Making a short sci-fi film and composing the soundtrack for it

Earlier this year, I was invited to join a group who had decided to enter the SCI-FI-LONDON 48 Hour Film Challenge which, as the name suggests, requires you to make a science-fiction film from scratch within 48 hours during a weekend. As you can probably imagine, this is indeed very challenging, but very satisfying and great fun.

I had been under the impression that I was mainly there to do the soundtrack, but in addition to that I ended up acting in the lead role! This was my first real experience of acting, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it and found it very interesting. I’d definitely give it another go if the opportunity presented itself.

I also contributed ideas for the overall concept and story, as did all the members of the team.

I didn’t receive a rough edit of the film until about midnight on the Sunday night, which meant that I only had about twelve hours of working through the night to get the soundtrack written and recorded. I’d already created some patches on my synthesizers and jammed some musical ideas and phrases, so I was as prepared as I could be. I brewed a strong pot of coffee and got on with it.

Our film is called 600 Days After, and here it is:

600 Days After on Vimeo.

This was our first experience of working together on a whole film, and we were quite pleased with the end result. There’s a lot about it that I’m pretty happy with, especially the way the music helps to create the dark atmosphere which gels with the story and my role in it. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one!