Three Minute selection from the short film 'The Landlord'. The original short film has no score or music.
I scored one main theme, which is played around various horror indents and suspense melodies. I wanted to score this from the perspective of an American drama series, taking the original light-hearted and slapstick nature of the film and showcasing it in the way an HBO or similar American series would be scored. I chose an electric guitar to represent Cheeco, summing up his urban and menacing character and giving a modern urban drama feel to the score. Simple guitar notes are played at various points in the film. The main theme is implied in the first cue and is later played on the strings as part of the suspense cues. Some of the things I employed in this score are the use of string counter melodies, and contrasts from big, full sounds to quiet, single string melodies. There is a shot where the camera follows down the hallway to the door and I scored this as a descending string pattern to compliment and work with the shot. I scored a subtle crescendo on brass and strings to represent Cheeco going past the door when Max is inside the toilet, giving away to a single, contrasting string line to create tension. In the bathroom body reveal scene, I chose to ‘hit’ the reaction from Max, and put across his sudden realisation through a string decent, rather than ‘hit’ the reveal of the body.