Best Score Win for Holy Hell!

Holy Hell enjoyed a fantastic Canadian premiere at Blood In The Snow Festival in downtown Toronto!  There was a great turnout and everyone seemed to love the crazy on-screen carnage.  At the Q&A, Director/Writer Ryan LaPlante (who also plays the film’s...

Nominated for 2 ISA’s for Best Original Score!

I’ve been honoured with 2 nominations for Best Original Score at the 6th Annual ISA’s for my work on Asset and Out With Dad!  I’m in the running with some fantastic composers including  my friends Aaron Tsang (Pete Winning and the Pirates) and Rob...

Two feature film projects announced!

I’m thrilled to be on board to write the score for two feature films!   Holy Hell (Ryan LaPlante, Dir.) Holy Hell is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to...

Outstanding Score in a Drama win, 2 nominations!

I’m just back from a fantastic 10 days in Los Angeles, where I attended LA Webfest, the ISA’s (Indie Series Awards) and Hollyweb.  Many talented friends and colleagues were honored during these events, as were shows Out With Dad, Clutch, Pay Up, and...

Best Original Score Nomination!

I’m thrilled to announce that my score for “The Lucky Ones” (Ep. 210) of the 2nd season of Clutch has been nominated for Best Original Score at the IAWTV Awards in Las Vegas! http://www.iawtv.org/nominees-for-the-2014-iawtv-awards/ It’s also...

New Series ASSET premieres January 15, 2014!

I’m busy putting the finishing touches on the score for the first episodes of a new show called Asset, which will premiere on JTS.tv on January 15th!  There’s some amazing talent behind Asset, including my friends and Clutch alums Jonathan Robbins, Jeff...

Out With Dad is back!

Out With Dad has released the first block of episodes for Season 3!  Episodes 1 – 6 are available now and are already being met with great excitement by the fans. Canada’s Film and Television trade magazine Playback had the following to say about Season...

Out With Dad Nominated for a Canadian Screen Award!

“This is perhaps the highest honour Out With Dad has received to date. The Canadian Screen Awards, the new awards program replacing the former Gemini and Genie Awards. For our international friends, this is the equivalent to the BAFTAs in the us U.K. or in the...

“Plight”, a new rock musical, gets its premiere!

Plight Volume 1: Genoflex Premiering on August 16th at the 2012 Edmonton Fringe Festival!  Written by Aaron Talbot with music by Adrian Ellis, and presented by Happy Harbor Comics. A fatally wounded security guard is saved by a pharmaceutical test company scientist...

Canadian Cathedrals

I produced the “olympic” style music for a 5 part series of short documentaries on Canada’s “storied old hockey barns” for Sportsnet.  It was an interesting challenge to help give these pieces their emotional heart, as each is essentially...

Canada’s Digital Elite!

From www.outwithdad.com Last night actress Kate Conway, series creator Jason Leaver, composer Adrian Ellis and producers Natalie O’Brien and Vanya Garraway were all on hand at an exclusive party, at which  Mark Greenspan, Executive Producer of nextMEDIA 2011 announced...

Fall 2011 Update

It’s been a wild Summer here, with crazy weather and a tonne of interesting projects moving forward into the Fall. Soul Train By Jove it’s finally here!  SOUL TRAIN will hit the stage on September 16th, at The Great Hall!  For tickets and information, see:...

News for Summer 2011!

Having provided a new theme and music package for the 15th anniversary of Discovery Canada’s flagship program Daily Planet, I’m very excited to be again working with the team at CTV on an exciting new version of the theme to launch the 17th season with new co-host,...

Music & Film Symposium at the Worldwide Short Film Festival

I’m really excited to again be moderating a panel discussion on music in film and the director/composer relationship at the Worldwide Short Film Festival this year.  I’ll be speaking with director Nicolas Brault and composer Pierre Yves Drapeau about their...

Out With Dad WINS for OUTSTANDING USE OF MUSIC!

Just got the news that Out With Dad has won in the category of Best Use of Music at the 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards held in New York City! http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/02/winners-2nd-annual-indie-soap-awards.html A huge congrats to everyone on the team, who are...

Out With Dad Nominations… So far!

In addition to breaking 1/2 a million views, Out With Dad is starting to rack up nominations for a number of awards, including the following from the Indie Soap Awards: OUTSTANDING USE OF MUSIC OUSTANDING LEAD ACTOR – Will Conlon BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE –...

Late July – Hospital Quiet

Following 2010’s well received Sideswept, Late July’s sophomore effort Hospital Quiet will be released in late March, 2011! I had a wonderful time producing and writing the string arrangements for this record with the talented Nicole Simone aka Miss Late...

Out With Dad

2010 Directed by Jason Leaver, Produced by Eric Taylor. With over half a million views of it’s first season, this popular web-series is really taking off!  The score was produced with live harp and strings, and also features songs off of Late July’s debut...

Soul Train

[Photo of Adrian (right) playing with members of Fried Dough courtesy of Kate Campbell] Currently in rehearsals! This time behind the drum kit, I rejoin the Fried Dough team (which brought you Burning Down the House at the Opera House in 2007 – pictured above)...

Ryerson University’s Chang School

I wrote and produced the music for this video created by the Marketing and Communications division at the Ryerson’s Chang School of Continuing Education, celebrating their “Leaders in Learning” in 2010.  I’ve been working with The Chang School...

Shift

Drawing from a number of pop culture references, Shift is a thrilling CGI animated short film featuring an epic battle between two mortal enemies, and an equally epic and intense orchestral score!  Written for brass and strings primarily, it also features a huge...

Mobius

Fall 2009 – art installation part of Nuit Blanche.  Directed by Jason Leaver. For this project, I wrote an ambient score (featuring live viola, electric guitar, and sound design) that would loop back, as well as interact with itself on 4 opposing screens at a...

The Crackwalker

Adrian Ellis’ moody sound design is a near-perfect aural background for the gloomy action. – Graeme Stewart, BlogTO Staged and Confused’s 2008 production of The Crackwalker enjoyed fantastic critical reviews and popular success, and many sold out...

Head Count

Head count is a super creepy short film by Sean Carley, for which I wrote an ambient horror style score.  The main theme features classical guitar, and this was one of the first films where I decided to use the guitar as a main instrument.  Throughout Head Count,...

Pop. 6 Billion

A handful of emerging filmmakers were handed a camera phone and asked to shoot a film exploring the theme of Courage for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival TalentLab. Population 6 Billion is the film Sean Carley wrote, directed and edited, shot entirely on a...