Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian

Paul Hepker

Film

Official Secrets

Biography

Paul Hepker:

Official Secrets is Hepker's fourth collaboration with director Gavin Hood. Together with Mark Kilian, Paul composed the music for Eye In The Sky, Rendition and Tsotsi (which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film). Other scores include Shepherds and Butchers, the live action remake of KITE and The Bird Can’t Fly.

Hepker composed the music for numerous Discovery, History and National Geographic Channel series, including Deadliest Catch, IRT Deadliest Roads, Crash Files, Impact, America’s Deadliest Season, Into the Firestorm, Raw Nature, Iditarod, Herrings and Shark Taggers (NBC). A long-time member of acclaimed Los Angeles theatre company Circle X, Hepker garnered an Ovation Award, two LA Weekly Awards, and numerous nominations for his work as composer or Musical Director on productions such as Grendel, Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog and Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum, New Orleans, 1839. Born in Zimbabwe, he currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Durban, South Africa.

Mark Kilian

Mark Kilian:

Mark Kilian is most known for his ethnic flavored scores like the Oscar-winning Tsotsi, Eye In The Sky (Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman,) Traitor (Don Cheadle, Guy Pierce,) Rendition (Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhall, Reese Witherspoon,) the Indian film Before The Rains (Linus Roache, Jennifer Ehle,) Bless Me Ultima and the Mexican Film North By El Norte
(Danny Trejo.)

However his versatility has led him to score such diverse films as John Carpenter’s The Ward, Revenge Of The Green Dragons (executive produced by Martin Scorsese,), the quirky comedy Trust Me (Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Sam Rockwell, William H Macy,) Repentance (Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie) and the first Pitch Perfect for which he has a platinum album for
soundtrack sales.

His TV work includes HBO’s 41, ABC’s Killer Women and Daybreak, Fox’s Kitchen Confidential and Jake In Progress and Hallmark’s King Solomon’s Mines and Icon. He has also written music for many high profile TV commercials including Apple, Toyota, Budweiser, American Express and Microsoft.

Kilian, a South African native, started his music career as a jazz pianist working in and around his homeland. He played with the Brubecks, Shirley Bassey, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Airto Moreira. After completing a degree in Jazz performance and a masters in composition, he headed for Los Angeles in 1994 to attend USC’s graduate program Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.

“See a dog, hear a dog is not what film scoring is all about for me. I am my happiest when I can tell the story you’re not seeing on screen. I love to use weird and wonderful instruments that are not particular to the setting. When that kind of juxtaposition works, it is pure magic to me!”

Links

Website: www.paulhepker.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/paulhepker
Facebook: @PaulHepker
Twitter: @paulhepker
Instagram: @batmandela
Representation: Evolution Music Partners christine@evolutionmusicpartners.com

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