July 23, 2009

ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop Alum Boris Elkis makes A Perfect Getaway

Boris Elkis

Boris Elkis

It's been a long journey for ASCAP composer Boris Elkis, one that has taken him from the finest music schools in his native Russia to the scoring stages of Los Angeles. After years of programming and additional music for other composers' film, TV and video game projects, Elkis is about to enjoy the release of A Perfect Getaway, his first feature film as lead composer.

Elkis studied at Moscow's Gnesin Academy of Music and the Russian Music Academy. Early on, his blend of orchestral music with elements of rock, electronica and varying ethnic styles made an impact on critics, who marked him as one of the freshest talents in a new breed of young Russian film composers. In 2001, he was selected to participate in ASCAP's prestigious Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles.

Elkis caught the ear of New Zealand composer Graeme Revell (Red Planet, Sin City, Pineapple Express) in 2003. The two have since collaborated on numerous projects, including the scores to Street Kings, Aeon Flux, and Freddy vs. Jason, plus best-selling video game Call of Duty II. Elkis also provided music programming and additional music for the TV series Survivor and Fear Factor, in conjunction with ASCAP composer Russ Landau.

In 2008, Elkis got his big break when he was asked to score A Perfect Getaway , a psychological thriller directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick). The film required more than 70 minutes of tense orchestral score to soundtrack the story of a romantic honeymoon gone terribly awry – a task that Elkis was more than equipped to handle. This score will surely be the first of many features composed by the talented Boris Elkis.

A Perfect Getaway opens in theatres on August 7th. The score soundtrack will be released by Relativity Media Soundtracks on August 12th.