Wendy Blackstone has composed original filmscores for over 130 film and TV projects. With equal strengths in drama and comedy, fiction and non-fiction, her artistic and eclectic approach inspires her to create a unique score for each film. Determined to innovate, Wendy combines experimentation with the great musical traditions of the past. She weaves originally designed sounds with acoustic ensembles to create the best score for each film.
A native New Yorker, Wendy takes advantage of the rich cultural and artistic diversity of her city. Wendy composes in a wide range of styles including: contemporary classical, downtown experimental, rock, minimalist, jazz, and Latin. Her ongoing connection with these music scenes is a vital part of her artistic persona.
After scoring the comedy Dear Diary for Dreamworks, Executive Producers Spielberg and Katzenberg became fans of Wendy’s work. According to Producer Barry Jossen, Spielberg said, “Wendy’s music took the show from a 3 to a 9.” Directed by David Frankel, Dear Diary, went on to win an Oscar.
Nine of the films Wendy has scored have been nominated for or won Academy Awards including Girl in the River won, 2016, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 won in 2015, 2012, Strangers No More won, while Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory was nominated in 2011. .
Feature film accomplishments include: music for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Lost in Florence which Wendy also Produced, starring Brett Dalton, Alessandra Mastronardi, Stana Katic and Alessandro Preziosi, Love Walked In for Sony Pictures, starring Terence Stamp, Denis Leary, directed by Oscar winning Director, Juan Jose Campanella; Nick Gomez’s New Jersey Drive, executive produced by Spike Lee for Universal Pictures; Latin music for Betty Thomas’ comedy, Only You, starring Helen Hunt, and Andrew McCarthy, The Dutch Master, Susan Seidelman’s comedy starring Mira Sorvino and Aida Tuturro. also nominated for an Oscar.
Wendy has scored five Primetime TV series: Profiler (NBC, drama), New York News (CBS, drama), For The People (Lifetime, drama), Maybe It’s Me (WB comedy) starring Fred Willard and Julia Pat Sweeney, and MasterClass (HBO).
Documentaries remain an important part of Wendy’s work. Recent titles include: Ai Weiwei Yours Truly, Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (HBO), HBO’s Warning:This Drug May Kill You, American Jihad for Showtime, The Girl In the River for HBO, I am Not Your Guru: Tony Robbins, Larry Kramer In Love and Anger for HBO, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (HBO), Whitey (CNN), Weight of the Nation (HBO), Crude, and Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (HBO). She continues to work with the top filmmakers in the field.
Wendy’s work in theater includes Anna Deavere Smith’s Tony-nominated Twilight: Los Angeles, directed by George C. Wolfe (Angels In America), for both the Public Theater and Broadway’s Cort Theatre.
Wendy is proud to have been the first female film composer signed to Creative Artists Agency by Brian Loucks.
Also to have her music performed at the historical concert in Los Angeles in August 2016 celebrating the top 20 female film composers.
Wendy divides her time between NYC, Italy and Los Angeles. She speaks Italian, Spanish and French, and holds both US and EU passports.