The Polar Sea episodes 5-10 start broadcasting tonight on TVO and Arte in Europe. It doesn’t have a broadcaster in the US as of yet, and if you are having some trouble viewing it go here and download this:
And watch the episodes HERE:
Here’s a description from tonight’s episode:
Crossing the Northwest Passage remains an immense challenge despite the melting ice. Halfway through their journey, some explorers break down and fall back, leaving others exiled. One such calamity forces Richard Tegner into hitchhiking through the passage. His experience is a poignant mirror of legendary Arctic disasters that befell both Europeans and Inuit.
And some more pieces from the series:
This first composition was our first attempt at the opening credits…they now use a portion of it in the beginning when the narrator (the legendary Gorden Pinset) says “last time on the polar sea….”
Here it is presented in whole….
And some more reflections….
Hope you can tune in and as always, thanks for listening.
Happy to announce the first episode of Polar Sea airs tonight in Canada on TVO (9pm) and in Europe on Arte Future. Those of you stateside (or elsewhere in the world) can watch the episodes here:
(also it appears that some are getting this message : “”We’re sorry, the video you’re trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current geographic location due to rights restrictions.” apparently you can download this app. I can’t recommend it’s quality as I don’t use it but I’ve been told it works)
We’d like to share some more music from this amazing project the Toronto Star calls “overwhelming and essential viewing”. Read the glowing review here:
This fella right here is Richard. One of the crazy people who take a run at crossing the Northwest Passage in a tiny boat! This composition is one of the variations on the ‘Sailing Theme’. You’ll have to watch to see if the epic ending to the piece relates to victory or failure!
This is Micheal. He is an Inuit author and story teller. Story telling is still a common way of communicating both current news and the people’s rich history. This particular cue was written to reflect the more folk-y aspects of isolated northern living.
This is a variation on our landscape theme. It is used to reflect the Epic, Beautiful and often Lonesome world of the Inuit communities.
Thank you again for listening! More to come.
We’re happy to announce a project we worked very hard on is set to be broadcast.
The Polar Sea, a wonderful, insightful and sometimes harrowing documentary on the state of our most northern body of water. It was a real honor to work with Kevin McMahon and his amazing crew, including Jay Cheel whom we worked with on Beauty Day.
This beautifully shot 10 episode series begins Dec 1st in Canada on TVO and in the US and Europe shortly after.
Here’s the trailer…
We’d love to share some of our favorite compositions from the film over next few weeks…Here’s a start….
This is the theme we wrote for some crazy and brave individuals that attempt to sail the Northwest Passage in a tiny boat named ‘DAX’. It re-appears as an over all Sailing Theme throughout the series in differing arrangements.
This particular piece ends up in many places in the film. Usually coinciding with scenes of levity and reflection.
And here’s our take on thee ol’ sea shanty!!!!!
Some more information for you….
Book of faces: https://www.facebook.com/PolarSea360?fref=ts
And these AWESOME 360 videos!!! http://www.polarsea360.com/360-special-russell-glacier/ AND http://www.polarsea360.com/360-special-inside-le-boreal/
We wrote a TON of music for sea shanty and have lots of variations on multiple themes. I’ll share more in the upcoming weeks!
As always, Thanks for listening!
Hey Everyone, especially those in Toronto…
The wonderful Don’t Get Killed in Alaska gets a run at the wonderful Carlton Cinemas here in Toronto Nov 7-13th!!
And I (Justin), will be Blah Blah-ing about film composition on the Sunday Nov 9th 7pm screening. Come heckle me!
And in other news,
Ohad and Myself completed the score to a long form episodic documentary on the melting of the polar ice cap called ‘The Polar Sea’ by the wonderful Kevin McMahon. Much more information and sounds will be coming as premiere dates become clear. In the meantime, I’d like to share a composition from it.
As always, thanks for listening and we’ll see you soon.
So there are two aspects to this job. One aspect we are really, really good at (the one about making music and putting it to the moving picture) and the other, well……. could use some work (self promotion).
So it is with an emboldened sense of self worth that I present, FINALLY, a composer’s reel.
It’s like a resume for us creative types.
We chose to use two compositions to show diversity but not to overwhelm. A longer reel is given to future/past people we wish to work with/again. This longer version has multiple scenes with our music as it appears in the film itself.
In good conscience, I can’t add these to this post as some are actually the climax of the film. A film I’d hope you want to see.
Big love goes to Nick Taylor, an amazing director, editor, songwriter and brother for this edit.
Spring & Arnaud get a run (in Ontario) on TVO!!!!!! You can find the broadcast times HERE
A wonderful and beautiful meditation on Life, Death, and Art…..we couldn’t be happier it is seeing the light of day.
We’ve all but exhausted any music that we could possibly post here from this wonderful film….but what the hell…..here’s some more!!!!
And then there’s this…….
With a new trailer and some exciting upcoming release dates!!!!
And again…..some more music from this wonderful and terrifying and beautiful road film!!!
This one is just the string part from the tragic end cue.I wanted you to hear this arrangement Ohad composed. It’s beautiful, and might get lost in the full-on pummeling that happens in the film’s climax.
This one actually is supposed to represent the feedback one hears inside his own head!! I hear this sound all the time. Perhaps I should …ahem…’turn down’!!
Again THANKS for listening!
Justin and Ohad
Self-promotion has never been my strongest suit. I’m more of a subtle ‘hype person’. So it comes as no surprise to those who know and love me that I, Justin, am a little late on the uptake to announce that Algonquin has some screenings and that I had been interviewed about the project and my work in film!
You can find the link to me BLAHBLAH-ing HERE
You can find play-times for Algonquin HERE
(Ahem!!!!!!!) official trailer featuring some of our music….
To celebrate the screenings here are some of our favorite compositions…….
Here is the first piece you hear…. It sets the tone for our Hero(ish)
We called this one ‘Crossing the threshold’ because at this point in the film there had been a realization. A moment. We wanted to capture that.
If you’ve not seen the film, there is a reason this composition is called ‘Last Night’ ……there IS. A . REASON
This particular piece was…performed by two amazing drummers (not THEE DMST drummers) by us!!!!! and ….then a little magic in the mix..a little love for Miles Davis and really fun cue!!!!!!
Y’know thee END!!!!
We’ve been super busy with beautiful, amazing projects including a wonderful long form documentary and a new Do Make Say Think record. And just today heard some great news of a release and promotion of ‘Road to Paloma’
We will keep you posted!!!!!