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A Composer's Dream

A Composer's Dream

| 7 min

This short film demonstrates how Howard Shore has distinguished himself as one of Canada's most accomplished - and versatile - composers.

During woodland rambles with his beloved dogs, Shore gives free rein to his ceaseless creativity. Whether composing delicate counterpoint or Oscar®-winning movie music, Shore is keenly tuned to a remarkable range of musical expression.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Howard Shore
  • writer
    Barbara Willis-Sweete
  • director
    Barbara Willis-Sweete
  • producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • director of photography
    Chase Bowman
  • lighting designer
    Ned Hallick
  • editor
    Laura Young
  • sound recordist
    Tyler Cartner
  • 1st assistant camera
    David Feeney-Mosier
  • data management technician
    Marque DeWinter
  • Jib operator
    John Kosmaczewski
  • gaffer
    John Roche
  • best boy grip
    Eleazar, III Guajardo
    Huttemberg Nassar
    Tim Curtin
  • sound design
    Garnet Willis
    David Matthews
  • mix
    Garnet Willis
    David Matthews
  • post sound facility
  • colourist
    Jon Fordham
  • online editor
    Rocky Polidoro
  • production manager
    Erin Sweeney
  • production consultant
    Amanda Coles
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
    Marcus Matyas
  • technical coordinator
    Christopher Logan
    Drew Stevenson
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • production coordinator
    Rachel Punwassie
  • production assistant
    Marymichael D'Onofrio
    Christopher Essey
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 11 to 15

Arts Education - Art
Arts Education - Music
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education

What is a muse? Why is it significant in art? Research an artist/muse relationship, share meaning with the class. Discuss Howard Shore’s methodical approach to music, and formulas he mentioned for different types of music. Listen to works by Shore. What does he try to convey through his work? Does he achieve this? Have students interpret his work through poetry, art or dance.

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