In 1989, he moved to America for USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. His year at USC culminated with the scoring of his first American feature, "Apartment Zero." Over the next decade, Elia continued building a reputation for himself in Sweden and in America. One highlight from this time is his score for the first season of Don Johnson's "Nash Bridges." In 1998, Elia scored his first studio feature, John Frankenheimer's suspense thriller "Ronin," starring Robert DeNiro. Cmiral's score earned him the Movieline Young Hollywood Award for Best Soundtrack of 1998. In the last 10 years, Elia has written over two-dozen scores for independent films, TV and major studios.
Some highlights include his scores for "Stigmata," "Wrong Turn," "Journey to the End of the Night," and the "Pulse" trilogy. Elia's musical style combines contemporary electronica with the modern orchestra, joining cutting edge technology and production with evocative and haunting melodic themes. In the last year, Cmiral's scores for "The Deaths of Ian Stone," produced by Stan Winston and Brian Gilbert, and "Tooth and Nail," directed by Mark Young, were featured in the 2008 After Dark Horrorfest. Most recently, Elia has completed the score for "Splinter," a cutting edge horror film with stunning visuals, directed by Toby Wilkins. Elia Cmiral currently resides in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife and their two sons. Read more on Last.fm.
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