Last year I had the chance to work with Clint Bargen (http://www.clintbargen.com/) and Jon Fehr (http://twitter.com/jrfehr) on their short film, “Sophie Said Something”. It’s short and sweet, but required an unexpectedly versatile set of music to fit the piece.
At first I thought it would be pretty simple, but when the first piece in the temp score was by Chopin and my instructions were to “write something in a similar style”, I had to prepare for something a little more involved.
Obviously it’s no classical masterpiece, but by listening to a two hour Chopin playlist several times, I felt like I was able to get into the right sort of headspace. I really enjoy writing in the classical mindset, no matter how bad I may be at it. It’s liberating to be able to write whatever you want without a thought for how catchy it is or how good your song structure is or what have you.
There’s some generic string parts in the middle, but they don’t have much of a theme and therefore aren’t worth sharing even though they did their job well.
The film finishes off (spoilers) on a slightly humorous, ironic note… Which is not a mood I have ever had to write a musical cue for before. After several failed attempts, I was jamming on the guitar and the idea to use an accordion very suddenly came to mind (thanks, Lord!). Anyway, it wound up sounding sort of French-ish, but all of us were pretty happy with it, so it stayed. You never know what will work, I guess, so you may as well give it all a fair shot.