David Schweitzer

Possessing a hugely unique and inventive way with composition and song writing, 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 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 read 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 short film, Inside Out Man (the winner of Best Film at Kino 1999), he decided to pursue music for picture at the National Film and Television School, where he received a diploma in Screen Music.

While at film school, David worked on a wide range of short films, including many animations. He worked several times with documentary maker, Emily James, writing music and lyrics for a number of ‘musical documentaries’, including Wag the Dogma, A Brief History of Cuba in D minor, and The Luckiest Nut in the World, all of which went on to win awards. In these projects, David combined humorous lyrics and quirky (but very 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, as well as a series of songs for BBC’s Newsnight in the run-up to the 2005 General Election.

David created 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), using a combination of real orchestra and samples.

In the last five years David has cemented his reputation in two areas in particular: he has created intricate and unique soundtracks for a number of landmark BBC documentary series, including Wonders of Life (with Brian Cox), Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds, Inside the Human Body and Britain from Above (with Andrew Marr). All these scores have combined epic orchestral themes with electronic and frequently experimental styles.

With the other half of his musical brain, 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 (which, unusually for a kids’ show, won Best Original Score at the RTS Craft Awards in 2007), David wrote the soundtracks for The Cat in Hat Knows A Lot About That! (a hit show around the world, the title theme of which was also nominated for an Emmy), and Mike the Knight (a global success for Hit Entertainment).

He is currently working on a second series of Mike the Knight, a brand new show for CBeebies, called Q Pootle 5 (airing Autumn 2013), and a series of ‘toons’, based on the global app phenomenon Angry Birds, for Rovio Entertainment.

CREDITS:

Angry Birds: Toons Rovio Ents
Producers: Soren Fleng, Johanna Raman
Wonders Of Life BBC
Directors: Gideon Bradshaw, Michael Lachman, Stephen Cooter, Paul Olding
Producers: James Van Der Pool
Exec Producer: Andrew Cohen
Presenter: Brian Cox
Supersized Earth BBC
Director: Rob Liddell, Nat Sharman, Nigel Walk
Producers: Simon Finch
Exec Producer: Helen Thomas
Presenter: Dallas Campbell
Mike The Knight Hit Entertainment/ Nelvana
Director: Richard Raymond
Producers: Jo Jordan, Denise Green
Q Pootle 5 Snapper Productions / Blue Zoo
Director: Adam Shaw
Producers: Ben Butterworth, Nick Butterworth
Inside The Human Body BBC
Directors: Annabel Gillings, Gideon Bradshaw, Nat Sharman, Rob Liddell
Producers: Alice Hape
Exec Producer: Andrew Cohen
Presenter: Michael Mosley
Me And My Monsters Tiger 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 That Collingwood 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 Worlds BBC
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 Harry Juniper Productions / BBC
Director: Alexander Marengo
Producers: Alexander Marengo
Mother Of Many ArthurCox
Director: Luisa Pretolani
Producers: Vikki Scott, Mark Wolfe
Starring: Selma Blair, Richard Dreyfuss
* BAFTA Winner for Best Animated Short, 2010*
Britain From Above Lion 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***
Comrades Simtar Productions
Director: Poppy Simpson, Dagmar Tartarczyk
Producers: Callen Hodgkiss, Poppy Simpson
* Nominated for First Appearance award at IDFA, 2008*
Charlie And Lola Tiger 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 Zoom BBC
Director: Graeme Hattrick, Roger McIntosh
Producers: Stephen Cannon, Helen Baker
Jamie’s Chef Fresh One Productions
Director: Nick Packer, Laurence Williamson
Producer: Emma Palmer-Watts
Starring: Jamie Oliver
Asylum Production House
Director: Jenni Linko
Producers: Liisa Akimof
* Best Documentary at Lubeck Film Festival, Germany 2007*
Day Of Wrath Azucar Ents
Director: Adrian Rudomin
Producers: Ashley Sidaway, Kornel Sipos, Sam Sleiman,
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Brian Blessed, Phyllida Law
Flighty Director: 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 Strangers NFT
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 & Showers VBB 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 Scars NFTS
Director: Jan Bauer
Producers: Teresa Mulqueen
* Best Non-Factual Student Film, Royal Television Society Awards 2004*
The Computer Virus Future 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
* Nominated for Best Film at the Cutting Edge, and Best Sound in the British Animation Awards 2004*
The Luckiest Nut In The World Fulcrum 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 Minor NFTS
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*
Babysitting NFTS
Director: Jan Bauer
Producer: Phil Gates

*Best Short Film, Kinofilm Festival (Manchester), 2002*
Wag The Dogma Director: Emily James
Producer: Martino Sclavi
* Awarded Kodak/Celect Student film of the year, 2000 Best Documentary - Atlanta Festival, 2001*
Inside Out Man Director: Jesse Chambers
Producers: Lola Cary
*Awarded Best Short Film, Kinofilm Festival (Manchester), 1999*
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