“Tom's music was a real turning point for me. (He) delivered a song, and I was very touched by it. I love his music, I think he did an absolutely phenomenal job. ”
Vincent Ward, Creative Director - City Of 100 Lovers
“...From day one it's been a joy! Tom is not only a uniquely gifted orchestrator, he's a naturally collaborative artist for whom it's all about the music! ”
Tim Finn OBE, Composer & Lyricist - Star Navigator
“I was fortunate to be introduced to Tom McLeod, our composer for the feature film Kiwi Christmas. Tom is one of those rare people you meet only occasionally in the screen industry - extraordinarily talented in his field of creative work and a wonderful human being at the same time. He had an immediate affinity with the project and, with his fantastic musical range, started hitting the emotional points we were so hoping for in the score from the start. As a family film, Kiwi Christmas required music that told the story for younger audiences but also gave older viewers enough "classic movie music" to know they were watching a proper feature film. Working with Tom is a joy as he listens, processes, offers and creates a score. A genuinely decent and thoroughly talented composer with whom I will definitely want to work with again.”
Tim Sanders, Producer - Kiwi Christmas, Lord Of The Rings, Whale Rider
“If there was one thing we were certain about when we went into post production, it was that we knew the music we had would work. Until we tried it and realised, to our horror, that it didn't work at all. What to do? With the clock ticking, we said our prayers and put the word out for help.
And everyone came back with the same name. Tom McLeod.
We needn't have prayed it would work out because not only did Tom listen, see and feel the story we wanted to tell, he also added a whole other story to it as well. That's what Tom does: he puts the icing on that cake you lovingly baked over a couple of years. And to top it all off, he's just such a damned good guy - a real pleasure to work with.
So if there's one thing we'll be certain of when we go into our next film, it's that we'll be asking Tom "The Icing Man" McLeod to do the music. Can't wait.”
Slavko Martinov, Director/Writer - Pecking Order
“Working with Tom has been a fantastic creative journey. I set out to make a film where the story told could be done without relying on dialogue. If you go down that road the danger is you have a film that feels empty. From the onset I knew that what would fill that emptiness was the score. The right music would fill the film with all it needed to tell the story. It would add fifty percent again to the story telling.
I watched Tom fill that space with musical wonder and delight. His nuances gave the scenes a stronger purpose and resonance. His musical ideas added so much joy to the film.
He introduced a whistle from the key character which has made the film. It added something special and solved a problem I had wrestled with from the beginning. I'm in the UK so lots of late night calls meant that when I woke up in the morning, I woke to listen to Tom's latest efforts.
It was a magical journey and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a fantastic talent.”
Karen Kelly, Director/Writer - Chips
“I worked with Tom McLeod on the music for an international 3D feature film, 'Into The Rainbow' which I directed in both China and New Zealand. This was the first ever official co-production between those two countries, and with such a prestigious project it was important to get things right, especially when it came to the film score.
Tom was our first choice to compose, orchestrate and produce all our musical needs, and we never regretted our decision for a second. His music was brilliant, his attitude wonderful and his work rate astonishing. Collaborating with the 'creative and musical' Mr. McLeod has been one of the happiest and most rewarding experiences of my film making career - (which has included such masters of their craft as Hans Zimmer, Stanley Myers and Carl Davis).
I can't wait to work with him again.”
Norman Stone, Director - Into The Rainbow
“Tom produced a stunning soundtrack for my feature documentary The Art of Recovery. Working within the budget, he focused on getting the best outcome possible and was a pleasure to work with every step of the way. He took direction, he understood the complexity and emotion around an inspiring story that came out of human tragedy and he delivered a sound track that brought so much to the finished film. Tom's a brilliant composer I have no hesitation in recommending him to any director.”
Peter Young, Producer / Director - The Art Of Recovery
“Tom is the perfect collaborator, because long before you talk about the project he already has a great understanding of, script, tone and characters.
He invests as deeply as you do into a project and what he creates, moulds and applies through his musical talents is like a world class magicians slight of hand.
Music ideas can be hard to express to a composer, because we don't have the same musical articulation and level of musical talent to convey what we want.
However Tom has a brilliant selective ear for interpreting a creative vision and then applying music to elevate any scene.”
Craig Newland, Director - 3 Mile Limit
“Tom's very smart and creative in terms of how he approaches his soundtrack work. He thinks about characters and story first, so his music grows organically out of the project's bones. He's very versatile (a creative strength), and very quick (a practical asset not to be underestimated). Most amazingly, the pretentious twaddle that one normally chews over before the real work gets done, actually translates into meaningful notes and themes. Tom doesn't just talk the talk, he delivers the goods. He's like a bespoke tailor, sewing and stitching and weaving a marvelous outfit of nuanced mood and colour all around the body of the film. If your movie looks a bit like Ricky Gervais to start with, it might end up more like James Bond when Tom's done with it. He's a terrific collaborator, well worth bringing aboard as early in the life of a project as possible.”
Costa Botes - Filmmaker - Forgotten Silver, Candyman, Last Dogs Of Winter, Angie
“Tom McLeod is a wonderful composer and arranger. One of the best. His skill and versatility are a very valuable asset to any musical project.”
Russell Garcia – Oscar winning Composer/Arranger
“...An outstanding job. Not only did Tom deliver exactly the kind of music I was after, he also managed to surprise me constantly with his own interpretations of the project. These personal touches, plus a healthy dose of professionalism (and the fact that he's not a bad bloke) give you a composer I wouldn't hesitate to use again in the future.”
Thomas Robins, Emmy Award winning Writer/Director - Girl vs Boy, Reservoir Hill, The Killian Curse
“Tom's contribution was inspirational and proved to be a valuable story telling tool. His music complemented and enhanced our stories, giving both shows a 'feature film' quality. Genius!”
Stephen Campbell, Writer/Director - The Amazing Extraordinary Friends and Secret Agent Men
“"A brilliant musician who blew us away with the professionalism and originality of his composing... Tom will win an Oscar some day soon - I just hope it's for one of Greenstone's shows!”
John Harris, Producer - Amazing Extraordinary Friends, Secret Agent Men
“Tom McLeod is like having an "orchestra" of composers on tap - as he can deliver any style, sound, symphony your show requires. He's classic, hip and always on time and budget”
Debra Kelleher, Producer - Karaoke High, One Night Only, The Tribe, Atlantis High, Revelations