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Monthly Archives: April 2012
’60 BPM’ is a short film directed by Jordan Blazak. It’s about a teenage girl that lives her life at 60 beats per minute. Meaning, she walks at 60 BPM, breathes at 60 BPM, taps her pencil at 60 BPM, etc. For the score, Jordan just wanted strings and a piano, and that turned out to be the perfect instruments for his film since at one point, the main character would be playing a classical song on piano. If the score had any more instruments in it, it would probably be too overwhelming. I created the score at 60 BPM and linked it up with the girls steps and tapping of a pencil. At the beginning of the film when the girl is waking up, she hits her alarm clock, and that’s right when I bring the piano into the score with the strings as a basis keeping up the 60 BPM.
This film was very different from the other films that I have scored because it’s not fantastical or heroic. What I mean by that, is that the film isn’t about a girl with magical powers or a man leaving a shelter after 20 years. It was a more laid back film to score. This film was actually a little bit tougher than the other films. It was hard to figure out what the right ‘genre’ of music the score should be. After figuring out what the right genre was, the film took only about an hour to two hours to score. Since the film is only about 4 minutes long, and the film is very driven by music, it doesn’t have a moment where there is no music.
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Watch out for my new score that I am working on currently! I should either have it done by tonight or tomorrow night at the latest. I’ve had this idea for a while, it’s not for any specific thing, just something I’ve been thinking about. Please let me know what you think of it when you check it out!
‘It’s Fine Now’ is a short film about a misfit sister who has magical powers and is shunned by her other sisters. This film was a short homage film to Tim Burton, and so the director I worked with, Armeenah Bey, obviously wanted a Danny Elfman style score. Armeenah was unfortunate enough to have a lot of people say they would help her out in different ways, but then backed out at the last minute. Therefore, when it came time for me to score her film, I basically only had a couple of days. Then I was told that she needed it in a day, so my couple of days was really cut short. Before reading her script, Armeenah told me to check out Danny Elfman’s ‘Corpse Bride’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ score. I only listened to Danny Elfman’s ‘Corpse Bride’ score a couple of times and I listened to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ almost every day on my own already since it was my favorite album. What I really ended up listening to for this short film was Danny Elfman’s score for ‘Edward Scizzorhands.’ I thought that score of Danny’s was a lot better to listen to for this short because there was a connection between the character Edward and Armeenah’s character. They were in the same situation of being ‘those freaks,’ the character everyone thinks is weird, but in the end, ends up liking.
So when scoring ‘It’s Fine Now,’ it was pretty easy to compose because I had listened to Danny Elfman’s ‘Edward Scizzorhands’ for days and I felt it was perfect for the situation and character. The “Scizzorhands” score had that mystical tone to it because of the bells, strings, voices, and lack of drums which fit the character in Armeenah’s film. So for her score, I used bells, strings, and a creepy ghostly sound in the background that created that sense of mystery. In the end, I actually had to score everything for her film in one day except her main theme because I had worked on that before getting her film, I ended up working on it every moment that I had open and I probably stayed up until 3-4 in the morning. While composing, I took notes on what instruments are good for that type of character and situation, as I also did for ‘The Shelter.’
This is how the main theme came out for ‘It’s Fine Now.’ Check out my Soundcloud for more music from this film! If you’re interested in my work, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com
‘The Shelter’ is the first film I ever composed for. I worked with award winning director and cinematographer, Stephen B. Keider and I couldn’t have asked for a better director to have my first experience as a film composer with.
‘The Shelter’ is about a man who has been living in a fallout shelter with his son for 20 years and is forced to leave the shelter when his son falls ill.
The easiest part about this film was composing the theme for it. The theme was pretty easy to compose because Stephen and I conversed about what I should have listened to for an idea of what he wanted. He wanted his film to be an Homage to M. Night Shyamalan, therefore James Newton Howard was a must to listen to, but he also wanted me to listen to ‘The Book of Eli’ and Fallout 3. He wanted the music to be a lot like ‘The Book of Eli,’ but it ended up having more influence from James Newton Howard, which actually ended up working perfectly with his film. Every time I hear the theme for ‘The Shelter,’ I myself get goosebumps.
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During the composing process of this film, I found myself at my keyboard every moment of the day when I wasn’t in class, eating, or sleeping. There was actually one day where I stayed up until about 4 in the morning because I was on such a roll with the film that I couldn’t stop.
There were also days, specifically one, where I was stuck on something and had to take a whole day trying to get a score right. Stephen wanted elevator/pharmacy style music for a specific scene where the main character goes to a pharmacy, and it took an entire day to actually listen to elevator music and get the right feel down. I listened to a lot of elevator music until I found one that was perfect and listened to it over and over again to learn what the form was and what instrumentation would be good to use. Once I figured out the melodic part of the score, I was on a roll. You can listen to my final product of this music if you go to my Soundcloud or go to ‘My Work’ on this site and listen to Apothecary Scene from ‘The Shelter.’
I’m an upcoming film composer with broad musical tastes and abilities. I am always looking for exciting new projects, and if you are interested in my work, don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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‘It’s Fine Now’