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MovieScore Media: "Kimana Tuskers" (Stephen Gallagher)

The race to save the last great elephant tuskers from a vanishing landscape.

“You immediately see the tenderness and deep respect director Jamie Joseph has for the elephants in the footage that she and her team captured. Our discussion around the score started with the emotions that she wanted to evoke in her story. The score had to guide us through an intimate insight of the elephant herd amongst the enormity of the Kenyan landscape and then underpin it all with a heaviness of the threat shadowing them.It felt like there was a steady grand majesty to the pictures. We wanted to colour the score with big inviting textures as well as leaving room for the wondrous up-closeness with these incredible beasts. The film looks beautiful. The music is an emotional tour guide. The message is stark but hopeful.” – Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher is an award-winning composer, music editor and sound designer. He holds an honours degree in Composition from Victoria University of Wellington where he studied under John Psathas, Jack Body and Ross Harris. His feature film credits include Supervising Music Editor for Amy Berg’s documentary West of Memphis and Music Editor for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and Supervising Music Editor for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. He also worked on Jackson’s The Hobbit series and was a finalist for Best Sound Editing in a Feature Film at the 2013 MPSE Golden Reel Awards for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Stephen was nominated for an APRA Silver Scroll Award in 2018 for his score to the feature film, Human Traces. []

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