Graduate Certificate - Producing, 2009
Evan Buist is the Founder and Managing Director of Melodie, an Australian music licensing company representing an extensive catalogue of quality production music.
Evan worked as a film & TV composer and sound designer since 2000, composing jingles, mixing movie trailers and tweaking promos for companies like UIP (prior to Universal & Paramount’s split), Fox Sports & National Geographic Channels.
In 2007, Evan co-created and co-composed a musical pre-school television format called The Moogies. Set in an imaginary world, this 65-episode live-action/animation series was refined during a Graduate Producing course at AFTRS and later sold as an option to Screentime.
After a brief stint travelling, Evan moved to London where he mixed commercial promos for artists including Amy Winehouse, Gorillaz & Kelly Rowland. Also, creating the Ultra Music ID, which has had well over 1 billion views introducing music videos for artists like Calvin Harris, deadmua5 & Steve Aoki.
In 2014, Evan founded bespoke music crowdsourcing platform, NeedaJingle, which grew to a community of over 700 composers pitching on commercial advertising briefs, and was the foundation for what became Melodie.
At Melodie, Evan represents an exclusive catalogue of emotive, impactful music for content, created by award-winning Australian and international artists. Melodie tracks can be heard in programs like Australian Ninja Warrior, Aussie Lobster Men, Bondi Rescue, Deadly Women, Drunk History, Love Island Australia, Monster Croc Wrangler, One Born Every Minute, Territory Cops, The Real Dirty Dancing & Wife Swap Australia.
Sharing a room with so many passionate Australian TV producers was truly inspiring. I remember everyone in that room had something exciting going on at the time. Refining treatments, developing films, buying up options to produce TV from Australian novels. Peter Herbert & fellow lecturers were all so supportive and knowledgeable; there was a real buzz about it.
There are countless highlights, and without excluding any, I would say the joys of working with such creative and talented people over the last two decades. And that feeling – after so much time, love and care has gone into crafting a piece of music – when that music is broadcast on television for the very first time, bringing pictures to life.