Kim Planert

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Biography

Kim Planert is a German television and film composer currently based in Los Angeles, California, who has composed music for over 230 episodes of prime-time television shows and feature films.

His TV credits include 8 seasons on the score for ABC's television show Castle, Timeless (NBC), Missing (ABC), The Whispers (ABC series produced by Steven Spielberg), The McKenna Files (Mark Gordon ABC pilot), The Unit (CBS), Lie To Me (FOX), The Gates (ABC), The Chicago Code (FOX), Last Resort (ABC), and Rush (USA Network); in the field of film he composed for Into The Blue II: The Reef, A Reason, Chasing Grace and the feature length documentary Skid Row Marathon.

Kim Planert received awards at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for "Best Score in a TV Show" for Missing (ABC), co-composed with Robert Duncan, and at the Park City Film Music Festival for his work on Nest of Spiders. His music for the feature film A Reason received the award for “Best Score in an Indie Feature” as well as the Gold Medal for “Best Original Score” at the Global Music Awards.

For Skid Row Marathon, a feature length documentary following the story of a Los Angeles judge who starts a running club on Skid Row, Planert worked as associate producer and composed the music.

Before moving to Los Angeles, he lived in the UK where he collaborated with among others Craig Armstrong, Capercaillie, Secret Garden, John McLaughlin (FIVE), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble and worked as sound engineer and producer on more than 40 albums and soundtracks for films such as American Cousins, The Bone Collector, and the TV show Crowdie + Cream, which won several BAFTAs including the award for "Best Soundtrack".

Planert received his masters at the UNCSA School of the Arts and his Bachelor of Recording Arts from the Southern Cross University of Australia, studying under Hummie Mann, David McHugh, Sir Prof. Clive Pascoe, and Jack Smalley.

During the armed conflict in former Yugoslavia, Planert provided humanitarian aid on a number of occasions and recorded one of his first songs, which was written for the people of the enclave of Bihać, where it was aired.

He has recently released his solo album Skylight: Notes from a logbook, inspired by his passion for skydiving and wingsuit flying.

Film

Skid Row Marathon, 2017
Directed by Mark Hayes, Gabriele Hayes
Documentary

Timeless, 2017
Composer additional music
diverse directors
NBC TV Pilot

Chasing Light, 2016
Directed by Jessica Pilkes
Short film


The Whispers
, 2015

Composer additional music

diverse directors; produced by Steven Spielberg

TV series (ABC)


Castle
, 2015

Season 8
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

Chasing Grace, 2014
Composer and producer
Directed by David Temple
Feature Film

Castle
, 2014
Season 7
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)


Rush
, 2014

Composer additional music
TV series (USA TV)

Agatha, 2014
Composer
ABC TV Pilot

A Reason, 2013
Composer and Co-Executive Producer
Directed by Dominique Schilling
Feature Film

Castle, 2013
Season 6
Additional music
TV series (ABC)

Girl Vs. Monster, 2012
Composer additional music
Directed by Stuart Gillar
TV movie (Disney-ABC)

Missing
, 2012

diverse directors
TV series (ABC)


Castle
, 2012
Season 5
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

Last Resort, 2012
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

Castle, 2011
Season 4
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

The Chicago Code, 2011
Composer additional music

TV series (FOX)

Castle, 2010
Season 3
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

The Gates, 2010
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

Castle, 2009
Season 2
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

Lie To Me, 2009
Season 2
Composer additional music
TV series (FOX)

Into The Blue II, 2009
Composer additional music
Directed by Stephen Here
Feature film

The Last Passport, 2009
Directed by David Temple, Kent Smith

Asphixia
, 2008

Directed by Jessica Pilke
Short film

The Unit, 2008
Season 4
TV series (CBS)

Castle, 2008
Season 1
Composer additional music
TV series (ABC)

Athletes In Action, 2007
The Film Foundry
Documentary

2XSalt, 2007
The Film Foundry
Documentary

The Hank Effect, 2007
T-Party Films

Nest Of Spiders, 2007
Directed by Jessica Pilkes
Short film

FILMSCORE

SKID ROW MARATHON

Director: Mark Hayes, Gabriele Hayes
Music: Kim Planert
Kim Planert composed the music for multi award winning feature length documentary Skid Row Marathon about a criminal court judge who starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons. The film follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.

Kim Planert associate produced the documentary and has garnered numerous awards and nominations for his score.

Anthem Film Festival 2018: Best Original Score
Music and Sound Awards 2018: Finalist Best Original Composition
Milan International Film Festival 2018: Best Music
Garden State Film Festival 2018: Best Orchestral Score

ALBUM

SKYLIGHT

Music: Kim Planert

In spring 2019, Kim Planert released his solo album Skylight: Notes from a logbook, inspired by the composer's passion for skydiving and wingsuit flying.

An ambient, spiritual hybrid sound mixing orchestra with synthesizer, Skylight bridges the gap between song and film music, fusing the talents of artists from various musical genres, featuring vocals by Lisbeth Scott (Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, Concussion), Benoit Grey - electric bass cello (bassist for Ray Charles), Waterson (London based EDM artist), William Close - Earth Harp (America’s Got Talent, Earth Harp Collective), Jörg Hüttner - additional synth programing (Dark Knight Rises, Fifty Shades of Grey, Independence Day), Kelci Hahn - soprano (LA Master Choral), Chris Bleth - duduk (Transformers, John Carter, Life of Pi) and vocalist Keeley Bumford (Assassin’s Creed). Orchestra recording: The Budapest Scoring Orchestra