November 19th, 2011:
Getting ready for bed, I put my laptop on my makeshift nightstand next to my bed, so I could commence my nightly ritual of falling asleep to the Simpsons.
THE NEXT MORNING: November 20th, 2011,
Trevor sent me the script for his newest work “Coyote”, a project he had asked me to compose the score for (If I was interested of course). Before I left the bed, I started reading. 45 min later, after I had finished, I switched rooms to my dining room workstation, and read it again. That may not seem like a big deal, but let me assure you, as someone with ADD, this is a BIG DEAL. His script got my attention in such a way that I had no choice but to get enveloped by the nightmarish vision Trevor put before me. It was such a vivid experience, making my imagination run wild. It was dark, mysterious, and appealed to my sensibilities.
Needless to say, I really hoped this film got made.
Then things got better. How’s that you ask? Well Bill Oberst Jr. signed on as our lead. Bill is the most underrated actor in Hollywood today. Period. A true talent, and class act.
Cut to July, 2012:
Filming begins during the hottest summer in St. Louis history, but Bill and Victoria Mullen went through hell for the sake of art, and their performances were fantastic, despite the sweltering heat.
In the next months, Trevor starts editing the footage. In October, he invites me over for a viewing of the rough cut of the film. Despite all the flaws of it being a rough cut, I was amazed, and extremely intimidated. All I could think to myself was “How the HELL can I make my music live up to what I just saw?” Not only that, the longest film I have scored before this was 6 minutes… A far cry from the 1 hour 20 min (approx) of Coyote.
Trevor gives me a slightly more polished version of the rough cut to work with. Having that in my possession allowed me to finally start my composing in earnest. Being able to look at the footage immediately inspired me. The 1st few pieces I composed practically FLEW out me. Trevor immediately placed them in the film and they fit perfectly. It was one of those amazing moments when we all felt that “YES – this is really coming together beautifully.”
Things are moving along now. Here’s a snippet of a scene for you to listen to:
To all that are reading this, take care of yourselves!