Finishing Up The Feature

I’m finishing up my feature film! I’m writing this as I’m printing the stems (which, by the way is probably the most boring part of the whole process) and will hand over the final mixes this weekend. It’s been a crazy couple of months with lots and lots of work, which makes it feel even more satisfying to be finished. I’ve had the chance to push myself out of my comfort zone writing more experimental and gritty than I have ever done before. It’s been all about creating interesting textures and staying away from the traditional way of scoring. Instead of leaning on themes, I’ve used sounds. There’s birds and sleigh bells, spoken words and heavily processed cellos, tremolo voices and lots of reversed samples. Some of the stuff is straight up weird, but yet effective. I think it captures the confusion and weirdness of the subject matter in the film. There’s a lot of dialog in this film, which has been a different challenge. You don’t want to get in the way, at the same time you don’t want to just find a cool synth sound and hold down a key for 10 minutes. It’s been all about creating and molding sounds, digging out textures and shapes. I had some great help from a couple of LA’s best musicians. I brought in a cello player and a guitarist who are both very experienced in experimental film score. They added the icing on the cake. Wish I could talk more about the film itself, but it’s all a little hush hush at this point. I’ll keep you posted.