My work on Shadowstar Returns.
When I graduated from film school I figured that I was done working on short films. There didn't seem to be many projects of that nature in the circles I run in - most of my work has been on video games and television. But back in February I got a really cool email from James McKenzie, an old fan of my youtube channel.
He sent me some information about Shadowstar Returns, his Film school thesis project. It was always hard for me to get excited about short films in the past, because the film program I attended was relatively small and low budget. But the way James passionately described the story and themes of his movie stood out to me. That passion coupled with the great looking Work-In-Progress shots from the film was really exciting to me! I accepted his offer and we got started! Working with James was a great experience, because it's not often I get to be a part of a project that's a true creative collaboration. It wasn't just work. It was fun.
The music I came up with for Shadowstar Returns was particularly fun because of the strong use of themes. There were three melodic themes used throughout - Keiran's Theme, Jamell's Theme, and Shadowstar's Theme. It was refreshing and challenging to come up with ways to implement all of these themes in ways that told a story. But thanks to some hard work and close guidance from James, we created an original score that I am very proud of.
I won't give away too much about the film, but I can tell you that it is a heartwarming story of friendship and heroism. It takes the idea of a superhero movie and adds a modern, topical twist that feels very real.
The score will be available as a soundtrack album on June 1st here, once the film has started its run of film festival screenings. For now, check out the official trailer here, and listen to my soundtrack sneak preview, "You and Me" here.