Inspired by composers like Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, Sascha Blank composes unique music for award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV series, and commercials. His most recent project, Wings of Dust, directed by Giorgio Ghiotto, has just been awarded a Student Academy Award, following the paths of world-renowned artists like Spike Lee and Pete Docter. The ceremony will take place on October 24, 2023, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Los Angeles.

Currently based in Berlin, Sascha creates original scores ranging from full orchestras to intimate ensembles, and electronic sounds. His music has been published by Sony/ATV, EMI, Music Sculptor, Earmotion, Gramoscope Music and the Emmy-nominated team from Extreme Music.

Sascha’s recent projects include the The Shark with a Thousand Names directed by The Jetlagged, which premiered at the Ocean Film Festival San Francisco in April 2023, the Amazon Originals Documentary Series Unzensiert – Bushido’s Wahrheit, Story im Ersten (ARD) Wheat as Weapon, which won the Hugo Portisch Award for journalistic achievements, and the TV-wildlife documentary Romantic Rivers – Wilde Tiere an der Leine for NDR. His compositions are regularly placed on television shows on NBC, ITV, BBC, Channel 4, RTL, ARD, and NDR and can also be heard on TV and online commercials for clients such as Mercedes Benz, eBay, Mister Spex and Asam Beauty.

In 2019, Sascha composed the music for the romantic comedy Tell Me I Love You, directed by Fiona Mackenzie and starring Kaniehtiio Horn (Alice, Darling), Krik Bovill (Vice), and Al Sapienza (The Sopranos). Additional projects include They’re Outside, directed by Anthony Hayles and Sam Casserly and starring Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser), Tom Wheatley (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and Emma Burdon-Sutton (American Monster), which premiered at the 2020 Fright Fest, London, and Mentally Apart, a thrilling drama by Joe Pomarico. Sascha’s original musical score won prizes in several competitions, including the Los Angeles Motion Picture Awards (Best Score), Los Angeles Film Awards (Honorable Mention: Score) and New York Film Awards (Best Score). 

Sascha’s approach to creating music for any project, be it large or small in scale, is driven by finding the most suitable musical language for the film’s plot. Experimenting in his state-of-the-art recording studio, and in close communication with his collaborators, he develops a deep connection to the project’s heart, and brings the colours and depths of its emotions to musical life. Depending on the creative needs, he invites soloists, ensembles, and orchestras to recording sessions, enriching his musical landscape.

Raised in a musician’s family, Sascha began to study classical piano at a very early age. Focusing on the development of a profound, wide-ranging musical understanding, he laid his theoretical foundation by studying piano, music theory and composition at the University of Music and Theatre Rostock. Here, he dove deep into the analysis of early music from the 15th century, up until the late romantic period, jazz and film composers of the 20th century. These varied influences, combined with his active career as a jazz, pop and rock pianist continue to inspire him in his work every day.

Coming from a classically and pop/world musically trained background, he enhanced his musical knowledge during various film scoring programs. Sascha studied the Master of Composition for Film and Television at the London College of Music, which he passed with distinction. He had the exclusive opportunity to refine his craft in the revered Masterclasses conducted by internationally acclaimed artists such as Danny Elfman, Conrad Pope, Nan Schwartz, TJ Lindgren, and William Ross.

Sascha has recently joined the jury of the German Nature Documentary Prize – Deutscher NaturfilmPreis.


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