Louis Febre

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Louis Febre
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Louis Febre
Background information
Birth name Louis Febre
Born (1959-06-21) June 21, 1959 (age 55)
Saltillo, Mexico, Mexico
Genres Television score, Film scores, soundtracks
Occupations Composer
Years active 1992–present
Website http://louisfebre.com

Louis Febre[1] (born June 21, 1959) is a Mexican born composer, best known for his work on the television series Smallville. He also won an Emmy Award for his score to The Cape in 1997.[2]

Life[edit]

Born in the city of Saltillo, Mexico, Febre composed his first works for the piano at age 8 while studying piano at a private academy in Northern Mexico. In 1973, his family moved to Los Angeles where he continued his study of the piano under the tutelage of Robert Turner[3] and Francoise Regnat.[4]

Febre went on to formal composition study with Lorraine Kimball[5] and Frank Campo.[6] During this period, he wrote several chamber works and other large form compositions.

He is married to Lisa Febre, a Los Angeles-area multi-instrumentalist performer and teacher.

Career[edit]

In 1992, Febre was employed by B-movie company PM Entertainment, where he discovered his true compositional passion: film scoring. In 1996, he met his mentor John Debney, a partnership that would produce successful collaborative efforts such as the movie Doctor Who in 1996 and led to Louis’ first television series The Cape which would earn him an Emmy in 1997 for Best Dramatic Underscore.[7]

Febre has enjoyed success with the movies Swimfan (2000), Tower of Terror (Disney) and a set of Scooby-Doo straight-to-video movies in 2001. He earned an Annie Award nomination for his score for Scooby-Doo And The Alien Invaders. That same year, he won a Pixie Award for the independent short film: Revenge of the Red Balloon. According to some critics, his score for Alien Trespass transcended the tepid reviews of the film itself.[8] Variety (magazine) compared it to the classic sci-fi scores of noted composer Bernard Herrmann.[9]

In 2001, Febre collaborated with Steve Jablonsky on the first season of the hit television series Desperate Housewives. As an additional orchestrator, he worked again with John Debney on Cats & Dogs, Jimmy Neutron, the Disney film Chicken Little, Disney World Tokyo, and with Mark Snow on The X-Files (1998).

Smallville[edit]

Febre is probably best known for his work on the hit television series Smallville. With the departure of Mark Snow from Smallville, Febre became the credited composer in season seven. His score reflected the maturation of the series' protagonist, Clark Kent: "as Clark grew emotionally and intellectually more complex, [he] found a need to comment musically on his growth, and as he drew closer to his Superman persona, it became obvious that a 'Superman' theme would be required."[10]

Febre maintains a prominent presence in the Smallville fan community. He is a featured personality on fan sites where he blogs about his process for composing for the show, and several fan magazines have published interviews with him on the subject of score composition for Smallville.

In 2011, Smallville: Score From The Complete Series Vol. 1 with Mark Snow, was released.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
1997 Emmy Award - Best Dramatic Underscore: The Cape Win
1998 BMI TV Music Award Win
2001 Pixie Award - Best Music Score: Revenge of the Red Balloon Win
2001 Annie Award - Best Music Score: Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders Nomination

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Title Studio
Charlie's Angels Sony/ABC
Smallville Warner Bros./WB
Desperate Housewives Touchstone Television/ABC
Birds of Prey Warner Bros./WB
The Fugitive Warner Bros./WB
Mr Murder Pratchett-Kaufman/ABC
Medusa's Child Topanga Productions/NBC
The Cape MTM Television/CBS
LA Heat PM Entertainment

Feature Films[edit]

Title Director Studio
Control Tim Hunter Millennium Films
Nine Lives David Carson Millennium Films
Bad Girls from Mars Fred Olen Ray
Swimfan John Polson 20th Century Fox
A Woman's A Helluva Thing Karen Leigh Hopkins Regent Entertainment
Jack and Gord John Comri C3 Productions, Inc.
Hobb's End Philip David Segal A.V.R.I.O. Filmworks/Avrio Filmworks/Polestar Entertainment Group

Video Feature Films[edit]

Title Director Studio
Scooby-Doo And The Cyber Chase Jim Strenstrum Hanna-Barbera Prod.
Scooby-Doo And The Alien Invaders Jim Strenstrum Hanna-Barbera Prod.
Scooby-Doo And The Witch's Ghost Jim Strenstrum Hanna-Barbera Prod.
The Force Mark Rossman Republic Entertainment
Last Man Standing Joseph Merhi PM Entertainment
Martial Outlaw Karl Anderson Image Organization
Private Wars John Weidner PM Entertainment
Rage Youssef Kdiry, Joseph Merhi PM Entertainment
Scanner Cop Pierre David Image Organization
Serial Killer Pierre David Image Organization
The Silencers Richard Pepin PM Entertainment
Two Bits & Pepper Carey Michael Eubanks Republic Pictures

Cable Films[edit]

Title Director Studio
Time Bomb Steven Gyllenhaal Viacom/CBS
Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life Tom McLoughlin Working Title/Lifetime
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story Russell Mulcahy Orly Adelson Prod/ESPN
Red Water Charles Robert Carner Sony Pictures/TBS
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story Peter Levin Patriarch Pictures / Lifetime
Christmas Rush Charles Robert Carner Sony Pictures TV/TBS
Dead In A Heartbeat Dan Sackheim Shavick Entertainment / TBS
Hidden Target Armand Mastroianni Columbia TriStar TV / TBS
First Target Armand Mastroianni Columbia TriStar TV / TBS
Nowhere To Run Armand Mastroianni Columbia TriStar TV / TBS
Final Run Armand Mastroianni Columbia TriStar TV / TBS
First Daughter Armand Mastroianni Columbia TriStar TV / TBS
To Love, Honor and Betray Peter Levin Orly Adelson / CBS
My Father's Shadow Peter Levin Jaffe Braunstein Films / CBS
Tower Of Terror D.J. McHale Disney TV / ABC
Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax Universal Studios TV / FOX
The Secretary Andrew Lane Imagine / CBS

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