Fitzpatrick Amazes International Audiences with Soundtrack for 3D Sci-fi Drama at Shanghai Film Fest

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Award-Winning Hollywood Film Composer and Producer bridges Western & Chinese Pop Culture with a powerful Original Soundtrack for Amazing - a new release from Shanghai Studios in association with the NBA set to Premiere June 17th at the 2013 Shanghai International Film Festival.

Collaborating with Frank came to my mind from the first moment I read the script. I knew he would deliver a home run and he did. In fact, he did more that that, he knocked it out of the park with an Amazing soundtrack.

Shanghai Film Group’s action-packed virtual reality drama, Amazing premieres in 3D on June 17th at the Shanghai International Film Festival with an original score and songs by award-winning Hollywood film composer and Grammy-nominated producer, Frank Fitzpatrick. Amazing is an inspiring contemporary drama about a brilliant video game programmer who has been contracted to design China’s most popular thought-controlled virtual reality basketball game. Binsheng’s (Huang Xiao Ming) life and mission are radically transformed when Venus (Amber Gao), the star of his virtual world, takes on human emotions and a virus from the game becomes an epidemic that affects far more than people’s computers.

In association with the National Basketball Association, the film features top stars from China, Taiwan and Korea, along with US actor Eric Mabius and NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and Scottie Pippen. The film is directed by Chinese born Sherwood Hu, “one of the most exciting and dynamic directors to emerge from China” (Kirt Honycutt, Hollywood Reporter). Amazing will be released theatrically across Asia in the late Summer of 2013.

In both English and Mandarin, Amazing offers cutting edge CGI, real life superheros, and a first hand view of the hip, young, urban cultural scene in Shanghai today. With the emerging trends of the Chinese youth market, the video game plot and the NBA partnership, Director Hu knew he would need the cultural and emotional glue to hold it all together. He turned to his longtime friend and collaborator, Frank Fitzpatrick, to help execute his vision and to create a soundtrack with the feel of a Hollywood blockbuster and the emotional sensibility to deliver the positive message of the story to Chinese audiences.

“Collaborating with Frank came to my mind from the first moment I read the script. I knew he would deliver a home run and he did. In fact, he did more that that, he knocked it out of the park with an Amazing soundtrack." - Sherwood Hu, Director

Fitzpatrick’s soundtrack lifts the film to new heights, bridging any cultural, language and genre barriers, helping Hu create a model for Chinese cinema that audiences in China have experienced previously only through dubbed Hollywood films. Fitzpatrick's original soundtrack includes a dynamic score that sets the tone of the film by mixing traditional dramatic themes recorded with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra with modern electronic and rock undertones and the soaring voice of lead soprano Ying Huang. The immense popularity of NBA Basketball in China inspired a driving main title song "Hip Hop Nation" featuring Hip Hop legend KRS One along along with other pop and urban songs with artists from around the globe, highlighted by Fitzpatrick’s inspiring dance single and video for "Rise On Up". A live multi-media performance of the Amazing love theme "The Kiss" (Ying Huang) provided the centerpiece for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Shanghai Festival.

Fitzpatrick has penned the themes and title songs for many Hollywood hits and top-selling brands, from Victoria’s Secret, to the Grammy-nominated “Soul Music” and Disney’s record-breaking High School Musical Tour. With an award winning body of work spanning more than twenty-five years and a commitment to advocacy and social entrepreneurship through his nonprofit EarthTones, Frank Fitzpatrick has proven himself to be a creative visionary and tireless force for transforming the human spirit through music and film. The challenge of engaging a Chinese youth audience and helping the film inspire a message to believe in themselves, follow their dreams and stand up for what they know is right resonated with Fitzpatrick’s own story and the passions that fuel his life’s work. He approached the soundtrack as an opportunity to embed a message of hope and sense of personal responsibility, rather than just a functional byproduct of the narrative.

The long standing relationship between Fitzpatrick and Hu began over fifteen years ago when the two met at the US Premier of Hu’s first feature, Warrior Lanling, leading to Fitzpatrick’s highly original soundtrack for Lani Loa: The Passage, produced by Tom Luddy with Wayne Wang and Francis Ford Coppola. Lani Loa brought the American music producer to China for the first time for the debut at the 1999 Shanghai International Film Festival.

Amazing 3D Premier at Shanghai International Film Festival
June 17th, 1:30PM, Shanghai Film Art Center, Hall 2


Frank Fitzpatrick

A multi-­platinum selling record producer, Grammy-­nominated songwriter, social entrepreneur and award-­winning filmmaker, Frank Fitzpatrick has proven himself to be a creative visionary and committed advocate for transforming the human spirit through the power of music and film. He has created the soundtracks for over two-­dozen films, produced countless music events and sold over six million albums. In addition to his work with Hollywood successes such as Friday, Jump In!, The Larry Sanders Show, Queen of the Damned and the billion-­dollar Scary Movie franchise, Fitzpatrick has worked with a legacy of musical pioneers and global thought leaders including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, K’Naan and Ziggy Marley. Founder and Director of the non-profit EarthTones, Fitzpatrick focuses on creating programs that make a positive contribution to our world. His experience across the business, social and entertainment sectors allows him to provide organizations with creative solutions and integrated strategies for impacting large audiences.

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