Vincent Watts is a composer and sound designer with over 15 years experience working in the film and television industry. He has contributed a wealth of creativity to countless award winning projects. Specialising in the soundtracks of independent feature films, he has also collaborated with directors of broadcast long form (BBC, ITV, C4), short films and many other audio visual productions. A large number of these projects have gone on to win at various prestigious international film festivals and awards ceremonies (BAFTA, BIFA, Sundance, SXSW, Berlinale IFF, Edinburgh IFF, BFI London IFF to mention a few). His work has also received specific praise in various high profile publications- please see ‘Testimonials’ below.
Vincent is known for creating original and insightful work. His holistic approach is informed by years of studying, performing and listening to a wide spectrum of music and sound.
His career started learning to play the violin at the early age of four. After performing in various instrumental ensembles he felt compelled to focus on music composition and completed a music degree in his early 20’s. Combining his passion for audio technology and film with composing he then went on to complete a masters degree in ‘Music & Sound Design for Film’. After working in-house firstly for a London based music recording company, then as ‘Head Of Sound’ for a post-production film company, Vincent decided to follow an independent path, successfully building his own film network and gaining greater artistic freedom.
With over 65 film projects completed to date he calls upon an enormous amount of skill and experience.
“…..spot on soundtrack…” Variety review of ‘We Are The Freaks’
“The film’s sound design is exquisite…” – Film 4 review of the horror film ‘Reverb’
“The soundtrack is equally nice. …..It’s never in your face but almost always present, creating a moody atmosphere that lingers throughout…” – Twitch Film review of the horror film ‘The Reeds’
“Vincent Watts’ synth and piano lilts hit just the right note of reflective somberness…” – Film 4 review of the BAFTA Scotland nominated film ‘A Woman In Winter’
BAFTA nominated film ‘Taking Liberties’ – original score by Vincent Watts
BIFA winning film ’16 Years Of Alcohol’ – sound design by Vincent Watts
“Vince has worked as sound designer on my last four feature documentaries (Heavy Load, Donor Unknown, Town of Runners and How To Change The World) and also as composer on Town of Runners. His sound design for these films has always made an immense contribution to the impact of the film and has been both imaginative and technically excellent (often working with sound recorded in difficult conditions). His music compositions for Town of Runners took as their starting point traditional Ethiopian music and fused Ethiopian and Western styles into a highly evocative soundtrack for the film. Great to work with!” – Jerry Rothwell, Documentary Film Director (Sundance award winning film How To Change The World)
“Vince is an extremely talented and diligent sound designer and composer. His compositions have a rare confidence and maturity achieving great expression, emotion and clarity whilst often sparse or minimalist in execution. He has a thorough understanding of how sound design and score overlap and responds with swift precision to notes. I would never hesitate to recommend his work to anyone in the industry.” – Nick Cohen, Director of ‘The Reeds’
“Vince always puts more than you expect into his compositions and sound work. He’s composed for me on several projects now and each time has created music that is original and fits keenly into the brief. These projects have been diverse in nature (horror, comedy and serious score) and Vince has effortlessly fitted into each genre to a very high standard. I would certainly recommend Vince to any production (and already have!)” – Richard Elson, Director / Editor