Nainita Desai

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Acclaimed with three recent Emmy nominations and an Emmy win in 2022, Nainita Desai is a current Critics Choice nominee and an RTS and World Soundtrack Awards 2021 winner for Discovery of the Year. A double BIFA and Cinema Eye Honors nominee; BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and IFMCA Breakthrough Composer of the year 2019, Nainita was described by Empire magazine as one of the top 5 composers to watch for 2022 who also won the Women In Film & TV Award for Creative Technology 2022.

Amongst various BAFTA, Oscar and Emmy acclaimed productions, Nainita’s recent projects include the hit Netflix documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible produced by Oscar winning Jimmy Chinn, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy nomination and Oscar winning John Batsekk’s feature The Deepest Breath (A24, Netflix) for which her score earned her a Critics Choice nomination for Best Original Score.

Her other notable credits include Oscar nominated and BAFTA & Cannes winning feature doc For Sama, Sundance winning film The Reason I Jump and Emmy nominated Body Parts. Recent projects include BBC action thriller series Crossfire, Sky comedy Funny Woman (Gemma Arterton), landmark natural history series Predators for Sky/Netflix and the iconic Call of Duty video game franchise.

2024 projects include upcoming fantasy action adventure series Nautilus for AMC/Disney+ and ITV Drama The Tower S3. Nainita has also scored upcoming landmark natural history series Earthsounds for Apple TV+ and OceanXplorers, upcoming James Cameron series for the BBC and Nat Geo as well as premium feature docs for Netflix, and Universal, series for SKY and video games for Sony Interactive and EA Originals.

Following a degree in Maths and studying sound for film at the NFTS in the UK, Nainita began her career as a sound designer on feature films for directors including Werner Herzog and Bertolucci, as well as assistant music engineering for Peter Gabriel. Nainita moves seamlessly between working with orchestras, to scores utilizing her collection of custom-made instruments, incorporating electronics, found sound, and experimental sound design which has informed her experimental, deeply immersive approach.

2024-25 Untitled GameSony Interactive / Guerilla Games 2023 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare DLCActivision / Infinity Ward 2024 Project Olorun (WIP)Surgent StudiosPublisher: EA Originals 2022 ImmortalityHalf Mermaid Productions / Sam BarlowSCL Awards: Best Video Game ScoreThe Edge Magazine: Catchiest SongMPSE Golden Reel Awards: Best Music EditingG.A.N.G Awards nominee: Best Music for an Indie GameG.A.N.G. Awards nominee: Best Creative and Technical Achievement in MusicWorld Soundtrack Awards: Best Video Game Score nomineeDevelop Awards 2023 Nominee Best Music 2019 Telling LiesMusic+Sound Awards winner, Best Original music for a video gameHMMA Awards Nominee Best Original music for a video game trailerSam Barlow, Half Mermaid ProductionsPublisher: Annapurna Interactive

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