It was three weeks ago that this project was handed to us, and while I haven’t personally had a worse three weeks in my life, it had nothing to do with the scoring of this movie. (Unless the project was cursed)
Today, we revealed the progress of our hard labor to Avindair, GothTrooper, MonkeyBoy, and none other than the Uncanny Cassie Banning herself.
I was right to say that I would be close to done: there were 3 minutes of unfinished footage, leading up to the Wheel of Death scene. That equates to around 3-6 hours of work left to do. We handed off the audio score anyway, and the remaining parts will probably end up using the directors temporary tracks.
Our initial plan of covering the major sections first was a good one. It gave us a solid starting point to work into and out of. Coming into the project with written songs was a real pleasure. I could not imagine trying to write full songs for the sections we did. We managed to get 11 of our 9 songs into the score (No, that is not a mistake. There are pieces of two songs which made it into the score which were disowned – songs we gave up on long ago.) The songs actually tended to get cut up quite a bit, and only tiny pieces of them used. *Monsters* for example, is a song that we worked on for a number of weeks, and less than a minute of it actually appears in the score.
If anyone with any taste has anything to do with this movie, they will strip out the music over the Gator’s Bar scene – a joke song we called Techno, because, well…, its a techno song. Nnn-Tsss-Nnn-Tsss, you know… Anyway, it makes Cassie and Garrett look like they are meeting in a gay bar. That’s what we had, and that’s what we used, fully intending to strip it out later, but the way it affects the percieved mood of the characters is Hysterical.
Everyone liked the preview of the score. It really pulls together sections that make little sense without music on them, and accentuates so much in the video. Working on this project has really made me realize that the audio is every bit as important as the video in telling the story.
The scoring is done, but the project is not. There is still the director’s commentary and the actor’s commentary tracks to be recorded, and the Master DVD will be rendered here in Encore. [Editor’s Log, Stardate Mar 2007 – Sadly, these things never came to pass…]
All in all, it has been a fun project to work on, but a worse period of my life could not have been picked out to undertake it. I am really looking forward to putting February behind me.