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MovieScore Media: "EMILY AND THE MAGICAL JOURNEY" by Joe Kraemer

MovieScore Media’s latest release takes you a fantasy kingdom with an enchanting score courtesy of Joe Kraemer. Directed by Marcus Ovnell, Emily and the Magical Journey (also known as Faunutland and the Lost Magic in some markets) tells the story of Emily (Harriet Slater) who lives along with her mother after losing her father. She wants to help her mom find happiness and to learn about her father she never knew. When Emily finds a mysterious chest that transports her to a magical world, she meets fantastic and mythical creatures that become her new friends. After discovering her new friends are in danger, Emily must face her worst fear to complete her journey. Aiding her on the trip is a magical score composed by Joe Kraemer.

As the composer shares: “Marcus Ovnell created the world of Faunutland as a place of wonder and adventure, and I endeavored to create a score that captured those same qualities. A clear starting point was the use of the celeste, that magic sounding keyboard instrument that many film score fans know from John Williams’ iconic music for Harry Potter. For gentle giant Belaroc, I chose low woodwinds playing a chromatic figure in a playful way. Nightinglar’s theme had a similarly playful quality, but it was usually presented in a high register, on flutes, clarinets or oboes. Our villain gets a suitably dark theme, with elements of strings, brass, and even choir. The band of adults preparing for war have a characteristically military theme, and their development gave me a chance to take their theme in interesting ways. Given that this film is intended to speak to children, as most fairy tales are, I did my best to keep the score simple and direct, while still being intelligent and meaningful.”

Joe Kraemer has been scoring films since the age of 15, and is best known for his films with Christopher McQuarrie: The Way Of The Gun, Jack Reacher, and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. His score for the latter went on to win Best Original Score for an Action/ Adventure/ Thriller film for the 12th IFMCA and he was named the 2016 Discovery of the Year Award at the World Soundtrack Awards. Since then, Kraemer has continued to show a preference toward unconventional projects over mainstream work, including a new score for the 1927 silent film Sunrise, the Larry Cohen documentary King Cohen and more recently, The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot starring Sam Elliot. Joe Kraemer’s score for the anthology series Femme Fatales was released by MovieScore Media. [

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