Paul E. Francis started composing for film back in 2006 when he was asked by composer David A.Hughes to co-compose the music for an all star adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s, “The Hogfather”. The two-part TV series was a huge hit, and the producers quickly put out the much anticipated follow up, “The Color of Magic”, which featured another all star cast such as Sean Astin, Jeromy Irons, Tim Curry, and Christopher Lee, amongst others. The use of magical and epic undertones helped bring the score and subsequently the story, to life.
Since that time, Paul has worked on numerous productions for film and television, as well as working with some of the world’s leading orchestras. Recently, Paul began working with horror movie director, Paul Hyatt on his films “The Seasoning House” and “Howl’. “Howl” is a film about a group of midnight commuters, who find themselves having to fight for their survival against a pack of werewolves. Paul is set to score Paul Hyatt’s next film, “Heretiks”, later this year.
Paul is now living and working full time in Los Angeles. Over the past year, Paul has had an opportunity to work on a variety of projects; one of them being the television mini-series, “The Parallax Theory”, which is a drama about a young astro-physicist who incorrectly predicts a dooms day meteorite. The series was produced by Ron Howard’s new digital film company, New Form Digital.
As a child of the 80’s, Paul’s musical inspirations growing up were John Williams, Alan Silvestri, and Ennio Morricone; along with bands such as Radiohead and Goldfrapp. In particular, John Murphy has always inspired Paul while writing horror and action scores. Paul listens to a wide variety of artists that inspire him in different ways; however, he makes it a point to always ensure that his music stays authentic to his own self and style.
Currently, Paul is scoring a new television series for Warner Bros Animation titled, “Bunnicula”, which is based on the bestselling children’s book. The series follows the paranormal comedy adventures of Bunnicula the vampire rabbit, who instead of drinking blood, drains the juice of carrots and other vegetables to boost his supernatural abilities. The score is dark and magical, with all the comedic undertones one would expect to hear in such a production.
2016 aims to be a year of continuously rising momentum for Paul, and he is eager to get involved with other productions that will expand his horizon as a composer.