CollabFeature is a group of independent filmmakers from all over the world who have come together to create multi-director feature films. Each filmmaker writes and directs a segment of the bigger story in his or her own country.
The second CollabFeature, Train Station (working title) is now in post production. It follows one main character who is played by different actors in different international cities. Each segment is filmed by a different director who continues the story, re-interpreting the situation in his/her own style. Train Station involves over 40 filmmakers in 26 countries.
I composed music for one of these segments, written and directed by Guillem Serrano. I can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but suffice to say that the story begins with a couple acknowledging that their relationship is in crisis and seeking to rekindle it.
Phil’s Room is the story of a fragile introvert locked in the memory of his childhood. He spends his days dreaming of escaping with Kristine – the captivating waitress who works at the cafe he frequents. Rooted in this fantasy world he never quite musters the courage to talk to her until one day he discovers she has gone back to her home country to get married. As the painful truth sweeps away his dreams, he finds that a cold reality and his own limitations are too great to overcome, and his convictions propel him to towards, what becomes, a tragic end.
The director (Jesus Mateos de la Varga) and producer (Mark Harris) had some good suggestions for potential directions this short film score could take, and I tried to take them on board whilst also giving the music my own spin and serving the story as well as I could. I was trying to play up the “child-like” aspects of Phil’s character by choosing simple sounding instruments to play simple sounding music reminiscent of a music box. I then tried to use these instruments in a more emotionally mature manner as Phil’s complex memories of his childhood surface.