Production News

Michael Walters. Composer

  1. We are very pleased to announce that Michael Walters will be joining our team as Composer of the film score.
    Michael Walters is the Founder and Director at Storm Force Winds. He holds a PhD in Composition and Psychology from the University of Leeds, UK and hasbeen awarded Fellowships in Composition from the Victoria, Trinity and London Colleges of Music. Michael's catalogue of concert music is published globally and he has been fortunate to receive three Royal Premieres (Regius Adventum 2006, Centuries 2010, Viginti 2014). His music has also been broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 Concert Series (Zygonic De/regeneration 2012, Seven Minutes of Contrarian Zygonicity 2013). In 2017, Michael joined the emerging talent roster at acclaimed Film and TV composer agency SMA Talent Ltd.

Now forging a career in production music, Michael recently composed the winning entry to the ThinkSpace Trailer Competition ('The Edge') and is the composer for the brand new e-comic series 'The Night of the Biplanes'; a homage to the heroes and heroines of World War 1. During 2016 he composed the original score for the Nanyang animation 'The Girl Upstairs', was the contracted composer for the Kamoon Film shorts 'Bragging Rights' & 'Mirror, Mirror' in addition to composing the original score for the latest release from Paternoster Productions 'Red Hoodie' (UK Screen One Film Festival Official Selection). Michael is also currently providing numerous tracks for the Paradox Interactive game 'Crusader Kings II' and is also a regular contributor to a number of production music libraries in the UK and US.

Press Release


Short Contemporary “Western” Seeks Interest and Capital The Wasteland is an independent film production from Nine Ladies Film, written and directed by Derbyshire filmmaker Stuart Wheeldon. Stuart is co-producing the work with Nick John Whittle, a screenwriter and film producer from Birmingham. The screenplay itself calls upon the experience and inimitable talents of British actors Paul Dewdney (Crossroads (2015), The Inquiry (2016)), Johanna Stanton (Dead Hungry (2009), Nightmare Box (2013)), and Irish actor Bern Deegan (Point of no Return (2016), The Telephone (2017)). The Wasteland features an original soundtrack to be scored by Michael Walters, founder and director of the bespoke music production company Storm Force Winds. Michael’s catalogue of concert music is published globally and his music has been broadcast on BBC radio and television, Sky TV and Fox TV.  Nine Ladies Film - owned and managed by Stuart - is keen to produce The Wasteland as soon as possible. The screenplay is a modern day mystery thriller which follows Laurence, a loner and a drifter with a hidden past who arrives in a small village on the offer of work from local farmer Frank. Taking the job of rebuilding a stonewall Laurence becomes intrigued with Holly, the enigmatic wife of Frank.  Holly’s own troubles with depression and domestic abuse lead Laurence on a new journey; a journey that he soon wishes he had not begun. For more information, please visit the film’s web page. The Wasteland is scheduled to be shot in and around the Derbyshire Dales in July 2017. By using the rugged landscape as a backdrop, facets of each character can be brought to bear against a natural and dynamic mise en scène. The cast and crew are now secured for the project; locations are being scouted with some already agreed upon. The producers are seeking funding by generous donors through their LiveTree page or by private arrangement and would like to urge all supporters of independent cinema to promote the concept and grow interest. Stuart has been meaning to write a contemporary “western” thriller for some time. The Wasteland’s subject matter lends itself perfectly to his home county’s beautiful and sometimes desolate outlook.  Not only has he written a narrative of depth and substance but so too are the pertinent subjects of domestic abuse and mental illness engaged with in a sensitive and powerful way. The producers believe that such a film, with its enigmatic subtext and dark, brooding emotions will strike a chord with today’s audiences.  … ED: Website: http://www.wastelandshortfilm.comDirector/Producer Stuart Wheeldon Stuart@nineladiesfilm.comFacebook: @thewastelandshortfilmTwitter: @wastelandshortf Link to promo video.

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