Composer & Sound Designer

Two decades experience working on film & TV soundtracks 


Selected Films

Feature documentary narrated by Harrison Ford, Director David Fairhead, Sound Designer Vincent Watts 

Described as being the definitive account of Neil Armstrong's life, this documentary paints a detailed portrait of the first man to step foot on the moon.  From his humble childhood in Ohio and his near-death experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean war and during his training as a test pilot, Armstrong recounts the extraordinary life of a man who will forever be a lynchpin of human history.  Narrated by Harrison Ford and using previously unseen home videos and archive tapes, this film brings us closer to the man behind the mission, delving into what made Neil Armstrong such a dedicated, passionate and successful astronaut.  
One of my most powerful pieces of sound design features in this film- the launch of Apollo 11!

Once Upon A Time In LondonPeriod drama, Director Simon Rumley, Supervising Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer Vincent Watts

Dramatising the violent reign of two of London's most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack 'Spot' Comer (Terry Stone), ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons.  
The sound design emphasises the violence inherent in this story with brutal sound effects that chill to the bone. 

“a sweeping saga of madness, mayhem and manipulation reminiscent of British favourites Legend and Peaky Blinders” Fab UK Magazine

Heart Transplant: A Chance To Live (BBC2)
Highly acclaimed feature documentary, Director James Newton, Composer Vincent Watts

A year in the lives of 7 people in desperate need of a new heart and the surgeons using cutting edge technology to save them.  
  An emotively powerful film that required an equally strong musical score to empathise with the situations and characters involved.

‘Best Specialist Factual Programme’ Award Nominee Broadcast Awards 2019
“There will be few more moving and astonishing programmes on TV this year” The Guardian
“Profoundly moving” The Times

God’s Own Country (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Multi-award winning feature drama starring Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu, Director Francis Lee, Supervising Sound Editor and Re-recording Mixer Vincent Watts

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer John Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
Every sound was intricately placed and mixed to perfection in this film to create a detailed and visceral sonic experience.

‘Outstanding British film of the year’ Award Nominee BAFTA Film Awards 2018
‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Sound’ Award Winner BIFA 2017 
“One of the most assured British debuts of recent years” Sight & Sound

Psychological thriller starring Amanda Fuller, Director Simon Rumley, Sound Designer Vincent Watts

April co-owns a Vintage shop in Austin with her husband Eric. When she discovers Eric is having an affair, she hooks up with and starts to fall, for a mysterious pick-up from a bar, Randall, but he turns out to be way more dangerous than she bargained for - and as her life spirals out of control, so does her addictive reliance on clothes to support her.  
  The sound design I created plays a big part in setting up the tension for events that unfold in this psychological thriller.

“Stylish and creepy, Rumley’s best film to date” The Hollywood Reporter
‘Best Director’ Award Winner Fightfest 2017 
Crooked House (Sony Pictures)
Agatha Christie feature drama starring Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Gillian Anderson and Julian Sands, Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Music Editor Vincent Watts 

In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.  
  Responsible for all music in the final mix sessions I was also required to edit a recording of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto to  fit a scene in the film.

The School In The Cloud
Feature documentary, director Jerry Rothwell, Composer Vincent Watts

The School In The Cloud tells the story of TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra through the eyes of children in a remote Indian village whose lives are being transformed by his ideas.   It is framed by the development of Mitra's latest and most ambitious project, the 'School in the Cloud' – and asks the question 'What kind of education do children need in the modern world?'

Official Selection CPH:DOX 2018

Crowhurst (Studiocanal)
Feature drama, Director Simon Rumley, Sound Designer Vincent Watts

1968: An inexperienced sailor enters a round the world race which he fears he won't be able to complete yet alone win. In order to save his dignity, he decides to cheat to come last but things don't go according to plan.  
  The sound design plays a key role in expressing Crowhurst’s descent into mental illness.

“Hallucinatory... unnerving... intense...” Screen International
“Glorious... a timely, tragic myth” Sight & Sound
XV: Beyond The Tryline (Universal Pictures)
Feature documentary, Director Pierre Deschamps,  Composer Vincent Watts

XV Beyond The Tryline takes you behind the scenes to understand what the sport of Rugby means to everyone who touches the game.  With the backdrop and access point of the Rugby World Cup, it's a unique look at the big sport that's built around a big family of characters; from player, coach, referee, fan, groundsman, physio, parent, and even a Prince.  With captivating and rare insight from the likes of Prince Harry, Jonny Wilkinson, Dan Carter and Eddie Jones.

Fear Of 13 (BBC Storyville)
Feature documentary, Director David Sington, Sound Designer Vincent Watts 

After more than 20 years on death row, a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed. But as he tells his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems.  
  The narrative of this film is frequently expressed through the sound design, akin to a radio play, with the visual language being kept to a more abstract style.

“Gripping” Empire
“A haunting exercise in storytelling” Total Film

How To Change The World
Multi-award winning feature documentary, Director Jerry Rothwell, Sound Designer & Composer (additional music) Vincent Watts

In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon's atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story at the birth of the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centres on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace.
  The music I wrote for the ‘whaleboat confrontation’ scene, recorded by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, creates an appropriate atmosphere of tension and anxiety.

‘Best Documentary’ Award Winner Grierson 2016
‘Grand Jury Prize’ Award Nominee Sundance 2015

Feature documentary, Director James Newton, Composer Vincent Watts

Award-winning feature documentary following one man’s life-changing journey around the world, and the love story that unfolds when he stumbles upon an Iranian-Armenian girl along the way. Made from more than 300 hours of footage filmed in 32 countries.  
  A poweful score that fuses Western and Middle-Eastern styles equal to the epic story that unfolds.

Official Selection Raindance 2012 

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