[Press Release from The Inspiration Room]
Nylon Studios in Sydney, Australia, has won recognition for Original Music Scoring with a Silver Statue at the London International Awards ceremony held on November 10, 2008. The award was given in recognition of music composed by Sydney musician Elliott Wheeler for the extended Herringbone television commercial, “Henri’s Hands”.
Henri’s Hands, a three-minute short film promoting Herringbone Menswear and Womenswear in Australia, features a young man who must come to terms with his miniscule hands. Faced with rejection and misunderstanding he grows in desperation, even to the point of attempting suicide. At the climax of the spot Henri has a epiphany, praying for purpose in life and discovering inspiration in the frayed curtains of his bedroom wall. Henri goes on to live a fulfilled life through his calling as a tailor.
Elliott Wheeler, who composed the score, started with a vocal track designed by fellow composer Scott Langley and went on to build the full orchestration, successfully capturing the right combination of nobility, pathos and wry amusement.
Wheeler says, “We spent a lot of energy on trying to create a musical space that would allow that beautiful narrator’s voice to essentially be our lead instrument, but still provide enough emotional information to fill in the story behind the words”.
Layers of instruments and voices subtly support the French-accented voice-over, with waltz timing providing a sense of both intimacy and whimsy. The “epiphany moment” is heralded by a solo oboe, a moment of fragile beauty that continues through the optimism of the final theme.
The Herringbone advertisement, formed by M&C Saatchi, Sydney, was developed into an art house short film over an extended period of time by film director Garth Davis. Davis took great pains to find exactly the right cast for the lead roles, showing Henri as a child, teenager, young adult and as a senior tailor.
Mark Beckhaus, Executive Producer at Nylon Studios, is delighted with the London International Awards recognition. He remarks, “It was a rare luxury to work with Garth Davis over such a long production time, fine tuning the sound and music together to match his attention to detail and beauty.”
“Henri’s Hands” was awarded with a Gold (Apparel) and two Silver awards (Direction – Visual, and Original Music Scoring) at the London International Awards, mirroring the Gold and two Silvers won at the CLIO Awards held in May 2008.
Elliott Wheeler has been writing music for screen for ten years, working with Nylon Studios and in a freelance capacity.
Nylon Studios began in Sydney in 2002 and is now expanding in the United States with an office recently established in New York. Recent work by the sound and music boutique includes music for the Toohey’s White Stag “Carb Relief” and Toyota Hi Lux “Coconuts” written by Johnny Green, Sony HDD Chicken and Referee written by Oli Chang, and Baz Lurhmann’s Tourism Australia Campaign, written by Elliott Wheeler.
CREDITS FOR HERRINGBONE HENRI
Agency: M&C Saatchi, Sydney
Executive Creative Director: Ben Welsh
Creative Directors: Oliver Devaris/Graham Johnson
Copywriter: Oliver Devaris
Art Director: Graham Johnson
Agency Producer: Rod James
Production Company: Exit Films, Melbourne
Producer: Karen Sproul
Director: Garth Davis
Director of Photography: Greig Fraser
Special Effects Company: Fin Design & Effects, Sydney
Editing Facility: The Butchery, Melbourne
Editor: Jack Hutchings
Sound Design Company: Nylon Studios, Sydney
Sound Design By: Simon Lister/Dave Robertson
Music Production Company: Nylon Studios, Sydney
Music Composer: Elliott Wheeler
Music Lyricist: Elliott Wheeler
Executive producer: Mark Beckhaus