’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.