Dr Hans Hess

Senior Lecturer: Film Music

Hans Hess

Biography

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 Fi!h 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. Past soundtrack projects include feature films You Are My Sunshine (2021), Clownface (2019), Sustain (2019), and Carnival of Sorrows (2018); short film Snarl (2019); TV/Web Pilot series Theosight (2020); and TV/Web series Jan Jaruka (2019).

Hans recent film scores are upcoming feature films Advent (2023) and Dilemma (2023).

Between 2022 and 2023, Hans joined Squeak E Clean Studios, Yessian and Amp Sound Branding as a freelance composer writing bespoke compositions for commercial advertising. Hans also works as a library music composer collaborating with different production music companies such as Figure and Groove, Amadea, Wrong Planet, Media Tracks, North Star Production Music, BMG Production Music, Dos Brains, Bleach Productions, Muchas Music and others.

He is 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.

Hans Hess is represented by The Max Steiner Agency.

Honours and awards include:

  • International Sound & Film Music Festival 2023: Best Original Score - Nominee for feature Dilemma​
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival 2022: Best Original Score - Nominee for feature You Are My Sunshine
  • New York Film Awards 2021: Best Score for short film Snarl
  • Festigious International Film Festival 2021: Honourable Mention - Best Score for short film Snarl
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2020: Nominee - Best Score for feature Sustain
  • 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: Nominee - Best Music (soundtrack, score or song score)
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival 2018: Nominee - Best Original Score for feature Carnival of Sorrows
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2018: Best 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: Nominee - Best Original Score for short Ex Demiurgus
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2016: Honourable Mention - Original Score for short Ex Demiurgus
  • Feel The Reel International Film Festival 2016: Nominee - Best Original Score for short The Inquiry

Official website for Dr Hans Hess

Official Representation for Dr Hans Hess:https://www.maxsteineragency.com

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