Vivien Benjamin Villani is a French-Italian classically-trained film composer, professor of film scoring and writer based in Los Angeles.
His classical training took place in several Schools of Music in Paris. He has studied music theory with Laurent Saudain and Anthony Girard, piano with François Kerdoncuff, orchestration with Guillaume Connesson and orchestra conducting with Adrian McDonnell. In 2003, he graduated with high honors in Film Studies at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne with a Master's Degree, with the professor Nicole Brenez as his mentor.
As a composer, Vivien Villani scored feature films like MAKING MONSTERS by Justin Harding and Rob Runner, A CRY FROM WITHIN by Deborah Twiss and BETTER DAYS by Alessio di Giambattista, as well as multi-Awarded short films THE SMILING MAN by A. J. Briones, LATCHED by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner, and MORNING AFTER by Patricia Chica. Most of his soundtracks have been performed by live orchestras recorded in studio.
Besides, he has been teaching film scoring, musicology and film theory in the US, Italy and France since 2005. In March 2013, he was invited by Professor Elisabeth Weis to give a lecture at the Brooklyn College (New York City). Since 2016, he gives presentations at New York University (NYU) in New York City on the occasion of the prestigious conference Music and the Moving Image (MaMI). His lectures are mostly organized around the conception of film music by American directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino... or the work of composers John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Marco Beltrami or Alexandre Desplat. He has written two books, "Guide pratique de la musique de film" [Practical guide to film music] (2008, in French) about film scoring, and "Dario Argento" (2008, in Italian), a monography about the Italian director.
Vivien Villani is currently represented by John Velasco with Direction By Appointment, Inc. in New York City, who's also president of the post-production company Moondog NYC. While Vivien Villani's studio is based in Hollywood District in Los Angeles, he collaborates with producers worldwide, including New York City and Canada-based producers.