This past week I had the extreme pleasure working on UT grad student Déjà Bernhardt's 35mm short film "The Midwife's Husband." This is easily one of the best short films I've ever worked on. It's written with a high degree of sensitivity and creativity, shot with a keen and expert eye, and the performances are top notch. The real stars of the film are two songs that bookend the movie: "Reborn Heart" written by William Hemmerle and "I Love You" written by Leonard Arnold. My job as the composer was to support the drama and help tell the story nestled between these two songs while being sure I stay mostly out of the way. I didn't want my music to detract from the power of these two diegetic songs.
This could be one of the more fragile and delicate scores I've written. Truly a "less-is-more" approach. The tiniest changes in the music has huge narrative implications on screen. It's like trying to walk on a tightrope. You dare not tip the balance one way or the way else risk falling down. It was a fun score to write and I'm proud of it. I can't wait to see the screening of it along with a collection of other UT graduate student films on Sunday, May 13th.