LIKE YOU SAID YOU'D BE

After her latest project is canceled due to uncontrollable circumstances, Nicole turns to the music in her head as she searches for an escape from her disappointment.

IN ACTUALITY [INSTRUMENTAL]

I had the pleasure of composing the instrumental around "In Actuality", Max Bacani's original song for piano and voice. I orchestrated the audio of the actress's performance of "In Actuality", extending it into a swelling string-laden, synth-bathed composition. I used a toy-piano-esque harp harmonic and glockenspiel combination to accentuate changes in Nicole's fantasy. Finally, dirty amped guitar and hints of bass drum follow the rhythm of the grocery store heist amidst dancing snippets, creating a heartbeat for the scene.

DOWNCAST DEPARTURE

After Nicole receives the news of her project cancellation, she processes the news on her walk home. I overlapped grimy synths with low, screeching electric guitar lines to stretch the length of the journey, increasing the depth of Nicole's "forever feeling". 

CAST

STARRING
Nicole McCullough
Damon McKinnis
John Lane

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
Cole Bacani

ORIGINAL SCORE & ARRANGEMENT BY 

Maia Thomas
ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN BY
Max Bacani

Producer | Norrie Palmer, Cole Bacani
Director of Photography | Cole Bacani
1st AD | Claire Gostin
Production Design | TJ Ryan
Editor | Joseph DeRose
1st AC | Long Le
2nd AC | Matt Oflas
Production Sound | Joseph DeRose

PREMIERE

5/11/2020

Online Premiere on Film Shortage

AWARDS

Best Original Score Nominee at Prague International Indie Film Festival | Best Student Director Award from Independent Shorts Awards | Best Short Film Nominee from Rome Independent Prisma Awards | Honorable Mention for Best Actress from Independent Shorts Awards