Louis Febre

Louis Febre[1] (born June 21, 1959) is a Mexican born composer, best known for his work on the television series Smallville. He also won an Emmy Award for his score to The Cape in 1997.[2]

Louis Febre
Louis Febre
Background information
Birth nameLouis Febre
Born (1959-06-21) June 21, 1959
Saltillo, Mexico
GenresTelevision score, Film scores, soundtracks
Years active1992–present


Born in the city of Saltillo, Mexico, Febre composed his first works for the piano at age 8 while studying piano at a private academy in Northern Mexico. In 1973, his family moved to Los Angeles where he continued his study of the piano under the tutelage of Robert Turner[3] and Francoise Regnat.[4]

Febre went on to formal composition study with Lorraine Kimball[5] and Frank Campo.[6] During this period, he wrote several chamber works and other large form compositions.

He is married to Lisa Febre, a Los Angeles-area multi-instrumentalist performer and teacher.


In 1992, Febre was employed by B-movie company PM Entertainment, where he discovered his true compositional passion: film scoring. In 1996, he met his mentor John Debney, a partnership that would produce successful collaborative efforts such as the movie Doctor Who in 1996 and led to Louis’ first television series The Cape which would earn him an Emmy in 1997 for Best Dramatic Underscore.[7]

Febre has enjoyed success with the movies Swimfan (2002), Tower of Terror (Disney) and a set of Scooby-Doo straight-to-video movies in 2001. He earned an Annie Award nomination for his score for Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders. That same year, he won a Pixie Award for the independent short film: Revenge of the Red Balloon. According to some critics, his score for Alien Trespass transcended the tepid reviews of the film itself.[8] Variety compared it to the classic sci-fi scores of noted composer Bernard Herrmann.[9]

In 2001, Febre collaborated with Steve Jablonsky on the first season of the hit television series Desperate Housewives. As an additional orchestrator, he worked again with John Debney on Cats & Dogs, Jimmy Neutron, the Disney film Chicken Little, Disney World Tokyo, and with Mark Snow on The X-Files (1998).


Febre is probably best known for his work on the hit television series Smallville. With the departure of Mark Snow from Smallville, Febre became the credited composer in season seven. His score reflected the maturation of the series' protagonist, Clark Kent: "as Clark grew emotionally and intellectually more complex, [he] found a need to comment musically on his growth, and as he drew closer to his Superman persona, it became obvious that a 'Superman' theme would be required."[10]

Febre maintains a prominent presence in the Smallville fan community. He is a featured personality on fan sites where he blogs about his process for composing for the show, and several fan magazines have published interviews with him on the subject of score composition for Smallville.

In 2011, Smallville: Score From The Complete Series Vol. 1 with Mark Snow, was released.


1997Emmy Award - Best Dramatic Underscore: The CapeWin
1998BMI TV Music AwardWin
2001Pixie Award - Best Music Score: Revenge of the Red BalloonWin
2001Annie Award - Best Music Score: Scooby-Doo and the Alien InvadersNomination



Charlie's AngelsSony/ABC
SmallvilleWarner Bros./WB
Desperate HousewivesTouchstone Television/ABC
Birds of PreyWarner Bros./WB
The FugitiveWarner Bros./WB
Mr MurderPratchett-Kaufman/ABC
Medusa's ChildTopanga Productions/NBC
The CapeMTM Television/CBS
LA HeatPM Entertainment

Feature Films

ControlTim HunterMillennium Films
Nine LivesDavid CarsonMillennium Films
Bad Girls from MarsFred Olen Ray
SwimfanJohn Polson20th Century Fox
A Woman's A Helluva ThingKaren Leigh HopkinsRegent Entertainment
Jack and GordJohn ComriC3 Productions, Inc.
Hobb's EndPhilip David SegalA.V.R.I.O. Filmworks/Avrio Filmworks/Polestar Entertainment Group

Video Feature Films

Scooby-Doo and the Cyber ChaseJim StrenstrumHanna-Barbera Prod.
Scooby-Doo and the Alien InvadersJim StrenstrumHanna-Barbera Prod.
Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's GhostJim StrenstrumHanna-Barbera Prod.
The ForceMark RossmanRepublic Entertainment
Last Man StandingJoseph MerhiPM Entertainment
Martial OutlawKarl AndersonImage Organization
Private WarsJohn WeidnerPM Entertainment
RageYoussef Kdiry, Joseph MerhiPM Entertainment
Scanner CopPierre DavidImage Organization
Serial KillerPierre DavidImage Organization
The SilencersRichard PepinPM Entertainment
Two Bits & PepperCarey Michael EubanksRepublic Pictures

Cable Films

Time BombSteven GyllenhaalViacom/CBS
Cyber Seduction: His Secret LifeTom McLoughlinWorking Title/Lifetime
3: The Dale Earnhardt StoryRussell MulcahyOrly Adelson Prod/ESPN
Red WaterCharles Robert CarnerSony Pictures/TBS
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray StoryPeter LevinPatriarch Pictures / Lifetime
Christmas RushCharles Robert CarnerSony Pictures TV/TBS
Dead In A HeartbeatDan SackheimShavick Entertainment / TBS
Hidden TargetArmand MastroianniColumbia TriStar TV / TBS
First TargetArmand MastroianniColumbia TriStar TV / TBS
Nowhere To RunArmand MastroianniColumbia TriStar TV / TBS
Final RunArmand MastroianniColumbia TriStar TV / TBS
First DaughterArmand MastroianniColumbia TriStar TV / TBS
To Love, Honor and BetrayPeter LevinOrly Adelson / CBS
My Father's ShadowPeter LevinJaffe Braunstein Films / CBS
Tower Of TerrorD.J. McHaleDisney TV / ABC
Doctor WhoGeoffrey SaxUniversal Studios TV / FOX
The SecretaryAndrew LaneImagine / CBS


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