Navíd (pronounced: Nah-veed) Lancaster is a Musician, Film Composer, Sound Designer and the owner of LANCAST, an independent company that composes the emotions for award-winning films, video games, mobile apps and animation.
Before starting his independent company, Navíd worked and trained in various studios most notably KMP Music Lab in 2001 and Suresound Recording Studios for six years. From 2009 to 2012 he also worked as a Sound Engineer Officer/Media Archive Producer at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (N.A.P.A).
Other highlights include:
Composed the soundtrack for film ‘Buck – The Man Spirit’. (Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Short at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2012).
Composed the soundtrack and trailer music for the film 'Jab In The Dark'. (Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best short at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2013).
Technical Assistant for the award-winning, PBS broadcasted docudrama ‘Pan! Our Music Odyssey’ (2014).
Sound Designer/Music Editor for the full length documentary ‘Re-Percussions. Pan: Our African Odyssey’ (Winner of Best Documentary at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2015).
Sound Designer for the Caribbean Premiere and run of the play ‘Carnival Medea – A Bacchanal’ in 2017.
Music Composer/Sound Designer for various animations including Pepperpot Valley for CARICOM (The Caribbean Community).
Sound Designer for various music videos from 2018 – present.
Composed the soundtrack for ‘Immune’ (Winner of Best Film, Quarantine Category at the Alternative Film Festival, Spring 2021)
He is also the Music Composer and Sound Designer for the ongoing Knight Series and other content created by multiple award-winning Stack Designer, Anthony Phills. He and Anthony Phills, along with other team members, won the Silver Medal at the 2020 International Design Awards (IDA) for the creation, development and implementation of the Immersive Learning, Augmented Reality (AR) app, UNBREAKABLE. Navid and his works have also been the focus of various newspaper and online articles including guest blogs on Stage32 - the world's largest social network and educational hub for film, television & digital creatives.
He is also a member of the Bahá’í Faith.
A lover of the Japanese language, he also spent two years in the Center of Language Learning in the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Navíd is also a member of the Creative Passport (verified via YOTI) a member of the Copyright Music Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (C.O.T.T), a holder of the Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification (C.S.M.E.) and EDEXCEL BTEC HND in Media and Communications. He also holds a BA (Hons) First Class in Media and Communications from the University of Greenwich, England. He also holds an MA in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester, England
Unique traits: Japanese tattoo on left shoulder.
Film (short) (Thriller) Composer In a world scourged by a terrible disease, a healthy, mother-to-be, must escape the clutches of an authoritarian government or risk losing her life and that of her unborn child.
Film (short) (Horror) Composer After the government decides to quarantine a suspected COVID-19 group to a remote location, a desperate man named Raz decides to escape the shady confinement. He sets off on a quest to find refuge with an old friend, Rose. When his text messages begging for help are met with rejection, he spirals into deploying a stream of threats which lead to irreversible primal actions.
Ganga Dhaara: Sacred Spaces
Documentary by Perry Polar / Sharda Patasar (Documentary) Cinematographer
Film (short) by Aziz Tebyanian (Short) Thanks (Credit) Thrown out of her home, Maryam is given refuge by a neighbor. There, she finds out a truth she has to come to grips with.
Erphaan Alves: Lock On
Film by Steven M. Taylor (Short) Composer Undercover Agent Garcia works her way into the heart and mind of the leader of an ongoing illegal operation in a desperate bid to end a cycle of exploitation.
Erphaan Alves: Lock On
Film by Steven M. Taylor (Short) Sound Designer Undercover Agent Garcia works her way into the heart and mind of the leader of an ongoing illegal operation in a desperate bid to end a cycle of exploitation.
Same Old Shit
Film (short) by Robert MacFarlane (Short) Composer When a tempered rock icon is confronted with an unlikely souvenir from his outrageous past, he is enticed to return to his true nature
Film by Nick Attin (Sci-Fi) Music department An Astronaut responding to a distress beacon in deep space slips into a wormhole and finds himself in the afterlife.
Re-Percussions, PAN: Our African Odyssey
Film by Kim Johnson Music Editor / Sound Design Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey is the story of the steelpan, which evolved from the drum, which African slaves brought, and is today a completely different orchestral instrument. It was taken by Trinidadians to the Festival of Black Arts in 1977, held in Lagos, Nigeria, when it enthralled a young boy, Bowie Sonie Bowei. He never forgot and 25 years later Bowie has dedicated his lift to propagating the steelpan in Nigeria. But it's not so easy: first he has to learn the difficult craft of making the instrument, and then penetrate the indifference of the society. The solution he opts for is to target the children, but can he succeed?
PAN! Our Music Odyssey
Documentary by Jérôme Guiot / Thierry Teston (Documentary) Technical Assistant A rags-to-riches tale of the steel band movement, witnessed through several steel pan musicians as they prepare for battle on the big stage.
Jab In The Dark
Film (short) by Robert MacFarlane (Thriller) Composer The discovery of a secret diary draws a drug addicted security guard into a world of demons and a struggle for inner redemption.
Buck - The Man Spirit
Film (short) by Steven Taylor (Thriller) Composer Winner of the People's Choice Award for Best Short at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, 2012. A rural taxi driver sets aside his reluctance to adopt a Guyanese Baccoo (BUCK) for the sake of saving his failing domestic relationship. This gamble takes a turn for the worse when death knocks at his door
'Immune'. (Winner of Best Film, Quarantine Category at the Alternative Film Festival, Spring 2021)
'Re-Percussions. Pan: Our African Odyssey'. Winner of Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2015
'Jab In The Dark'. Winner of People's Choice for Best Short at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. 2013
'Buck - The Man Spirit' won the BPTT People's Choice Award at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2012
University of Leicester
University of Greenwich
School of Business and Computer Science (S.B.C.S.)