Elia Cmíral

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Elia David Cmíral (pronounced ts:mee-rahl; born October 1, 1950)[1][2] is a Czech composer for film, television, ballet,[3] and video games. He has worked on numerous projects across multiple genres, though he is arguably best known for his work in the thriller and horror cinema, and has collaborated with filmmakers like Wes Craven, John Frankenheimer, John Travolta, and Ernest Dickerson.

Early life & Career[edit]

Cmíral was born in Czechoslovakia, to an actress and a stage director, and was the grandson of one of Antonín Dvořák’s pupils.[4] Cmiral attended the Prague Conservatory, where he studied composition and double bass.[5] Elia’s first scoring opportunity came with his father’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac.[6] He emigrated to Sweden, during which he composed for a number of European films, television shows, and stage productions.[7] In 1987 moved to the United States, where he attended the University of Southern California and scored for an independent film entitled Apartment Zero.

As a composer, he is best known for his work in the horror and thriller film genres, with notable examples including Ronin, Bones, Stigmata, They, Wrong Turn, Pulse, and Piranha 3DD. He has also composed for the television series Nash Bridges, the first and third entries in the Atlas Shrugged film series; an adaptation of the best-selling Ayn Rand novel of the same name.[8] He has also composed and the award-winning adventure game The Last Express and the third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line. As well as working in Hollywood, he has also composed numerous scores for film made in Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Personal Life[edit]

Cmíral currently resides in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.[9]


Feature Films[edit]


  • 2017 Lacrimosa (short)
  • 2010 Call Me Bill (short)
  • 2003 Son of Satan
  • 2003 Eliza Dushku: Babe in the Woods (video documentary short)
  • 2003 Fresh Meat: The Wounds of 'Wrong Turn' (video documentary short)
  • 2003 Stan Winston: Monster Mogul (video documentary short)
  • 2002 Diggin' Up 'Bones' (video short)
  • 1999 The Decadent Visitor (short)
  • 1998 Prophecies (documentary)
  • 1998 Visions of America (documentary)
  • 1997 Babies for Babies (documentary)
  • 1997 Sunsets by Candlelight (documentary)
  • 1988 Alfred Jarry - Superfreak (short)


Video games[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sfi.se/sv/svensk-filmdatabas/Item/?type=PERSON&itemid=169776
  2. ^ http://radaris.com/ng/pb/Elia/Cmiral/CA/report
  3. ^ "Shaman | Elia Cmiral". www.eliacmiral.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/56/Elia-Cmiral.html
  5. ^ "About | Elia Cmiral". www.eliacmiral.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  6. ^ "About | Elia Cmiral". www.eliacmiral.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  7. ^ "About | Elia Cmiral". www.eliacmiral.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  8. ^ Atlas Shrugged Movie: The First 10 Minutes
  9. ^ "About | Elia Cmiral". www.eliacmiral.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 

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