Janet K. Halfyard is Director of Undergraduate Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University). Publications include Danny Elfman’s Batman: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow, 2004), Music, Sound and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Ashgate, 2010), The Music of Fantasy Cinema (Equinox, 2012), and a variety of essays on music in horror and fantasy in journals and edited collections. Her monograph, Sounds of Fear and Wonder: Music in Cult TV was published by I.B. Tauris in 2016, and focuses in particular on music and sound in horror and supernatural TV shows.
Erik Heine is Professor of Music at Oklahoma City University, where he has taught since 2005. He also serves as the Assistant Director for the university’s Honors Program. Heine is the author of James Newton Howard’s Signs: A Film Score Guide, published by Scarecrow Press in 2016. His work can be found in multiple film music anthologies as well as in journals including Music Analysis, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online, and the DSCH Journal. He is also a regular contributor to Film Score Monthly Online.
René Idrovo is an emergent filmmaker and scholar. He is a lecturer in sound-related subjects at Universidad UTE, Ecuador; and a PhD Researcher in Film and Television at University of York, UK. His research studies the impact of sound technology in the generation of new audio-visual aesthetics, focusing on the relations that exist between realism, the sonic space, and the immersive experience in cinema. As part of the Ecuadorian National Scholarship Programme, he has been selected from among a large number of applicants to become one of the leaders that shall contribute to the development of the country’s film and television.
Douglas Knight is completing a PhD in music at Royal Holloway (University of London), supervised by Professor Julie Brown and supported by a university scholarship, on the use of classical music in post-war European art cinema and its contemporary legatees. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oxford, and is active as an organist in London.
Darshana Sreedhar Mini is a PhD candidate in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation explores precarious media formations such as low-budget films produced in the south Indian state of Kerala, mapping their transnational journeys. Her work is supported by the Social Science Research Council and American Institute of Indian Studies. Her research interests include feminist media, gender studies, South Asian studies, and media ethnography. She has published in Feminist Media Histories, Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, South Asian Popular Culture, the Journal for Ritual Studies, and the International Journal for Digital Television.
Sandra Pauletto is Associate Professor in Media Production at the Division of Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer in Sound Design at the University of York, UK. She has a background in physics, music, and music technology. Her research focuses on sound design in various application areas including cinema and interactive systems. She has worked on a number of research projects supported by the British Academy, EPSRC, EU, and Wellcome Trust. She has published widely in both science and arts and humanities journals.
Ben Winters is Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University. He is the author of Music, Performance, and the Realities of Film (Routledge, 2014) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s The Adventures of Robin Hood: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2007), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound (2017). He is a co-editor of the Ashgate Screen Music Series (Routledge) and is on the editorial board of American Music.