A while back I was commissioned by writer and director Zac Page to compose a score for his feature length film, Burst Theory. They were still in the process of pre-production and nailing down producers when I received the first email, but Zac Page had randomly found my music online and felt it would be the right fit for the film. Having collaborated on student films and shorts in the past, this was exactly the sort of project and challenge I'd been hoping to take on someday.
I worked to with two of my favourite sound engineers, Andy Catlin and Ben Lau down in the old Golden Room location of Double Phelix Studios in Kalamazoo, MI. We spent a lot of time with the rough cut of the film, getting to know each character, and learning when to allow the music to tell the story and when to let the acting speak for itself. This project taught me just how necessary empathy and sensitivity are to the craft of scoring film. It takes a subtle touch to tastefully marry sound with moving picture. So many lessons were learned. First lesson was that films take a long long time to make.
Flash forward to late spring 2015: Burst Theory was complete and had already received great reviews from the film festival circuit and now Zac Page had more ideas brewing. A music video for Roses, the song I'd written for the closing credits of the film. As someone who often prefers not to be filmed or seen in pictures, this was yet another challenge I felt I needed to take on. So members of the original Burst Theory team came together in collaboration with members of Drop Drop Studios in Grand Rapids to create this mysterious film-noir video. Having never been on a film set before and lacking acting experience, I had a lot of fear leading up to the day of the shoot. But that's why we have directors! It was actually really cool to just put my full trust in Zac's direction and let the crew do what they do best.
In the end, we had a lot of fun and made an incredibly lush, yet creepy video. I hope you all enjoy getting a little dark. We like getting dark sometimes. Please take a moment to watch 'Roses' and keep posted on the Burst Theory Facebook page for updates on the film. (https://www.facebook.com/BurstTheory)