David Schweitzer

David Schweitzer – Composer Profile

Possessing a hugely unique and inventive way with composition and songwriting, David is an award-winning composer who has scored more than 100 film and television projects. These range from feature films, through animated kids shows to landmark documentary and drama series. He is just as comfortable writing a full orchestral score as he is creating a lo-fi textural piece. Being an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitars & bass, clarinet & sax, voice), David is always able to bring real and organic elements into his scores.

Ever since he started composing, David has shown an unusual degree of musical eclecticism. As a teenager, he wrote an hour-long Requiem Mass for choir and orchestra (mostly during GSCE maths lessons), while at the same time being the guitarist and songwriter in a pop band with a cult local following.

David studied Music at New College, Oxford, where he played in bands and continued to write orchestral music at the same time as experimenting with electro-acoustics. After scoring his first film, he went to the National Film and Television School, where he studied Screen Music, working on a wide range of projects. He collaborated several times with the director Emily James, writing music and lyrics for a number of award-winning musical documentaries, including Wag the Dogma, A Brief History of Cuba in D minorand The Luckiest Nut in the World. In these projects, David combined humorous lyrics and catchy tunes, with serious factual subject matter. This unique juxtaposition also led to the commissioning of ArtSongs, a CD of songs about art commissioned by the Tate Gallery.

In the last ten years David has become one of the go-to composers to create strong memorable songs and scores for animation. After working on the music for Charlie & Lola (winner of Best Original Score at the RTS Craft Awards in 2007), David wrote the soundtracks for The Cat in Hat Knows A Lot About That! (the title theme of which was nominated for an Emmy), Mike the Knight, Angry Birds, Q Pootle 5, Miffy, Bob The BuilderDigby Dragon, Olobob Top and Aliens Love Underpants.

David wrote epic scores for the feature films, Day of Wrath (a historical drama starring Christopher Lambert) and Silence Becomes You (a thriller starring Alicia Silverstone and Sienna Guillory) and Russell Howard’s film, A Gert Lush Christmas. He has also created intricate and unique soundtracks for a number of landmark BBC documentary series, including Wonders of Life (with Brian Cox), Richard Hammond’s Invisible WorldsInside the Human Body and Britain from Above (with Andrew Marr). All these scores have combined orchestral themes with electronic and frequently experimental styles.

Over the past year, as well as his continuing work on animation scores, David has been working in TV drama, writing additional music for The White Princess (for John Lunn) and Victoria (for Ruth Barrett). Under the moniker of In Analysis, and using his collection of vintage synthesizers, he has also released a concept album of songs about mothers, based on stories people have written in anonymously.

 

 

Selected Film & Television
VICTORIA
(additional music)
Mammoth Screen
Director: Daniel O'Hara, Jim Loach
Producers: Paul Frift
BOB THE BUILDER: MEGA MACHINESHIT Entertainment
Director: Stuart Evans
Producers: Kylie Ellis
DIGBY DRAGONBlue Zoo Productions / Nickelodeon UK / Aardman
Director: Arnfinn Moseng
BOB THE BUILDER
(series 19 & 20)
HIT Entertainment
Director: Stuart Evans
Producers: Fred De Bradeny, Kylie Ellis
TOGGLEBeakus Animation
Director/Producer: Steve Smith
ANGRY BIRDS: STELLARovio Entertainment
Directors: Eric Guaglione, Kari Juusonen, Meruan Salim, Ami Lindholm, Avgousta Zourelidi
Producer: Ulla Junell
A GURT LUSH CHRISTMASAvalon Motion Pictures
Director: Al Campbell
Producer: Mark E. Iddon
Starring: Russell Howard, Neil Morrissey, Sophie Thompson, Greg Davies
MIFFY’S ADVENTURES BIG AND SMALLBlue Zoo Productions
Directors: Helen Arntsen, Adam Shaw
Q POOTLE 5: POOTLE ALL THE WAY!Q Pootle 5 Productions
Director: Arnfinn Moseng, Adam Shaw
Producers: Ben Butterworth & Nick Butterworth
ANGRY BIRDS: TOONSRovio Entertainment
Producers: Soren Fleng, Johanna Raman
WONDERS OF LIFEBBC
Directors: Gideon Bradshaw, Michael Lachman, Stephen Cooter, Paul Olding
Producers: James Van Der Pool
Exec Producer: Andrew Cohen
Presenter: Brian Cox
SUPERSIZED EARTHBBC
Director: Rob Liddell, Nat Sharman, Nigel Walk
Producers: Simon Finch
Exec Producer: Helen Thomas
Presenter: Dallas Campbell
MIKE THE KNIGHTHit Entertainment/ Nelvana
Director: Richard Raymond
Producers: Jo Jordan, Denise Green
Q POOTLE 5Snapper Productions / Blue Zoo
Director: Adam Shaw
Producers: Ben Butterworth, Nick Butterworth
INSIDE THE HUMAN BODYBBC
Directors: Annabel Gillings, Gideon Bradshaw, Nat Sharman, Rob Liddell
Producers: Alice Hape
Exec Producer: Andrew Cohen
Presenter: Michael Mosley
ME AND MY MONSTERSTiger Aspect, The Jim Henson Company, Sticky Pictures
Director: Mark Barnard, Peter Cudlipp, Lynn Hegarty, Marcus Cole, Martin Dennis
Producers: Justine Flynn, Peter Coogan
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THATCollingwood O’Hare / Treehouse / PBS
Director: Tony Collingwood
Producer: Helen Stroud
Starring: Martin Short
*The #1 Pre-school show in the US and Canada in 2011*
*Title theme nominated for Daytime Emmy for ‘Outstanding Original Song’ 2011*
*Title theme winner of Cynopsis Media Awards, ‘Best Song for a TV Series’ 2012
RICHARD HAMMOND’S INVISIBLE WORLDSBBC
Director: Dan Clifton, Gavin Maxwell, Matthew Wortman
Producers: Simon Finch, Gary Hunter, Anne Laking
Starring: Richard Hammond
AMERICA REVEALED Lion TV
Director: Sabin Streeter, Jesse Sweet, Nic Young, Jack Youngelson
Producers: Amy Goodman Kass
THE TAKING OF PRINCE HARRYJuniper Productions / BBC
Director: Alexander Marengo
Producers: Alexander Marengo
MOTHER OF MANYArthurCox
Director: Luisa Pretolani
Producers: Vikki Scott, Mark Wolfe
Starring: Selma Blair, Richard Dreyfuss
* BAFTA Winner for Best Animated Short, 2010*
BRITAIN FROM ABOVELion TV / BBC
Director: Chris Mitchell, Mark Radice, Nic Young
Producers: Lucy Van Beek, Cassian Harrison, Nick Catliff
Presenter: Andrew Marr
* Runner-up: Best Music, Bulldog Televisual Awards 2009
*Best non-fiction programme, International Digital Emmys 2009
* Nominated for Best Documentary Series, Broadcast Awards 2009***
COMRADESSimtar Productions
Director: Poppy Simpson, Dagmar Tartarczyk
Producers: Callen Hodgkiss, Poppy Simpson
* Nominated for First Appearance award at IDFA, 2008*
CHARLIE AND LOLATiger Aspect Prods
Director: Kitty Taylor
Producers: Claudia Lloyd
* Series 2: Winner - Best Original Score 2007 Royal Television Society Awards*
* Series 2 & 3: Winner of BAFTA for Best Pre-School Series 2007 & 2008*
*Series 3: BAFTA for Best Animation 2008. *
Series 2: Winner - Best Children’s Programme 2007 Broadcast Awards*
TOMMY ZOOMBBC
Director: Graeme Hattrick, Roger McIntosh
Producers: Stephen Cannon, Helen Baker
JAMIE’S CHEFFresh One Productions
Director: Nick Packer, Laurence Williamson
Producer: Emma Palmer-Watts
Starring: Jamie Oliver
ASYLUMProduction House
Director: Jenni Linko
Producers: Liisa Akimof
* Best Documentary at Lubeck Film Festival, Germany 2007*
DAY OF WRATHAzucar Ents
Director: Adrian Rudomin
Producers: Ashley Sidaway, Kornel Sipos, Sam Sleiman,
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Brian Blessed, Phyllida Law
FLIGHTYDirector: Leigh Hodgkinson
Writer: Leigh Hodgkinson
Producers: Leigh Hodgkinson
* Winner of DePict Short Film Competition, 2006*
SILENCE BECOMES YOU Baltic Film Group
Director: Stephanie Sinclaire
Producers: Karl Richards
Starring: Alicia Silverstone
THE INTIMACY OF STRANGERSNFT
Director: Eva Weber
Producers: Samantha Zarzosa
* Best Short Documentary (Big Sky Film Festival); President’s Award (Full Frame FF); Best Documentary (Balchik FF)*
SUNNY INTERVALS & SHOWERSVBB Productions
Director: Jonathan Goodman Levitt
Producers: Jonathan Goodman Levitt
* Nominated for Grierson Award at BritDoc, 2007. Critics’ choice in Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Times & Time Out.*
LITTLE SCARSNFTS
Director: Jan Bauer
Producers: Teresa Mulqueen
* Best Non-Factual Student Film, Royal Television Society Awards 2004*
THE COMPUTER VIRUSFuture Shorts
Director: Jesse Chambers
Producers: Lola Cary
* Best Comedy, ICA Awards 2004; Screened at Cannes Film Festival, 2004*
MOO(N)Slinky Pictures
Director: Leigh Hodgkinson
Producers: Maria Manton
Starring: Tom Hillerbrand, Robert Llewellyn, Matt Lucas
Director: Leigh Hodgkinson
Producers: Maria Manton
Starring: Tom Hillerbrand, Robert Llewellyn, Matt Lucas

* Nominated for Best Film at the Cutting Edge, and Best Sound in the British Animation Awards 2004*
THE LUCKIEST NUT IN THE WORLDFulcrum TV
Director: Emily James
Producers: Emily James
*'Pick of the day' in Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Sunday Times, Observer & Time Out.*
Best Short Film at Full Frame Documentary Festival, North Carolina, 2003*
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CUBA IN D MINORNFTS
Director: Emily James
Producers: Martino Sclavi
Starring: Russell Brand
* Documentary award, Crested Bute Film Festival, 2001; Best Editing at Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2001*
BABYSITTINGNFTS
Director: Jan Bauer
Producer: Phil Gates
*Best Short Film, Kinofilm Festival (Manchester), 2002*
WAG THE DOGMADirector: Emily James
Producer: Martino Sclavi
* Awarded Kodak/Celect Student film of the year, 2000 Best Documentary - Atlanta Festival, 2001*
INSIDE OUT MANDirector: Jesse Chambers
Producers: Lola Cary
*Awarded Best Short Film, Kinofilm Festival (Manchester), 1999*
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