South African film “White Lion” scored on Sibelius

Credit: Peru Productions (Pty) Ltd
Credit: Peru Productions (Pty) Ltd

We hear a lot about high-profile Hollywood (and even the odd British) movie that’s been scored in Sibelius, but I was pleased to hear about the South African film, White Lion, which has been scored in Sibelius. According to

Howard and Lizzie Rennie worked for three weeks with composer Philip Miller on orchestrating the music for White Lion. Miller would email a sound clip of the score he had composed in software programme Cubase as well as a PDF score of certain elements. This was then imported into music notation software – Sibelius.

The orchestrations were discussed with Miller and then Howard and Rennie would augment the music into a full score for symphony orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Sibelius was also used to print out the full score for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Alan Stephenson and all the parts for the orchestral players. These parts had to be absolutely perfect as any mistakes would eat up the valuable studio time.

Composer Philip Miller is a prominent film composer in South Africa, as his biography shows. It’s always great to hear that Sibelius is relied upon by professionals all over the world in time-sensitive, high-pressure situations like film scoring.

I don’t know if this film is set for release here in the UK or in the US, but I shall be keeping an eye out for it.

If you know of any other films from outside the US or UK being scored in Sibelius, get in touch — I’d love to hear from you!

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