Video shot by Peter Leix, edited by Collin McRae.
As I went through post production on my first feature film somebodysdarlingthemovie.com, I sought to compose and produce original soundtrack music of the type I heard in childhood. In middle school and high school, instead of pop music, I spun the vinyl record soundtracks of Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry, James Horner, Basil Poledouris, and of course John Williams. Add to this my introduction to contemporary classical music (by avenue of Stanley Kubrick films) composers like György Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki. A great memory is finding at a local mall, in 1984, the official vinyl soundtrack of "The Shining" (quite a valuable rarity now).
With no musical training and simply an ear for what sounds correct, I was inspired by the stories of one man bands like Paul McCartney or Prince, artists that could perform and produce entire pop albums by playing and recording all the parts themselves one layer at a time. Why not create an old fashioned thematic movie score this way? I slowly began creating demos on a Pro Tools workstation in my living room with an old Roland XP-80 keyboard.
After completing my solo demo for the main theme, I enlisted the help of artist/musician Collin McRae, initially as a session musician to add a few violin tracks. Collin's sessions yielded take after take of variations of improvised lead lines. Using those lead line fragments, as bricks on the foundation of my demo, I built melodies and counter melodies together into a cohesive composition. In effect, Collin became the co-composer of the lead melodies which in turn influenced the remaining themes.
Here is a behind the scenes look at the process, documented by Peter Leix at my home studio in Ann Arbor at the time.
Almost all of the film's music can be heard at somebodysdarlingthemovie.com/score/
ABOUT THE FILM:
Originally shot and screened as a short film, the project was slowly expanded to a running time of 80 minutes. The project is completely self financed and is a joint personal effort between the original producer & story writer, Sebastian Mathews (who produced half of the material with the intention of a short), Sharad Patel (writing, directing, and producing 50% more material to create a feature), Robert Murphy (DP throughout) and many subsequent volunteer actors, 2nd unit producers, and production assistants in the indie Texas filming community.
The feature was accepted into the 2016 Silver Scream Film and Comic Festival by Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine. It also won best international feature film at the 2016 Feratum Film Fest in Mexico.
Title Sequence (more original score): vimeo.com/8113600