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Award-winning Composer, Simon Franglen Geeks Out About Gear

Host Cirina Catania, talks with world-famous composer and producer, British born, Simon Franglen, who started out as a musician and record producer, and soon began working with composers such as John Barry on the soundtrack to “Dances with Wolves,” David Fincher’s “Se7en,” and David Cronenberg’s ”Crash.”

He produced the vocals for “Moulin Rouge” and programmed on the “Bodyguard” soundtrack. And his collaborations with artists over the years include the likes of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, Luciano Pavarotti, Toni Braxton, and Madonna.


James Cameron’s “Titanic,” sailed him to a Grammy Award for Record of the Year as producer of “My Heart Will Go On,” and Golden Globe, Grammy Award, and World Soundtrack Award nominations for the theme song from that same film, “My Heart Will Go On.”

He worked alongside James Horner for many years as arranger and score producer. When Horner tragically died in 2016, it was Franglen who completed his score to “The Magnificent Seven”

All in all…he has over 400 major credits in genres ranging from English Grime rap, to classical and everything in between.

And his latest works are equally stunning, with ground-breaking 3D audio mixes for installations in the U.S., Europe, and China.

Cirina caught up with him during a recent trip to his studio in Hollywood and they geeked out about his gear and his workflow, including his love for all the OWC equipment that has stood loyally by him for many years! It was an enlightening conversation!

For those of you who are interested in creating music, Simon shared his process we are happy to pass it on to you! Stand by this is going to be fun!


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Cirina Catania, CEO of Catania Studios, an international film company, is one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists.

She is a tech evangelist, futurist, and hosts podcasts in her spare time! (OWC RADiO at OWCRADiO.com and the Oh!Zone on USTimes.biz)  Cirina is a partner in Lumberjack System, offering creative and time-saving solutions to video editors and producers, as well as Tech Evangelist for companies such as Blackmagic Design, etc. 

Cirina is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, IATSE Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer’s Association, and more.

She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery.

She is the director of “Kionte’s Storey,” a feature doc currently in post-production after five years of filming an athletic and charismatic wounded warrior in his travels pursuing his dreams.

Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job!

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