In 2005 one of the most deadliest and most destruction hurricanes hit the east cost of the United States, Hurricane Katrina.
1,833 people died, with an estimated cost of $81 billion made Katrina the costliest U.S. hurricane since Hurricane Andrew in 1928.But the facts and figures of Hurricane Katrina do not tell the whole story, the effects of which can still be felt today.
Katrina is the story of the fight for survival when everything is lost and lives destroyed.
As we follow complete strangers who's original lives were very different from each other and how the devastation in the wake of Katrina has caused their paths to intersect.
At 10 am on August 28th, New Orleans mayer Ray Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatory evacuation of the city calling Katrina "a storm that most of us have long feared."
The city government also established several "refuges of last resort" for citizens who could not leave the city, including the massive Louisiana Superdome, which sheltered approximately 26,000 people and provided them with food and water for several days as the storm came ashore.
It is here at the the Louisana Superdrome that the story of Katrina takes place.
The score is a guitar based score to help provide an intense and haunting feel, mixed with the deep south blues.
'The Breaker' is a super-natural film containing a stand-out performance by Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Valkyrie, Paranorman).
A man awakens, lying on a beach with an empty vodka bottle and no recollection of any past events. Struggling to recall any of his memories he stumbles up the beach and upon a house that holds a dark secret.
By absorbing books by touch, he slowly knits his life together piece by piece but is not prepared for what awaits him.
'The Breaker' is a dark thriller with a great script that contains a brilliant twist that flips the film on it's head.
The score is equally dark and big, mixing low menacing brass, high sweeping strings with pulsating electronic loops. Listen to some of the cues from the film by selecting the play buttons on the right hand side.
Planet Earth : Planet of the Apemen
Planet Earth - Planet of the Apemen is a BBC and Discovery Channel multi-part series.
It follows the journey of two different groups of homo sapiens as they encounter other human species.
The first part of the series is set 75,000 years ago in India, following a catastrophic super-volcanic eruption which forced a showdown between our ancestors and a completely different species of human, Homo erectus, who up until that point had reigned supreme.
The second story is set 35,000 years ago and depicts Homo sapiens's encounter with Homo neanderthalensis. As the ice caps retreated, the Neanderthal stronghold in Europe weakened, providing a window of opportunity to which modern humans owe their existence.
Planet of the Apemen was narrated by Geraldine James (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes : Game of Shadows, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alice in Wonderland).
The Planet series was shot across the African and Indian continents, containing some stunning scenery and is a truly epic production. The Planet series has been broadly broadcast in many countries.
'The Test' is a smart, witty film starring Lauren Bowles (True Blood, Hall Pass) and Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive, Speed).
The film is the story of a couple at a crucial moment in their relationship. At first glance Margot and George seem like a fun loving couple taking a pregnancy test but we soon learn that they are anything but.
Observing they're dynamic like a fly on the wall, we quickly grasp that much more is being tested. It's a test of their desires, their future and ultimately...their connection.
As well as underscore, a song was written for this film featuring Nathan Connolly from Snow Patrol.
From the pen of Simon Bisley (2000 AD, Judge Dread, Batman : Judgement on Gotham, X-Men Unlimited, Incredible Hulk) comes 13 Coins. Written by Screenwriters Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson (Hitman Absolution).13 Coins trailer launched at San Diego Comic-Con. Music, sound design and SFX by Andrew Simon McAllister
Andrew Simon McAllister began his musical journey at an early age, playing the cornet at age 6 before progressing to play both trumpet and horn. By age 15 he had become a very accomplished guitarist, his guitar playing later gaining him a prestigious Berklee scholarship.
He spent several years performing before dedicating his career to composing music for screen.
Education and Training
Andrew attended Queens University where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, specialising in electro-acoustic composition. His time at Queens allowed Andrew to experience performing in an orchestral setting, as a member of the Queens Orchestra brass section.
Andrew relocated to the U.S. to enhance his knowledge of writing to picture. Here he attended Berklee, graduating Summa Cum Laude (Top) in Film Composition. Andrew started writing and producing music professionally and gained valuable industry experience before returning to work in the UK.
His professional background of composing music for screen includes films, television series for broadcasting giants such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery, video games and advertisements.
He has also built up a strong relationship with senior Hollywood music supervisors, having had music placed in films, television programs and adverts.
Andrew is available to score feature films, television series, small budget shorts, computer games, adverts and indents.
Composition and Orchestration
Andrew can compose and produce in many different styles, from orchestral to electronic, contemporary, big band and song scores. Dependent on your budget, he can create scores with real orchestra, smaller ensembles, solo instruments to fully midi realised scores.