no formal higher education programme for it. We are delighted to be working with the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (Kyiv) on the first local development programme for film composers. Envision Sound took place in Kyiv from 22-26 January 2018 and offered emerging film composers from Ukraine and other neighbouring countries (Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan) the chance to spend a week immersed in a programme curated and led by established film composers Michael Price (UK) and Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine).
After the end of the week of intensive workshops and studio sessions, the mentors evaluated the homework of the participants (audio dubbing one of the proposed episodes of archival or modern films), work during practical classes and final work on episodes presented publicly in the presence of directors. Five of the best Envision Sound composers were chosen out of 13 participants:
- Roman Vyshnevsky (Ukraine)
- Anton Degtyarev (Ukraine)
- Azar Azgarov (Azerbaijan)
- Sergiy Leontiev (Ukraine)
- Antoni Kulka-Sobkovich (Poland)
The winners will receive grants from the British Council and Dovzhenko Centre in the amount of 22,000 hryvnia for composing music for two film projects of young Ukrainian directors, who submitted their work (work-in-progress) to the programme, and three archive films to be shown during the Festival of Silent Film and Contemporary Music “Mute Nights”in June 2018. Dovzhenko Centre will also pay the fees of the performers who will play the music, composed by the finalists of the Envision Sound, during the screenings silent films in Kyiv and Odessa.
Two more collaborations were formed between the other composers and filmmakers during the programme. The British Council in Ukraine decided to support them by allocating grants of 7,000 hryvnias for studio recording and mastering of soundtracks:
- Composer Dmytro Kozynets and the film "Satellites" directed by Marina Gryshai,
- Composer Mykyta Shpanko and film-adaptation of the novel by F. Kafka "The Process" directed by Anastasia Mehedi.
We have selected 13 participants – eight emerging film composers from Ukraine, and five from the neighbouring countries.
- Armenia Hayrapetyan Vahagn
- Azerbaijan Asgarov Azar
- Azerbaijan Allahverdi Firudin
- Kazakhstan Issimbayeva Gulmira
- Poland Kulka - Sobkowicz Antoni
- Ukraine Dehtiarov Anton
- Ukraine Loginov Boris
- Ukraine Danov Dmytriy
- Ukraine Kozynets Dmytro
- Ukraine Prystupa Eduard
- Ukraine Shpanko Nikita
- Ukraine Vishnevskiy Roman
- Ukraine Leontiev Sergei
About Dovzhneko Centre
Dovzhenko Centre is the biggest Ukrainian Film Archive (est. 1994) for feature, documentary and animation films. The Centre also has its own Film Copying Laboratory (est. 1950). The collection includes around 6000 titles produced since 1909. The Center is the only Ukrainian member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). An important player in the distribution and promotion of Ukrainian cinema, the Centre restores and preserves national films and the personal archives of cinematographers, and supports scientific research in cinematography.
Meet Programme Mentors and Guest Speakers
Michael Price is one of the UK’s most sought-after composers. His work for film and television has been widely recognised, winning an EMMY award in 2014, as well as awards from the Royal Television Society, Music&Sound, and Televisual Bulldog. He also has had a BAFTA nomination and 2 further EMMY nominations for the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, which he scores with David Arnold. Price has also a broad experience in music editing, having worked on blockbuster films such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Alla Zagaykevych is the winner of the Ukrainian Film Academy’s Golden Dziga award for “Best Composer” (April 2017, for the documentary The Living Fire). She scored Ukrainian fiction films Mamai and The Guide, and is the curator of the international electroacoustic music projects Electroacoustics and EM-Vision. She is also the founder of the electroacoustic music studio at the National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997), and was a member of the folk band DREVO (1986-1998).
Guy Bartell (guest speaker) - a UK-based composer working in the fields of film soundtrack, electronic and electro-acoustic music. His previous soundtracks include the cult Swedish silent film Häxan, and the Soviet documentary Turksib, commissioned and released by the British Film Institute. His latest work, commissioned by the Dovzhenko Centre, Ukraine and the British Council, is the soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s Arsenal, a film about the Bolshevik uprising in Ukraine in 1918 (the score was premiered in Kyiv in April 2015). His soundtracks have been performed at numerous international film festivals and venues. He has also released four albums as Bronnt Industries Kapital on Static Caravan, Get Physical and I Own You Records.
“Bartell is one of electronica's staunchest and most singular foot soldiers" - The Wire