Michelle Scullion is a trained musician, composer, performer and educator, who has been working professionally within the New Zealand entertainment industries since 1975.
As a composer she has written and recorded music for film, television, theatre, radio, contemporary dance, museum installations, corporate visuals and contemporary chamber music.
She had released 5 CD’s of her own music, one a finalist in the NZ Tui awards. Michelle has recorded as a session musician for over four decades on numerous albums, CD’s and other creative projects, including film and television scores by many New Zealand composers and songwriters – most recently for the just released Charlotte Yates album – “Archipelago”.
Her musical style is totally eclectic – from classical to jazz, blues to funk, new age to electronic, rock to country and has a passion for World Music.
As a musician she performs flutes, percussion and is a vocalist. She plays most Western flutes – concert, alto and piccolo. Michelle has a huge collection of Bamboo flutes from all over the globe, and is a specialist in performing Maori flutes including the Koauau and Nguru, of which she also has an ever-increasing collection. She also has quite a collection of percussion instruments – particularly from Latin countries.
She has her own Mac based studio where she records and produces her work, and is a director of her company Melectra Management Ltd, which she owns with her Cinematographer partner Richard Bluck.
She has also taken on the role of Musical Director in many of these live shows. She has also been a musical consultant on film sets, which have had live musical performances on the screen. As a performer, she understands the sensitivity required for this position.
“I have composed for film since 1977”, including the scores for 5 feature films. – the first being “Bad Taste” – director Sir Peter Jackson, the most recent, ”Eternity” – director Alex Galvin. This film is currently being screened at a large number of International Film Festivals in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Michelle has composed the scores for 3 3D ride films, 16 Documentaries, 26 Short Films, 10 Museum Installations and rides, TV Commercials, Corporate Videos and DVD’s, Interactive CD Roms and International television dramas. Some of these have been award-winning productions and many have been finalists in a variety of national and international screen competitions. Her list of clients is vast, as is the breadth of her work and music styles.
As an educator she has been a guest lecturer for screen composition at the NZF&TV School and Victoria University Film and Theatre Department for years.
Michelle prides herself as being a composer who fully supports the story on the screen and at times, loves to tell stories within her music.
Michelle is very happy to support the New Zealand Screen Composers Guild and is very committed in being part of the inauguration of its inception and helping it to become part of the New Zealand Film Industry’s landscape.
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