I began around the tenth of September and we finally locked it in/approved all of it as of the twenty-eighth. The benefit of not shaving is that as the days go on it gets itchier until finishing the score becomes a necessity - both personally and professionally. Whatever works for the big names is good enough for the rest of us. It's a quirky thing but whatever keeps you engaged is something worth trying.
The film is by Robby Sparks and features a dubious writer and all of the (seemingly) great story lines he comes up with. It's an energetic film with pirates, lovers, and a few hidden surprises. Writing for such a colorful film was a blast - each segment needed its own theme and the plight of the writer was particularly fun to score.
This was my sixth film score and I have to say that Robby is one of the most articulate filmmakers when it comes to what he expected of the score. Specific instruments, specific characteristics, even down to timings and effects - I've never had a filmmaker so involved before and it's a great asset. From the first phone call we were on a similar wavelength and all the way to the last we knew the end result was going to be worthwhile.
One challenge was that most of the ensemble (besides strings) was restricted to one or two players. Percussion was the hardest to score and I had to restrict one player to a drum-set while the other player had to be carefully scored. In addition to this I accidentally wrote myself into a hole by scoring the double basses to low. Well, not really. Double Basses often get C extensions but since I wasn't too familiar with the group I erred on the side of caution and had to re-score some spots accordingly. It also gets a bit hairy all around the orchestra during the climax - there's so much going on and sporadic changes of tempo/character that it will be a true test for the group.
Now all that remains is the performance: live-performed score with the film's premiere at the festival. It's an honor to be in the featured "Dynamic Duos" section of this festival! A bit nerve-wracking since timing is EVERYTHING during the performance. Click-tracks will be used and it's up to the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, led by their fearless maestro Aaron Collins, to impeccably perform six scores one after the other. No big deal, right?
Many thanks to Aaron Collins for the opportunity, Robby Sparks for making such a creative film, and to the organizers of the Melbourne Independent Filmmaker's Festival for hosting an event featuring the best of both worlds.
So, I'll keep everybody posted on my trip down for the premiere as well as everything else in store. There's a Concerto for Horn and Orchestra and a gnarly work for trumpet/percussion on the horizon...hopefully Writer's Block doesn't set in!
Check below for some festival promos!
Melbourne Independent Filmmaker's Festival Official Site:
Read through Brevard Live's October Issue for the Film Festival Lineup: