Mark Kueffner

Film Composer

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Let me help bring depth and feeling to your film with songs that will move your audience; violins that will bring tears or drums to ignite. Whatever you are trying to convey, I know I can help with the right mood of music. I would enjoy working with you and bringing your vision to life on the screen though sounds and music.

I am life-long composer, musician, producer, orchestrator and arranger. I completed my schooling at Berklee College of Music and am currently working out of the Atlanta area. I have experience in many genres including Orchestral, Orchestral Hybrid, and World Music. My music can be heard in over 50 TV shows and numerous movies.

Film styles I have composed music for include drama, action, comedy, horror, sci-fi and various types of documentaries.

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21 Reviews

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  1. Review by Will Hodges
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    by Will Hodges

    As a professional songwriter I have been fortunate to work with Mark. He’s someone who’s not only musically capable but also captures the essence of the material through his engineering skills. I highly recommend him.

  2. Review by Frank Hardie
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    by Frank Hardie

    Shimmer Entertainment LLC has used Mark Kueffner and his production studios for several major projects, and we were delighted with his creativity, attention to detail, execution and drive for near perfect quality. We would not hesitate to use him again and we highly recommend him.

  3. Review by Miss Marla
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    by Miss Marla

    I've really enjoyed playing on some of Mark Kueffner's soundtracks. He writes beautifully and is very easy to work with. What a pleasure!

  4. Review by Robert L. Camina
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    by Robert L. Camina

    Mark is an incredibly talented composer who brings to the table a level of professionalism that producers and directors dream of. As a documentarian, I put a lot of focus on the film’s score. It has to hit all the right notes throughout the movie. He listened attentively as I shared my vision and delivered compositions that were spot on! Mark is an ideal collaborator. He was easily accessible, receptive to notes, respectful, patient, and met deadlines! (I think he actually got back to me prior to deadlines!) I was also grateful that he was an LGBTQ ally.

  5. Review by Sonhara Eastman
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    by Sonhara Eastman

    Mark is truly amazing; I cannot speak of his virtues high enough. He has come through time and time again with last-minute request to score a project, and each time he knocks it out the park!

  6. Review by Michael Bryant
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    by Michael Bryant

    Mark's demeanor is friendly and professional, and he is my go-to for unique and top notch compositions. He is the Hans Zimmer for my projects!

  7. Review by Manomatul Art
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    by Manomatul Art

    I've worked with this amazing man on THREE feature films and without pause - Mark Kueffner is a musical genius. A gift to your production! PERIOD. Give him the ball and some notes and you WILL absolutely get more than you could ever hope for! And MORE! The highlight of my career has been working with Mr. Kueffner. A rare talent. Truly. To the MASTER SCORE MAN!

  8. Review by Ronald Eastman II
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    by Ronald Eastman II

    Mark is an amazing composer. Mark did all the composing for my play titled, "GO" and created the most beautiful compositions for it. I can't wait for the world to hear it and listen to Mark's genius.

  9. Review by Borderline Cinema
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    by Borderline Cinema

    There aren't enough superlatives to describe how impressed and thrilled I've always been with Mark's work. Many times, he has dignified and elevated our low-budget movies to heights that few indie filmmakers dare dream of. Corresponding with Mark during the post-production phase on four feature films was a lot of fun, personally. It's almost miraculous how really good film music can transform an otherwise lackluster movie into cinematic gold. Mark has accomplished this for every film we've done since 2014. I'm tempted to say that an audience can be fooled into thinking an average movie

  10. Review by Celine Terranova
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    by Celine Terranova

    Mark is a very talented composer and the nicest person to work with! He understood immediately the tone and the goal of my film, and did a fantastic job. I highly recommend his services!

  11. Review by Joe Davies
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    by Joe Davies

    Mark is an unbelievably great musician who I had the pleasure of playing many gigs with. His composing, arranging and recording skills are as great as his playing skills.
    An ultimate professional in every endeavor. I'd give him 6 stars if I could.

  12. Review by Paul Avgerions
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    by Paul Avgerions

    Mark is a very talented and skillful film composer and I've been proud to place his music in many TV shows over the last few years. He is one of the very best!!!

  13. Review by Maria Grigoryeva
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    by Maria Grigoryeva

    Mark is amazing composer and orchestrator. It is always a pleasure to record his compositions! I truly enjoy our collaboration every single time! Thank you for making great music

  14. Review by Zia Zuik
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    by Zia Zuik

    Mark is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a versatile ear for the music he composes, displaying a wide array of tones. Along with that, he is extremely collaborative and intuitive, as he makes sure that his compositions effectively complement your work. I highly recommend working with him.

  15. Review by Benjamin Baeumert
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    by Benjamin Baeumert

    I’ve worked with Mark on numerous ventures ranging from movies, to commercials, to a whole slew of recording projects.
    He is one of the most talented and detail oriented composers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. He has an amazing ability to nail whatever mood or ambiance is needed to make your media come to life, and convey what it should. I can’t say enough good things about my experiences with Mark. Frankly, five stars aren’t enough!
    Ben Baeumert
    Sound Ballistics Music&Publishing LLC

  16. Review by Paul Barker
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    by Paul Barker

    Mark is an incredible musician and composer. I have brought several entertainers to his studio for voice coaching, recording and re mixing. He has always provided high quality product that comes not only from his experience and professionalism but from his heart. He cares about his work and the people he works with.

  17. Review by Tempe RedHawk
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    by Tempe RedHawk

    Mark is such a pleasure to work with. He focuses intently on your project requirements to provide you with the perfect musical medium for your scope of work . His work is masterful and skillful. He is a professional in the truest sense of the word.

  18. Review by Cathy Sitzes
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    by Cathy Sitzes

    Mark composed music for a few of my short films and I was incredibly lucky to get him. He's not only professional and kind, but he also has the talent and experience to back up his work. You can't go wrong with Mark as your composer. He's the real deal!!

  19. Review by David Hamilton
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    by David Hamilton

    Mark is an exceptional composer and talented multi-instrumentalist. He worked on several projects for me over the years and all the clients were consistently impressed with his boundless musical creativity, his ability to actually listen to the client, become an integral part of the creative process and craft the perfect theme to quickly to meet the always tight deadlines.

    I rarely if ever write reviews, so consider me impressed enough with Mark to write one.

  20. Review by Paul B
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    by Paul B

    Mark Kueffner is a total professional. He gave us a score that is everything we could have hoped for. Mark is also a pleasure to work with. He always met his delivery commitments.

  21. Review by Sheri Mann Stewart
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    by Sheri Mann Stewart

    It's been my honor and pleasure to work with Mark on several film productions which I directed and produced. Mark always went above and beyond hopes and expectations to give his very best, even for productions with limited budgets. One of the first films he scored for me was in the top Best Scores selected by the Judges out of nearly 100 films. Other films have gone on to multiple festivals, receiving accolades all along the way, and the scores are always highlighted for recognition from viewers. Mark brings a wealth of experience to his work and has created a gorgeous, fully-equipped personal

Interview with Mark Kueffner

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: My last two projects are probably my most favorites. The play "GO" was a big success in Atlanta. I was the composer for the play. the Budapest Orchestra was used for some of the tracks. I also ran the sound effects and music for the play.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I just finished a feature documentary called "Against All Odds: Surviving the Holocaust". It is now making its way through various film festivals and has already been nominated for best documentary. Currently, I am working on an album for a vocalist with native American aspects.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I have worked with TonyB on a soundtrack for the play "GO". I highly recommend him. He is professional and delivers what he says he will.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I have had two analog recording studios in my life. I love the sound of tape. However, there is a lot of maintenance that goes into maintaining analog equipment, especially mixing consoles and tape machines. For that reason, I am a digital studio (with some analog outboard gear).

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: Once I start working, the project will have my undivided attention. Also, so far, I have never been late (and many times early) finishing up a project.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The satisfaction of doing a good job and enhancing the film. Also, I certainly love delighting clients. It is a feel-good win.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How long does it take to score the film? I can typically produce 2-3 minutes of finished soundtrack per day. Depending on the film and genre, those numbers can variy.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: It is hard for me to come up with an answer for this. What I can say is my customers find that I am very friendly and easy to work with. I will give my opinion. However, I also realize that I am work for hire and it is not my film.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: 1, How long is your film and how much music do you estimate you will need for your film? 2. Would you like to have a spotting session so that we together can discuss where music is needed and the general feel of the music. 3. What are the time constraints?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Try to take the time and listen carefully to several composers. We all have different styles and sounds.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A computer, audio interface keyboard and headphones. And lets not forget the generator for electricity :)

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: My journey stared at six years old, taking private accordion and trumpet lessons. In my teens, I joined my first rock bands. by my 20's I was working nightclubs five and six nights a week. Recording on records came a little later in my early thirties, playing and producing for artists like Greg Walker (Lead vocalist for Santana on 11 albums), members of GQ, and members of the Heartbreakers. 10 years or so ago, I became very interested in scoring to film and have been doing that ever since.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Orchestral. However, I am also versed at world music styles and creating hybrids of those styles with orchestra.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would love to work with someone like James Newton Howard, whom is one of my favorite composers.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Setting up a template for each film project saves many hours of poking around looking for and loading sounds. Once the template has been created, you are ready to dive right into the creative process.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Soundtrack

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Delivering a score that conforms with the vision of the director or producer.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: In short, my passion. If heard more than once from my clients that my music has a lot of feeling to it, which breathes life into the film.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Typically, the director or producer will send me a copy of the film. Upon review of the film, we may or may not have a spotting session (depending on the director's desire). Once spotted, I typically burn in timecode (If not already burned in), and break the film up into small scenes, ranging from two to eight minutes. Each scene equals one music cue. I frequently send the director the cues for review. If any rewrites are required, I will handle them according to the director's wishes.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My studio's centerpiece is a Mac PRO 2019. An i9 Alienware PC serves as my VST host which speeds up my workflow tremendously. I have pro outboard gear such as Avalon, Universal Audio, dbx, and Steinberg. My microphone collection is quite good with Neumann at the top of the list.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Some of my instructors at Berklee College of Music have been very inspirational. As far as film composers, John Williams is at the top of my list, followed by many of today's popular film composers. Hans Zimmer should be mentioned as he continually reinvents himself from film-to-film.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Most of my work is scoring for various types of films, from documentaries to horror and everything in between. I also arrange and produce popular-music tracks that require orchestral and orchestral-hybrid accompaniment.

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My average is 2 to 3 minutes of finished score per day. No problem regarding revisions. Let's discuss.

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  • Hans Zimmer
  • James Newton Howard
  • Alan Silverstri
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  • Mac Pro
  • Universal Audio
  • Avalon
  • Lexicon
  • Neumann
  • dbx
  • Steinberg
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