Soundtracks can be vital in terms of creating or anchoring the preferred reading of your film. We wanted our soundtrack to be in a similar style to the Lux Aeterna (the Requiem For A Dream soundtrack) composed by Clint Mansell, or similar to the theme for Sam Mendes' American Beauty. With both films, the soundtrack has become as iconic as the films themselves. Again, this was our intention.
We brought in our friend Seb Gatti to compose our film's soundtrack, mostly using scoring programme Sibelius 5. As I have worked with him in the past and we both have experience of the programme as well as sharing musical understanding, it was very useful sitting down with him to discuss ideas. This is very much the way soundtracking works in the real film industry too, so again it was very useful.
Below is the first version of our soundtrack composed especially for our film opening.
As with most films, our composer also produced an extended version of the soundtrack.
We were very happy with the soundtrack created for the film. We feel as if it really anchors the drama and tension well for our film opening. The descending low notes in the background again help anchor the darker mood to the our production.
For the rest of our opening (the second dream sequence) we used samples from iMovie, then transferred them across into Audacity and eventually Sony Vegas. We didn't want a song as such for this section, more of just an ambient sort of style, to allow the viewer to concentrate on the what was happening on screen.