Recently I had the pleasure of composing the score for the short film "Pay Per View" directed by the awesome James Heiner. James and I worked together on the short "Figure 2.1", so it was nice to get called in to do "Pay Per View" as well. James is a great director, and really knows how to communicate his vision to me as a composer. It's just a pleasure to work with a director who knows what he wants, and knows how to ask for it. It really makes you fall in love with the collaborative process.
This score was really fun to write, as it acted more like a dreamy soundscape, wallpapering over the scene. Similar to the way Cliff Martinez often writes, which can be seen clearly in a film such as "Spring Breakers".
All the cues I got to write did not have any dialogue, so I was given plenty of room for sonic expression. The score consists mainly of delayed synth bells, a celeste, synth bass, electric guitars, piano, and a bunch of ambient pads weaving in and out.
For the first cue, Dermot, my main focus was making the music as dreamy, dark, and sexy as possible. The whole tone of the scene is sexy as hell - the lighting, the girl's skinny jeans and black heels, the way Dermot lights his cigarette and winks. This is about as sensual as you can get. But it's also very dark, and almost troublesome. We know Harold wants it, but probably shouldn't.
The second cue, At The Bar, is a little lighter. It's a complete fantasy, and is more amicable. Not quite as overtly sexual, but definitely dreamy. I chose harmony that was a little more open and positive, and opened up the ambient pads to sound more airy.
For the end credits, I decided to take the sonic pallet I created and just run with it, ending up with a chill, dark, electronic track with nice impact. Here I introduced some muted electric guitar, and some guitar harmonics. It all maintains that dreamy soundscape, but it really just drops you in and gets things moving.
All in all, "Pay Per View" was an amazing project to work on. Like I said before, I got to wallpaper over the scenes, so I had tons of flexibility, and had lots of room and opportunity to breathe into the film.
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Also, for anyone in the Chicago area, "Pay Per View" will be screening on November 6th, 2015. Check out the Facebook page for more details: