Thursday, October 9, 2008

'Bystander' - Alternate trailer (Horror version)

We've heard your cries. I can't tell you how many times people have come up to me and said "Mike, I know the editing is almost done and you should probably be focusing on finally finishing the movie you worked on last year...but I just wish there was a way to get a trailer for 'Bystander', a seriocomic dramedy-type movie, that makes it appear to be a more conventional horror movie".

And so you shall...

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Music of BYSTANDER

Here are three tracks from composer Sir Richard Wentworth from the 'Bystander' soundtrack (including the theme). As expected, Rich did a perfect job evoking the mood and tone of the film (clips as proof to follow in upcoming posts).
It's not often I can play a sort of abstract version of 'SUPER PASSWORD', where I throw out vague musical names and 'Jon Brion', 'witching-hour twilight', 'Claudine Longet', 'Distant news trucks', and 'Dream Academy'...and the other person somehow produces just the right thing.

I know he won't be upset when I say that Sir Richard is our Charles Nelson Riley.

Sir Richard's Blog

Sir Richards's MYSPACE

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

1st draft complete

1st rough draft is complete. Amazingly, 45 minutes expected. Efficient, yes...
...but is it any good...

Lots of peaks and valleys in mood as I edited it. Technical problems tended to get me down, but a great shot here and there was enough to (generally) keep me going. Performances from the leads are spot on throughout, so we have that going for us.

One or two scenes may or may not require a re-shoot day. There's only so much I'm willing to cover-up with editing trickery before it starts to distract, I think. Lots of choices to be made...perhaps thousands of little ones...

Overall, though, I am encouraged by the pacing, tone, and performances. This next stage just means we analyze the hell out of it, score it, and go at it with a toothbrush.

More later,