An Interview with Andrea Possee

Orchestrator for 'Stardog and Turbocat'


Day 2: Recording Strings. Andrea expertly conducts the string players whilst listening to a click track

Andrea Possee is a composer and orchestrator who is currently working on animated feature ‘Stardog and Turbocat’, produced by RedStar 3D, and due out in cinemas in late 2019. It features the voices of Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Bill Nighy (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ & ‘At World’s End’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Love Actually’), and Gemma Arterton (‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Quantum of Solace’).

‘Stardog and Turbocat’ is a 3D-animated comedy-adventure about an unlikely pair of superheroes. The tale begins in 1966, when the loyal dog Buddy is launched into space by his NASA scientist owner. He finally crash lands in the 21st century in the small town of Glenview. Here, a pet ban is ruthlessly enforced by animal-hating police officer Peck. Desperate to be reunited with his previous owner, Buddy turns to Felix: a.k.a. the vigilante hero Turbocat, a genius millionaire cat.

Andrea completed her MA in orchestration for film, games and television with ThinkSpace, before going on to score and orchestrate for a number of feature films, short films, and TV shows, including critically acclaimed ‘Cat Skin’, and Christmas short ‘The Naughty List’.  She has also had music featured on TV series ‘Come Dine With Me’, ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’, ‘Building Dream Homes’, and ‘Tales of Northumberland’ with Robson Green.

Andrea has been working closely with composer Heather Fenoughty, and myself as assistant orchestrator, in order to prepare all the scores and files necessary for a successful recording session.


Day 1: Recording Brass


Day 1: The all-female team.  Heather, Andrea and Lois having a bit of fun in between cues!

Day 2: Recording the strings. One of the cellists rehearsing her part


Composer Heather Fenoughty observing from the booth, with recording engineer and studio Director George Atkins

I caught up with Andrea at the recording session to ask more about what she’s been doing, and how her MA prepared her for it.

It was a fabulous two days of recording at 80Hertz Studios in Manchester!  There will be further updates on ‘Stardog and Turbocat’ when the film is released later this year.

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Lois Mugleston

Lois Mugleston

Lois, our assistant course manager and ThinkSpace Education tutor, is a french horn player with more than 20 years of experience in playing in orchestras. She has written scores, composed and created sound design for numerous short films, feature films, documentaries, TV shows, video games and ads.

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