EoM Senior Interviewer Thomas Manning recently spoke with Emmy-winning composer Denise Santos about her career. Santos talks about working in various genres and mediums, the importance of telling the stories that are often overlooked, and why she loves dark comedy.
If you prefer an audio version, you can listen to the full interview here:
Denise Santos is an Emmy-winning Filipino musician and composer based in Los Angeles, California. Having previously worked as in-house composer at Hans Zimmer and Sony/ATV’s Bleeding Fingers Music, her music has been heard in a multitude of movies and tv shows, most recently in Island of the Sea Wolves (Netflix), Eden: Untamed Planet (BBC America), and Primates (BBC One/PBS), for which she was awarded the 2021 News & Doc Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition. That same year, she was also awarded the ASCAP Foundation Michelle & Dean Kay Award for emerging composers in the LA area, recognizing her body of work and promising career. Largely influenced by classical, orchestral, rock, and pop music, Denise loves to blend these different genres to create uniquely powerful compositions that help uplift diverse stories, filmmakers, and creators.
For more information, head to Denise Santos’s official website.
Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.