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Sonic Youth - Children's Media Composition

The Netherlands is globally recognised for its role in making and producing children’s and family films. One notable example is the feature film 'My Extraordinary Summer with Tess’ which will benefit from a forthcoming cinematic release in countries such as France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Taiwan. As well as this the Dutch are very good at producing music for children’s media, including the work of composers such as Sunna Wehrmeijer whose scores include Netflix’s "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power". In this panel we will explore the art of filmmaking for a young audience and the key role that music plays in youth and family films and media. Historically it would have been easy to pigeon-hole music for children’s media as being generic, simplistic and ‘on the nose’ - but in 2019 young audiences, with access to an infinite variety of music on streaming services, are more savvy and open to genres and styles of music than ever before. So who are the big players in kids entertainment? Why are the Dutch so successful abroad in creating kids content? And what, if any, are the big stylistic differences between composing for adults and for kids? Who should you approach if you want to break into this huge niche area? Despite the rapidly changing nature of kids and what entertains them, are there any tried and trusted methodologies, styles and genres that work?


Franziska Henke (Composer ‘Endzeit - Ever After’, ‘My Extraordinary Summer with Tess’, GE)


Franziska is an award-winning composer, guitarist and producer who works mainly in film. Her latest scores for "Endzeit - Ever After" (directed by Carolina Hellsgård, 2018) and "My Extraordinary Summer with Tess" (directed by Steven Wouterlood, 2019) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival and will be released in cinemas all over the globe. For the score to her debut feature film "Nelly's Adventure" (directed by Dominik Wessely, 2016) she received the German Film Music Award as Best Newcomer. In her music Franziska combines electronic elements with acoustic sounds and creates special sound worlds for every film. She worked with orchestras like the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the Brandenburg Staatsorchester Frankfurt. Currently she scores Constantin Films' first cinematic documentary "The secret life of trees".

Sunna Wehrmeijer (Composer 'She-ra And The Princesses Of Power', US)


Emmy nominated Sunna Wehrmeijer has contributed music to some of the biggest Hollywood blockbuster movies of recent years. She is currently the composer for Dreamworks’ She-ra And The Princesses Of Power and Warner Brothers’ Dorothy And The Wizard Of Oz. Sunna's impressive additional music credits already span several Ridley Scott productions, including Robin Hood (2010), and the iconic Prometheus (2012). Her music can also be heard in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the Oscar nominated movie Nightcrawler (2014), and The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017). She is the featured vocalist in the Hunger Games movies Catching Fire, (2013), Mockingjay Part I (2014) and Mockingjay Part II (2015), where her voice is the leading instrument linked to the main character Katniss.

Steven Wouterlood (Film Director, 'King’s Day', 'My Extraordinary Summer with Tess', NL)


Steven was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1984. In 2013, he directed Anything Goes (Alles Mag), a short film for children’s television, which won an International Emmy Kids Award and a TIFF Kids Award amongst many other awards worldwide. The TIFF Kids Award has been also awarded to his short film King’s Day (Koningsdag) in 2015, followed by several other awards including the Jury Award of Chicago Int. Children Film Festival. His TV series Remi, Nobody’s Boy (Alleen op de Wereld), based on the renowned novel by Hector Malot, was nominated for an Emmy Kids Award in 2016. My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (Mijn Bijzondere Rare Week Met Tess) is Steven’s feature debut. The film had premiered in February 2019 at the Berlin Int. Film Festival (Berlinale) and received a Special Mention. After Berlinale the film won the Audience Award at the New York Int. Film Festival. The film will be released in Dutch cinemas from July 2019.


Mark Gordon (Founder Score Draw Music, UK)


Mark Gordon runs Score Draw Music; a multi-award winning composition company working in film, television, advertising and animation. The last 12 months have seen the company win the Royal Television Society award for best music for their work with Dolly Parton on the pre-school Nickeodean Jr series ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’. The company also contributed a co-write to the 2018 Oscar-winning film ‘The Shape Of Water’, and more recently has had music used in shows including Netflix's 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'. Alongside this the company’s current slate of work includes music and songs for an 80-part series for PBS America, the music for a 52-part series for Disney, a recent commission for a Playmobil animated series, feature documentary score work for BBC and Channel 4, and ongoing music for a range of global brands including a longstanding partnership with Adidas for whom the company supply bespoke music. Mark has also programmed and spoken on many music and image panels and discussions, including at SXSW, Primavera Pro, Paris Sync Summit and The Great Escape.

Supported by Creative Europe Desk NL