Soundstone Music made it to the big screen!
On Thursday my wife and I joined a throng of supporters at the Pacific Film & New Media Academy’s graduation show at Cineplex Odeon theatre in Victoria. Seven short films were premiered, including Motionless, written and directed by Sandra Quinn, and featuring music by me! The films ranged from Sci-Fi to disaster movie to high school comedy, each with its own unique flavour. Motionless is a “spiritual drama” about a grieving widower, Matt, and his struggle to move on with his life after his wife’s passing. Beautifully shot in and around Cadboro Bay, the film is filled with touching memories from Matt’s past as well as hope for the future, which in this case comes in the form of encouragement from the spirit of Emily Carr, famous Victoria painter.
The film is about 12 minutes long, and about half of that features my piano and string cues. The music is melancholy, given the serious subject matter, but I tried to add some musical curiosity and hopeful energy when the time was right, by using a couple of themes that drift in and out.
It was a thrill to hear it in the theatre and see the final result on the big screen. All the extra effort on those little details in composing, performing, and recording are all worth it at that moment. It’s funny how watching your recorded performance can still make you nervous when it’s shown for the first time… nervous but excited! Hopefully I’ll be back at a theatre near you sometime soon…
Listen to the title cue from Motionless below.