Dan Baboulene is a film and television composer known for his work on Eaten By Lions (2018), BBC 2's Brexit documentaries with Laura Kuenssberg (2019) In Another Life (2017), and assisting on high end projects including Informer (2017), Vanity Fair (2017), BBC One's The Capture (2019) Watership Down (2017) and Playstation game Horizon Zero Dawn (2018.) Dan is an emerging talent in the film composition world with a growing portfolio. He is bringing an innovative and unique compositional voice to each project.
In 2020 Dan scored Paul Dood's Deadly Lunchbreak, starring Jonny Vegas, Kris Maxwell, Mandeep Dhillon, and Katherine Parkinson. He also worked with composer Dean Valentine on several trailer tracks, and scored the trailer for Daniel Radcliffe's latest feature film, Escape from Pretoria, which has received millions of views online. He scored two of the films from the Uncertain Kingdom anthology, working with director Jason Wingard on a film called Pavement, and working with Ray Panthaki on a film called Ernie, starring Paul Kaye. The anthology was given four stars in The Guardian. He also scored 'Laura Kuenssberg, The Brexit Storm Continues,' which played in January on BBC 2 to millions of viewers. Eaten By Lions, scored by Dan, was nominated for a National Television and Film Award for Best Comedy, alongside Yesterday and Blinded By the Light. The film also won the Audience award at LIFF.
In 2019 Dan scored The Watts Brothers debut horror feature The Playhouse. The film premiered at the prestigious Frightfest festival, and Terror Magazine described his soundtrack as an 'extraordinary classic.' 'He accompanies us at all times, without disturbing us excessively, but without which the film would have been a totally different one.' Dan also scored VICE''s documentary on Brexit 'The Brexit Storm: Laura Kuenssberg's Inside Story' The documentary, directed by Toby Paton, was viewed by millions of viewers on BBC 2, and was re run on Channel 4, and received four stars in the Guardian. Dan also assisted Blur's David Rowntree on BBC One's hit drama The Capture, working on all six episodes. His soundtrack for Jonny Dry's Third Quarter also won Best Score at the New Rennaissance Film Festival. Harry Lighton's short film Leash also featured as Best Short at London Film Festival, featuring Dan's music.
In 2018 Dan worked for double Ivor Novello winner Joris de Man on his multi award winning music for the Horizon Zero Dawn Playstation franchise. In particular assisting with the recording sessions in Prague for Animortal's feature animation Chuck Steel, Rise of the Trampires, and at Air Studios in London for the recording sessions for Horizon Zero Dawn, The Frozen Wilds. Dan also assisted Ilan Eshkeri on multiple series for the BBC including Informer, Vanity Fair, Watership Down, and also feature film Farming, and playstation game The Sims 4. Dan also wrote his soundtrack for Eaten By Lions, starring Jonny Vegas, which had a cinema release in 100 Odeon and Cineworld screens around the UK. Dan's music was also featured on BAFTA Cymru nominated short Only Child, dir Andy Toovey. The film won the Best Score award at Top Shorts Film Festival. Dan also assisted Pete Davison with his score to multi million pound animation Strike.
In 2017 Dan scored Jason Wingard's debut feature In Another Life, and it won a BIFA award, as well as Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival. The film was shown at festivals around the world, and had an independent cinema run in the UK. The film was set in the Calais Jungle, so Dan worked with French speaking singers to create an immersive soundtrack, as well as collaborating with the director's daughter on a piano piece, to create the score. Dan also interned at Henry Jackman's studio in LA, on site at Hans Zimmer's studio, Remote Control Productions, whilst Hans was working on the score to Chris Nolan's film Dunkirk. At the time Henry Jackman was finishing the score to King Kong, Skull Island, and working on the soundtrack to Kingsman, and Jumanji, welcome to the Jungle.
Dan is a classically trained pianist with a degree from Oxford University. He attended St Catherine's College as a Leask Scholar, with a particular focus on orchestration and orchestral writing. He is known for his emotional approach to music, and to quote Pina Bausch 'Everything must come from the heart, must be lived.' In his spare time he volunteers for the homeless and enjoys playing football.