10th IMA Judge: Alex Wurman Wins Emmy for Compositional Work
Film composer Alex Wurman won the 2010 “Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for A Miniseries, Movie, Or Special” for the HBO film Temple Grandin.
Wurman was nominated in 2008 in the same category
for the HBO film, “Bernard and Doris.” According to
“Temple Grandin” director Mick Jackson, “Wurman’s
score for ‘Temple Grandin’ is astonishing and truly original
– both cosmic and intimate, full of boundless energy,
yet movingly simple. An amazing achievement.
This music really finds and gives voice to the true spirit
of the movie.” The film stars Claire Danes as a young
woman who persevered while struggling with
autism at a time when it was still quite unknown.
The film chronicles Temple’s early diagnosis to her
emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and
understanding of animal behavior.
When it came to scoring “Temple Grandin,” Wurman took
the assignment and the challenges of Autistism very
personally, “My nephew is autistic and I’ve learned alot from
him and my tireless sister. This film gave me the opportunity
create music that conveys the frantic, smart and passionate
mindset of Temple Grandin,” said Wurman.
During his career, Wurman has shown himself to be a truly
versatile composer with a broad musical palette: the eerie,
spare piano melodies of “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind,”
the lush 85 piece orchestral chases of “Hollywood Homicide,”
avant-heartland score to the Emmy nominated HBO film
“Normal,” groovy ‘70’s themes for the outrageous comedy
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” contemporary
interpretations of French impressionism for “Thirteen
Conversations About One Thing” and soulful melodies
combined with ethereal orchestrations for “March of the
Penguins,” in which the music gives voice to the characters.
His signature style is defined by an emphasis on harmony,
rhythm and melody, not sound design.
After studying music at the American Conservatory of Music in
Chicago, Alex Wurman moved to Los Angeles to pursue film
music scoring. Independent films started coming his way, and
soon he was working with directors such as John August,
Doug Liman and Ron Shelton. Wurman’s resume reflects the
quality and diversity of his talent. Wurman’s next film,
The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman,
will be released nationwide on August 20.
He is also scoring the 2011 feature “The Convincer.”