Dr Hans Hess

Senior Lecturer: Film Music

Hans Hess


Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

Specialisms: Film Music, Composition

Hans Michael Anselmo Hess is an award-winning Brazilian born British film composer. Hans became a musician because he has always loved the magical power of communication that music is capable of.

When Hans first heard the soundtracks of composers such as James Horner (Brave Heart), David Arnold (Independence Day), Jerry Goldsmith (Alien), Enio Morricone (The Mission), Alan Silvestri (Predator), Randy Edelman (Dragon Heart), and Eric Serra (The Fifth Element), he knew that music composition for films was the medium he wanted to use to communicate with people.

Hans completed his Postgraduate Degrees at the University of Bristol where he earned a Master’s Degree in Composition of Music for Film and Television, and in 2014 he completed his PhD in Film Musicology about the use of samba in Brazilian films. Since 2014, Hans has been commissioned to work as a film composer for different media productions on a regular basis. Very recent soundtrack projects include feature film Clownface (2019), short film Safe to Assume (2019) and TV/Web series Jan Jaruka (2019).

Hans current film scores are: feature film Sustain (2019); feature film You Are My Sunshine (2020), short film Snarl (2019) and TV/Web series Theosight (2019).

Hans also works as a library music composer collaborating with different production music companies. Currently, he’s producing full length albums for prestigious BMG Production Music and Velvet Green Music.

As a film composer, Hans loves creating a music narrative that blends beautifully not only with the images, but that can also communicate something about the characters, about the story, about a culture, or about a world real or fantasised. Hans’s writing is mainly orchestral music, but he also loves to experiment (whenever appropriate to a project) with the use of the classical guitar with other instruments. He has been an enthusiast in the incorporation and hybridisation of other musical genres and styles to his musical language, in order to bring bold, different and innovative approaches for film scoring.

Honours and awards include:

  • Latitude Film Awards 2019: Gold Winner - Best Score for feature Clownface
  • London Independent Film Awards 2019: Best Score for feature Clownface
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2019: Best Score for feature Clownface
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival 2019: Best Music (soundtrack, score or song score) - Nominee
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival 2018: Best Original Score - Nominee for feature Carnival of Sorrows
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2018Best Score for feature Carnival of Sorrows
  • Los Angeles Horror Competition 2017: Platinum Award for Best Original Score for short Ex Demiurgus
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival 2016: Best Original Score – Nominee for short Ex Demiurgus
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2016: Original Score – Honourable Mention for short Ex Demiurgus
  • Feel The Reel International Film Festival 2016: Best Original Score – Nominee for short The Inquiry

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