Animated Feature – Nov.18 2009
Over the past two days I have been writing the music for the treacherous arrival to Fantasy Land.
By treacherous I don’t mean that the Fantasy Land is treacherous, but rather that the movie itself is hard to score.
In the span of less than two minutes three main characters are introduced, all in a very disjointed style.
The music of course follows that to a certain extent, and changes mood quickly from one shot to the next, very much in the spirit of old Disney shorts while still giving a sense of shape and flow to the images.
I originally thought of writing themes for all three characters, but upon seeing the film it become obvious that there was no time to present anything more than one theme, two at the most.
So two characters, Kego the worm and Anya the bat now share the same theme because in many ways they shared similar characteristics: goodness and tender relationship with Silkboy.
Lucky the flower gets his own theme because he has a unique character in the film, even though he gets little screen time. It’s a fast, sherzando sort of theme, and we’ll see what I can do with it later!
To show you how crazy this beginning is, film scoring wise, the Kego and Anya gets played scary, comically frenetic and as a lullaby, all in the span of one minute!
But now, seeing it with the music, it’s amazing how much music pulls everything together!
Anyway, back to work. I’m behind schedule, but not by much. The coming scenes should be much easier to score. I knew this arrival in Fantasy Land would be hard.
PS: Q: How many ways can you score someone falling down? A: Lots! (I’m having fun matching the mood of every fall.)
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