Our First International Film
Last year Justin and I produced a 10 minute score for the short film ‘Phosphenes,' directed by Frida Harari Sitton and produced by Alex Balassa from Blindspot Productions. It was our first time working on an international film with a crew from an entirely different part of the world. Nonetheless, with internet and Skype, our communications proved practically flawless.
We worked very closely with the director who had a strong vision for the film's musical character. She told me from the outset that the music was to manifest as the film’s ‘second soul,’ and this was in part due to the fact that the story relied purely on music and picture. There was no script, no words or dialogue. Musically I felt the challenge was to capture the interaction between the two main characters, while toying between what Frida described as ‘reality’ and ‘illusion.'
'Best Drama Short Film'
Ultimately, the film’s sensuous nature and romantic flare called for the viola to feature heavily throughout as a voice; an emotional sub-narration that runs parallel with the picture, rather than beneath. Some months later our efforts were vindicated when the short won ‘Best Drama Short Film,’ and the main prize ‘Golden Monarch’ in the FIMCO Festival, Ottawa, earlier this year. The film has since gone on to win 'final selection' at numerous international film festivals, a testament to the power of film and music, without words.