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MovieScore Media: "THE OPERATIVE" music by Frank Ilfman

MovieScore Media’s latest team-up with Big Bad Wolves composer is the pounding action suspense score for the Tehran-set Mossad thriller The Operative. Based on Yiftach R. Atir's book, The English Teacher, Yuval Adler's The Operative is a taut psychological thriller about a young Western woman Rachel (Diane Kruger) recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler Thomas (Martin Freeman) and her subject Farhad (Cas Anvar).

”Yuval is a big fan of thematic music,” adds Frank Ilfman, ”but not in the normal sense of a straight out melody line, but more of a sound clusters and textures that can be repeated also in different parts of the film and be associated with some of the characters. I thought it was the perfect place to use some old synthesizers that are not always in tune and can give almost a live flowing texture to the large and heavy low based orchestra. We used an 80 Piece orchestra with a large string section with extra cellos and basses recorded at Teldex Studios in Berlin to give that extra low end textures to convey the thriller and sense of danger in the film. For Rachel, I wanted something that can still give a sense of deep troubling emotional and found a solo harp to be the perfect instrument as it can sound beautiful and gentle yet be uneasy when needed.”

Frank Ilfman originally studied trombone and piano at the Jaffa Conservatorium of Music, then at the age of thirteen he was joined the Tel Aviv Dixieland Band where he played lead trombone in addition to arranging for them. His passion for film music was ignited when a visit to Bavaria Studios got him introduced to German composer Klaus Doldinger, who was scoring The Neverending Story at that time. Since starting out, Frank had scored over sixty films and television projects. His breakthrough was written for Big Bad Wolves whose music won a Saturn Award shortly after being issued by MovieScore Media. Some of Ilfman’s other recent credits include the supernatural thriller Sensoria (available from ScreamWorks Records), Rory’s Way (available from MovieScore Media) and the new logo of Legendary Pictures.

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