Awarded 'The Oscar'!
Best Live Action Short Film!
The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed Tuesday,
January 24th at Los Angeles. Kristof Deak, director, and Anna Udvardy,
recognized and honored to have their film, Sing (Mindenki),
nominated for the Academy Award, Best Live Action Short Film. SMC Artists
Kristof and Anna, and Adam Balazs, who scored the film.
Further, congratulations are
extended to Akos
Lustyik, the Agency’s newest
composer, who assisted Adam in
producing the score.
Sing is the story of Zsofi, struggling to fit in at her
new school—singing in
the school’s famous choir is her only consolation. But
the choir director may not
be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is.
It will take Zsofi and her friend Liza to teach their teacher
a lesson. Based
on a true story, Sing follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl
in class facing a
tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system—or, to fit quietly into
Adding to an already impressive creative collaboration,
Arpad Balazs, internationally renowned composer and
father of Adam Balazs,
contributed his famous Hungarian children’s song—Elderflower
Congratulations to Kristof, Anna, Adam, Akos and, of
course, Arpad, on this momentous nomination (AND WIN!).
"On Body and Soul"
'Golden Bear Award' for Best Film!
On February 18, Ildikó Enyedi, director and writer of On Body and Soul, was
presented the prestigious "Golden Bear Award for Best Film" at the acclaimed Berlin
International Film Festival where it made its world premiere. The award is considered
the equivalent of the American Academy Awards' Oscar in Europe. The Hungarian love story is about two slaughterhouse workers
who connect in shared dreams. Ildekó contrasts the harsh reality of the abbatoir with the magical world of slumber. At the same event, On Body and Soul was also the recipient of the "Prize of the Ecumenical Jury," the "Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost," and the
"Critic’s Choice Award, International Federation
of Film Critics."
Congratulations are extended to Ildikó, producers Erno Mesterházy, András Muhi, Mónika Mécs and, again, Adam Balazs, who
scored the film.
John Scott Honored for his Work
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and
Authors (BASCA), in association with PRS for Music, celebrated the achievements of an
outstanding group of 12 men and women who have made a special contribution to Britain’s music
The 40th Anniversary Gold Badge Awards honored composer John Scott.
Mr. Scott is a musician, arranger and
film composer. He played flute on The Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” arranged and conducted The Hollies’
“He Ain't Heavy, He’s My Brother” and performed and
conducted Gerry and The Pacemakers’ “Ferry Cross
the Mercey,” among many others. After playing
principle saxophone on Henry Mancini's Pink Panther and Arabesque scores, and
through Mr. Mancini's mentoring, John began composing for film, and has since
scored over 70 films. He is also the recipient
of four Emmy Awards for his work in Television, and
continues to add to his extensive body of classical work.
SMC Artists proudly salutes the incredible achievements
and recognitions of our colleague and friend,
Singer-Songwriter-Lyricist Joins SMC Artists
SMC Artists proudly
announces representation of singer-songwriter-lyricist, Amanda Ply. Amanda is a
classical pianist and honors graduate of the Annenberg School at the University
California. With inspiration from
Carole King, Diane Warren and Sia, as a singer-songwriter, Amanda
has an edge and ability—both on- and
off-stage—to appeal to a wide range of fans. It is her
contemporary approach to
crafting songs, and her easy vocal style and elastic voice that appeals to
audiences. More recently, Amanda has been focusing her efforts writing
R&B, Country and Pop
songs for a wide spectrum of artists.
Noah Potter - Executive Music Producer for
"Pioneer's Palace B'92" and Completing "Dilemma"
Encompassing all facets of music, Noah Potter sets an historical tone for this
period film. Set in Bucharest after the fall of Ceausescu, Pioneer's Palace captures the chaotic essence of the
time. Based on
director Bobby Paunescu's own experience, the story follows a group of Romanian
teenagers who, driven by the unprecendented freedoms of a free-market
economy, open a disco in
their high school. Surrounded
by entrepreneurial opportunity and almost no limits, the teens visit
Bucharest's first-ever brothel, and are exposed to the dark underbelly of
an unregulated society
when they are faced with potential exposure to
AIDS. The film premiered at the Sundance Film
Dilemma, directed by Ryan Claudio, is the story of man who accidentally finds an envelope
containing $10,000 cash at a coffee Shop. He is in a dilemma whether to keep it or do the right thing. The film stars Matthew Klingler (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.) and Hans Dieter Wolff (Office Christmas Party).
Stephen Viens Scores "Arctic Plunge" and "Kampai!"
Stephen Viens scored director Brian To's Arctic
Plunge, his seventh film with Brian. The film is an
letter narrated by an older woman (Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland) to a 16-year-old boy who took
his own life after she
rejected him during an Arctic tour many years ago, when she was 25-
and regret haunt her as she reflects on the void left in her
heart. Arctic Plunge uses
symbolism and imagery
to convey the disintegration and breakup of man’s
relationship with wildlife and
Earth, which may be lost
forever. It is is a tone poem that juxtaposes music, words,
and images to make
the audience feel saudade
for whatever loss they need to resolve.
Stephen also recently scored the feature documentary, Kampai! For the Love of Sake. The English-
and Japanese-language film under the direction of Mirai Konishi, explores the world
of Sake, the national
drink of Japan. The
film was produced by Konishi’s
Los Angeles-based Wagamama Media, in collaboration
with producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto. It was introduced at
AFM, and was a highlight of the San Sebastián
International Film Festival,
Spain, and is now onto the Tokyo and Hawaii Film Festivals.
Michael Klubertanz Starts the Year
with Six Films in Production
Michael Klubertanz is scoring five films in various stages of production: Kursene Fortress (Kelly Heatherington, dir.), Max Topas - Das Buch Der Kristallkinder (Michael W. Driesch, dir.), Mordred
(Laura Jay, dir.), Fire of Darkness (M.J. Khappa, dir.) and The Legacy (Eva Acharya, dir.) and The
Radicalization of Jeff Boyd (Uwe Schwarzwalder, dir.)
In early development, Michael been chosen to score Philip Cabrara animated film
for children and
families, Noboo Episode 1: Origin. It is a story of
space creature, Noboo, who becomes
stranded on planet Earth, and embarks on a
magical adventure. Meanwhile, a powerful galactic villain
seeks to capture Noboo to steal his
limitless energy source. The film will feature a special character
based on Emily Shane.
Emerging Film Composer Akos Lustyik Joins SMC Artists
Akos Lustyik is a classically trained composer from Budapest,
Hungary. Completing his studies at the Franz
Liszt Academy of Music in
Budapest, he is presently a Scholar of the Royal College of Music, London, where
he will complete his masters in film music composition. Akos also holds a degree in economics
University of Technology and Economics, and speaks Hungarian, English and
Apart from composing for concert, theatre and film, he has
participated in the Hungarian National Opera and Franz Liszt Academy of Music
projects as orchestrator and score editor. And, to further nurture his
in film scoring, Akos continues to be under the tutelage of
noted film composer Adam Balazs, assisting in the
full range of
music production and composition. His work with Adam has afforded him to be a part of the
2017 Academy Award Winning Sing (Kristof Deak, dir.).
Representation of Film & Television Composers, Songwriters and Lyricists
"SMC Artists takes pride in representing international film & Television composers, songwriters and lyricists, who are
classically trained, and who have a significant and award-winning scoring history. I ask for your consideration of all
my fine artists and their qualifications, when preparing for your next production."—Otto Vavrin II