Elia Cmiral scores Splinter
The score that will get under your skin...
Composer Elia Cmiral creates a haunting score
award-winning director Toby Wilkins.
In the film, a convict and his girlfriend carjack a
couple on a weekend retreat in the woods.
The couples soon find themselves trapped
together in an isolated gas station, on the run
from a deadly parasite that occupies the woods
outside. Cmiral will attend the film’s premiere
at ScreamFestLA as the festival’s Centerpiece
film on October 16, 2008. It opens in theaters
on October 31, 2008.
ScreamFestLA, a film festival devoted entirely to
the horror genre, showcases some of the best
independent short and full-length horror films
each year. “Splinter” director Toby Wilkins won
Best Horror Short for his film “Staring at the Sun”
in 2005, garnering the attention of producer
Sam Raimi, who then chose Wilkins to produce,
direct, and write a number of short films for his
production company, Ghost House Pictures.
This year, the festival runs from October 10th to
October 19th at Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6
Theatres in Hollywood, Calif.
No stranger to the world of thrillers, Cmiral scored
“Tooth & Nail” and “The Deaths of Ian Stone,” both
featured at last year’s After Dark Horrorfest.
Most recently, he finished scoring “Pulse 2: Afterlife,”
the sequel to last year’s Wes Craven film, “Pulse,”
for which he also wrote the score. This was Cmiral’s
second collaboration with Craven, having scored
“Wes Craven Presents: They” in 2002. In addition,
he scored John Frankenheimer’s suspense thriller
“Ronin,” starring Robert DeNiro. Cmiral continues
to provide highly original and evocative scores for
major Hollywood studios as well as independent
filmmakers, including “Journey to the End of the Night,”
“Stigmata,” “Bones” and “Species 3.”
Born in Czechoslovakia, Elia Cmiral quickly established
himself as one of Europe’s leading young composers
after graduating from the prestigious Prague Music
Conservatory. He wrote scores for several European
films and three ballets before coming to the United
States to attend USC’s famous Film Scoring Program,
after which he was hired to produce tango-based
music for “Apartment Zero,” composing a now-classic
full length score in a scant ten days. By the mid-1990s,
Cmiral had garnered a reputation with Hollywood
executives, leading to his scoring the successful
“Nash Bridges” television series.