Anne-Kathrin Dern

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Anne-Kathrin Dern
Anne-Kathrin, 2017
Anne-Kathrin, 2017
Background information
Born(1987-07-30)July 30, 1987
Eutin, Germany
GenresFilm Score
Occupation(s)Composer
Years active2012-present

Anne-Kathrin Dern (born July 30, 1987) is a German composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to "Fearless" (Netflix, 2020), "The Claus Family" trilogy (Netflix, 2020-2022), "Help I Shrunk My Parents [de]" (2018), "Four Enchanted Sisters" (Buena Vista International, 2020), her works for Hallmark Media, as well as her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on "Leap!" (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Anne-Kathrin Dern was born in Eutin (Eastern Holstein), Germany. She later grew up in Hildesheim (Lower Saxony), Oebisfelde (Saxony-Anhalt), and Peine (Lower Saxony). After graduating from the Ratsgymnasium Peine in 2007, she went on to study at the musicube academy. Once she had obtained her Basic Film Music Composer certification, she moved to the Netherlands to further her studies with the film scoring program at the ArtEZ Conservatory. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in 2012, Dern moved to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA Film Scoring program where she concluded her studies.[1]

Sample library development[edit]

In early 2013, Dern was hired by sample developer Cinesamples.[2] As part of their in-house team she helped develop new virtual instruments as well as updates to existing libraries. Products Dern worked on include

  • CinePerc Core / Pro / Epic / Aux v1.1[3]
  • CineWinds Core / Pro v1.1[4]
  • CineBells v1.1[5]
  • CineSymphony Lite[6]
  • World Series: Dulcimer & Zither[7]
  • CineStrings Core v1.0[8]
  • CineStrings Runs v1.0[9]
  • Artist Series: Tina Guo[10]
  • Deep Percussion Beds 2[11]
  • Tina Guo Acoustic Legato[12]

After resigning from her full-time position at Cinesamples in late 2014, Dern continued to sporadically work for other sample developers, including SonicSmiths (The Foundry)[13] and VIR2 / Big Fish Audio (Aeris Hybrid Choir Designer,[14] Apollo Cinematic Guitars,[15] Mojo Horns Vol. 2). She also programmed a private percussion library for the music production and publishing company Ninja Tracks[16]

Film composition[edit]

Cinesamples' sister company Hollywood Scoring[17] hired Dern in 2014 as a mockup artist and staff composer. As part of the team she worked on productions like Riot Games' League of Legends, Microsoft's HALO V: Guardians, Disney's The Pirate Fairy, Fox's Gracepoint, and many more. A mockup she created for Alan Menken ultimately led to her being brought onto Christopher Lennertz' Galavant composing team, working on both seasons of ABC's medieval comedy musical. At the same time she also worked as an orchestrator and technical assistant at William Ross' studio Momentum.

Throughout most of 2015, Dern worked with Pinar Toprak on the Warner Bros. / Skydance production Geostorm. She also collaborated with composer Ryan Shore on his animated series Penn Zero: Part-time Hero and his Universal movie Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls. Later in 2015, Dern also worked as a temporary assistant at Steve Jablonsky's studio Arata Music, lending a hand on The Last Witch Hunter.

In early 2016, Dern accepted an internship position at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. Shortly after the internship, composer Klaus Badelt took notice of her and invited her onto his writing team for the animated movie Ballerina. Aside from her involvement in the score, Dern also wrote orchestral arrangements to some of the movie's songs by Sia and Chris Braide. It was later released in U.S. territories under the title Leap!. While working on several theme park rides with Badelt, Dern was also selected as one of the 12 composers for the annual ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop by Richard Bellis.[18][19]

In early 2017, Dern collaborated with composer Emir Isilay on the Pakistani drama Saawan which won several score awards and was selected as Pakistan's official entry for the Academy Awards. This production was quickly followed by the Chinese-American drama The Jade Pendant based on the novel by L.P. Leung, and the German fantasy movie Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (aka Hexe Lilli rettet Weihnachten) based on the popular children's books by Knister. Both scores led to several positive nods by critics[20][21] and most notably garnered her a coveted IFMCA nomination for Breakthrough Film Composer Of The Year. Several other feature film productions followed, including the indie drama Captain Black by Jeffrey Johnson, a German kid's comedy called Help I Shrunk My Parents (aka Hilfe, ich hab meine Eltern geschrumpft), and - resuming her work with Klaus Badelt - the Chinese drama Legend Of The Demon Cat by Chen Kaige. Dern also collaborated with British composer Daniel James on a Mongolian play and worked on iGot Games' Lords Mobile, once again with Badelt.

In 2018, Dern continued to collaborate with Klaus Badelt on productions such as Wish (Prana Studios), Ocean's 8 (Warner Bros.), and iGotGames' mobile games Castle Clash and Galaxy Mobile. She also wrote an orchestral song arrangement for the song Back To Earth by Chris Braide for Netflix' animated movie Trouble. Dern went on to collaborate with Enrico Natale (More Productions) and Elease Patrick for the award-winning short film Broken and later signed on to write the score for the award-winning Pakistani feature drama Allahu Akbar (2019).

In 2019, Dern once again teamed up with blue eyes Fiction to write the score for Four Enchanted Sisters, which was released by Disney in January 2020. Dern also scored the animated Netflix Original Fearless (2020 film) (2020) and went on to write additional music for the feature documentary Angle (2020).

In 2020, she wrote the score for blue eyes Fiction's sequel Help I Shrunk My Friends (2021) and the Netflix Christmas movie The Claus Family (2020). She also produced a song arrangement for Netflix' Academy Award winning animated short If Anything Happens I Love You (2020).

In 2021, Dern scored several Hallmark Media titles (Her Pen Pal, One Summer) and dove into the horror thriller genre with The Devil Conspiracy by Nathan Frankowski. She also returned for Netflix' The Claus Family 2 and scored Cristina Zenato's underwater short Where My World Begins.

Dern started 2022 with 3 more Hallmark Media productions (Presence of Love, Love Classified, Ghosts of Christmas Always) and an art horror film called Have.Hold.Take by DC Hamilton. She is set to return for The Claus Family 3 (Netflix) and has signed on to work on Julien Kerknawi's war drama "The Last Front", starring Iain Glen and Sasha Luss.

Dern's piece "He Is Not Coming Back" was performed by the Orchestra Moderne under the direction of Amy Andersson at Lincoln Center, NY, as part of the concert "Women Warriors: Voices of Change". The program was later recorded as an album and went on to win a Grammy Award in 2022. As part of her initiative to promote the visibility of ethnic and gender minorities in film scoring, Dern was an elected board member of the AWFC from 2019-2021. Additionally, with over 27,000 subscribers, she is the first female composer to establish a successful educational YouTube channel, in an effort to provide visibility and free knowledge to the aspiring composer community. Dern is a member of the performing rights organizations ASCAP and GEMA. She is represented by Michal Marks from A-Muse Management.

Reviews[edit]

Dern has received very favorable reviews of her works, most notably Lilly's Bewitched Christmas and The Jade Pendant. Jonathan Broxton, president of the IFMCA, particularly points out the very traditional melodic writing in his review for The Jade Pendant: "The score is built around a stunning – and I do mean stunning – main theme. Rich, classical, lush, emotional, written for the full orchestra, with the main melody carried by different instruments depending on the situation, it’s one of the best new main themes of the year. Think of all the great Chinese-style themes played by a western orchestra: John Williams’s Memoirs of a Geisha, Rachel Portman’s Joy Luck Club, Conrad Pope’s Pavilion of Women, Klaus Badelt’s The Promise [...]. This is up there with them."[22] About Lilly's Bewitched Christmas he says "...it shows her to have a fluid orchestral style filled with easy thematic ideas, lovely harmonies, and – on this score, specifically, a wonderful whimsical way of conveying the magic of Christmas. [...] The score has quite a bit in common with other seasonal efforts like John Williams’s Home Alone, Danny Elfman’s Edward Scissorhands, John Debney’s Elf, Bruce Broughton’s Miracle on 34th Street, Alan Silvestri’s The Polar Express, and others of that type, in the way it blends a full and lush orchestra with seasonal orchestrations – chimes, sleigh bells, glockenspiels, and even an occasional choir. [...] There’s also more than a hint of Williams’s music for the first two Harry Potter scores in the way it conveys the mood of magic and witchcraft – the string phrasing, the woodwind counterpoint, the frisky and mischievous tempos, the frequent use of a celesta." He further describes "Anne Kathrin Dern as a serious talent to watch".[23]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009 Verder by Gloed (Album) Arranger
2010 Slaapmonsters (Documentary) Composer
2012 Born, Not Raised (Documentary Short)
2013 Stolepark (Feature Film)
Paperplane (Video Short)
League of Legends - The Freljord (Video Game) Arranger, Score Coordinator
2014 The Pirate Fairy (Feature Film, Video Game) Additional Score Programmer
Gracepoint (TV Series) Arranger, Vocalist
One Christmas Eve (Feature Film) Orchestrator
2015 James (Short) Composer
A Broken Man (Short)
Penn Zero: Part-time Hero (TV Series) Score Programmer (4 Episodes)
In Utero (Documentary) Technical Score Advisor
R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (Feature Film) Arranger, Score Programmer
The Last Witch Hunter (Feature Film) Pro Tools Synthmaster Preparation
HALO V: Guardians (Video Game) Additional Music Arranger, Sample Development
Galavant Season 01 (TV Series) Score Arranger, Score Programmer (3 Episodes)
2016 Lotte World Seoul: Fly Venture (Theme Park Ride) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Galavant Season 02 (TV Series) Score Arranger, Score Programmer (10 Episodes)
Leap! (aka Ballerina) (Feature Film) Additional Music, Song Arrangements
WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation (Feature Film) Composer
2017 Saawan (Feature Film) Composer (with Emir Isilay)
Vriend Van Goud (Short) Composer
Geostorm (Feature Film) Additional Score Programmer
The Jade Pendant (Feature Film) Composer
The Legend of the Mongolian War Horse (Play) Composer (with Daniel James)
Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (aka Hexe Lilli rettet Weihnachten) (Feature Film) Composer
The Future Is Female (Short) Self
The Legend of the Demon Cat (Feature Film) Composer: Additional Music
2018 Tides of Fate (Documentary) Score Programmer
Putting All The Eggs In One Basket (Feature Film) Composer (with System)
Captain Black (Feature Film) Composer
Help I Shrunk My Parents (aka Hilfe, ich habe meine Eltern geschrumpft!) (Feature Film)
Lords Mobile (Video Game) Arranger
Broken (Short) Composer
Ocean's 8 (Feature Film) Additional Arrangements
2019 Lotte World Shenyang: Cosmic World (Theme Park Ride) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Galaxy Mobile (Video Game)
Trouble (Feature Film) Song Arranger & Orchestrator
Castle Clash (Video Game) Composer (with Klaus Badelt)
Allahu Akbar (Feature Film) Composer
The Sound Of Identity (Documentary Feature) Additional Music & Arrangements
2020 Four Enchanted Sisters (Feature Film) Composer
Fearless (Feature Film)
If Anything Happens I Love You (Short Film) Song Producer
The Claus Family (Feature Film) Composer
2021 Help I Shrunk My Friends (Feature Film)
Women Warriors: Voices of Change (Feature Documentary)
The Claus Family 2 (Feature Film)
Where My World Begins (Documentary Short)
Her Pen Pal (Feature Film)
One Summer (Feature Film)
2022 Presence of Love (Feature Film)
Love Classified (Feature Film)
LionHeart (TV Pilot)
Angle (Feature Documentary) Additional Music
The Claus Family 3 (Feature Film) Composer
The Ghost Of Christmas Always (Feature Film)
2023 Life (Short)
Wish (Feature Film)
Have.Hold.Take (Feature Film)
Devil (Feature Film)
The Last Front (Feature Film)

Soundtrack Releases[edit]

Year Title Label
2014 A Broken Man (Original Film Score) CD Baby
2017 Vriend van Goud (Original Film Score)
2018 The Jade Pendant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media (physical release by Quartet Records)
Lilly's Bewitched Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media (physical release by Kronos Records)
ShortCuts 2018: The Best Of Original Short Motion Picture Scores MovieScore Media
2019 Help I Shrunk My Parents (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Legend of the War Horse
2020 Sprite Sisters - Vier Zauberhafte Schwestern (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) BMG
Fearless (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Equity
The Claus Family (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media (physical release by KeepMoving Records)
2021 Help I Shrunk My Friends (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media
The Claus Family 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) MovieScore Media (physical release by KeepMoving Records)
2022 Where My World Begins CD Baby

[24][25][26][27][28][29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated Work Result
2015 Ciné Public Film Festival Best Soundtrack A Broken Man Nominated
2017 Madrid International Film Festival, Spain Best Original Score Saawan Nominated
2017 Salento International Film Festival Best Soundtrack Saawan Won
2017 IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Breakthrough Film Composer Of The Year The Jade Pendant / Lilly's Bewitched Christmas Nominated
2017 Movie Music UK Awards Breakthrough Composer Of The Year The Jade Pendant / Lilly's Bewitched Christmas Nominated
2017 Reel Music Awards Original Score For A Fantasy/Science-Fiction/Horror Feature Lilly's Bewitched Christmas Nominated
2018 Burbank International Film Festival Best Feature Film Score The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Burbank International Film Festival Best Short Film Score Vriend Van Goud Won
2018 Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité) Alex North Award for Best Original Score in a Feature Film The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité) Best Original Song The Sailor's Lament (from 'The Jade Pendant') Nominated
2018 Jerry Goldsmith Awards Best Original Score for a Feature Film The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score - Independent Film (Foreign Language) The Jade Pendant Nominated
2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score - Short Film (Foreign Language) Vriend van Goud Nominated
2018 Movie Music UK Awards Best Comedy Score Help I Shrunk My Parents Nominated
2018 Reel Music Awards Original Score For A Comedy Feature Help I Shrunk My Parents Nominated
2019 Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité) Best Original Score in a Short Film Broken Nominated
2019 Reel Music Awards New Archival Release (Physical Media) Legend Of The War Horse Nominated
2020 Nice International Film Festival Best Original Score in a Feature Film Allahu Akbar Nominated
2020 Movie Music UK Awards Best Original Score For An Animated Film Fearless Nominated
2020 Movie Music International Awards Best Score For An Animated Movie Fearless Won
2020 Hollywood Music In Media Awards Outstanding Score - TV Movie/Streaming Fearless Nominated
2020 ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Award Won
2021 IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Best Original Score For An Animated Feature Fearless Nominated
2021 Chicago Indie Film Awards Best Composer (Shared) Women Warriors: Voices of Change Won
2021 New York Independent Cinema Awards Best Composer (Shared) Women Warriors: Voices of Change Won
2021 Movie Music UK Awards Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Film The Claus Family 2 Nominated
2022 Society of Composers and Lyricists Awards David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent The Claus Family Nominated
2022 ASCAP Screen Music Awards Documentary Score Of The Year Women Warriors: Voices Of Change Nominated

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