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The Music Behind Imaginary Animated Worlds

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Animation has, according to Rolling Stone magazine, gone through some important and fundamental changes. In a recent article the magazine stated that 'what was once considered a cinematic distraction for children has blossomed into a medium that's as creatively fertile and emotionally resonant as any live-action films aimed at the 18-and-over crowd'. And music also has come a long way thanks to animation. Whether it's a subtle underscore or heavily composed themes, music is an essential part of animated projects that helps flesh out the imagined world and the characters that live in it. A group of leading composers discuss the craft of marrying music to animation for film and television and reveal the sources of inspiration that bring these characters to life.

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Vidjay Beerepoot (Composer, NL)


Vidjay Beerepoot is a composer from the Netherlands. He has worked internationally as one of Europe's youngest established professional composers on some of the most popular TV shows and biggest films in Europe.
Now located in L.A., Vidjay continues to develop his career with a special focus on animation. He composed the score for the animated feature The Little Vampire 3D that was released theatrically worldwide in 2017. Vidjay also composed the score for the award winning animated film "Agent 327, Operation Barbershop" from Blender Studios in Amsterdam.
For the upcoming animated feature "Ainbo" Vidjay will compose the score and songs. This movie will be released in theaters worldwide in 2020 and it will be one of the largest, most relevant and important Latin American animated features.
Besides animation, Vidjay also works on several live action TV shows, movies, video games and commercials.

Alex Dowding (Creative producer, Submarine, UK)


I'm a creative producer who has been working in animation for 15 years. I started in London working at Framestore when I was fresh out of University and soon after that went to work at Illumination Macguff in Paris on movies such as Despicable Me, The Lorax and The Minions. During this time I was an editorial manager which gave me a key insight into how story, music and animation come together to create the finished article. I was lucky enough to work with John Powell, Heitor Perreira and Pharrell Williams on these productions and was even lucky enough to collaborate musically with Pharrell himself at one point! Now I am based in Amsterdam and I am producing an adult animation series for Amazon entitled Undone.

Job Roggeveen (Composer, Job, Joris & Marieke, NL)


Roggeveen is one of the founders of Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke. In 2013 their slasher film MUTE was released. Their second short A Single Life was nominated for an Academy Award® in the category best animated short in 2015. Since then the studio focused on making short films. (Otto) was released in 2015 and it had premiere at the TIFF festival in Canada and it was nominated for a Rocky Award. In 2016 their 21 minute film Heads Together, made in co-production with Viking Film and VPRO, was released and it has been nominated for the Prix De Jeunesse. Altogether, their films and music videos won over 75 awards and were screened at more than 300 film festivals worldwide. Job is also the composer in the studio. And he is the creator of the music project Happy Camper.


Gary Smith (Journalist, FR)


Multi-lingual (French/Spanish/Dutch) journalist, translator, copy writer and daytime conference pro-grammer/moderator at the Amsterdam Dance Event and at the Brazilian Music Conference (BRMC). Regular writer for Television Business International (TBI), Cannes Lions Daily News, Lo-cation International Magazine, MIDEM News, MIPTV & MIPCOM News, Sportel and the Monte Carlo TV Festival magazine. Specialist subjects include music, technology, social networking, ad-vertising, online media, sport and business strategy.