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.
Set between Chapters 15 and 16 of Carlo’s Collodi’s classic novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Tree Man depicts Pinocchio’s seemingly final minutes as he hangs from a tree. As he slowly dies, the wooden marionette spiritually journeys into an inferno of fear, guilt and hope through his encounters with key symbolic characters such as the Maiden with Azure Hair and the ghost of the Talking Cricket. As he falls deeper into darkness he learns the crucial dangers and virtues of the mortality he seeks.
The music for this short film, written and directed by Navin Dev, was composed for orchestra and for the most part follows the rules for twelve-tone composition. I chose this compositional method because I felt it would evoke a mood of unease – of things not being quite “right”.
The film won the jury prize at the Puppets on Film Festival 2011. It was also selected for Festival International des Arts de la Marionette 2012, Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009, Angel Moving Image Festival 2009, Fantastic Planet Film Festival 2009, Filmstock International Film Festival 2009 and Anchorage International Film Festival 2009.
Once upon a time, cloaked in her favoured red hood, Little Red-Cap set off to Grandmother. But soon she was drawn away from her designated path by what the surrounding woods had to offer – mysteries, beauty and the Wolf. Red, now a 40 year old woman, still bears the same fears, guilt and anger as she remembers the day her life changed. Creating a new red hood for her daughter, she struggles to make the ultimate choice as to whether or not to pass on her identity and in turn her fate.
The music for this psychological horror, written and directed by Navin Dev, was composed for orchestra, mixed choir and soprano. The soprano part was performed by Kasia Middleton.
Washougal International Film Festival 2008 award winner. Shortlisted for award at Sefton Short Film Festival 2008. Selected for Bootleg Film Festival Glasgow 2008, Branchage Jersey International Film Festival 2008, Gold Lion Film Festival 2008, Bacup Film Festival 2008, Amberg Horror Fest 2008, Filmstock International Film Festival 2008, Florence International Film Festival 2008, Omaha Film Festival 2009, Dam Short Film Festival 2009, International Film Festival Egypt 2009 and London Short Film Festival 2010. Available to view at Festival de Cannes: Short Film Corner 2008.