|SAINT JOAN OF ARC|
With St. Joan of Arc she spoke about 'her voices' and I was able to make the mood very mystical with lots of pads; a convenient choice was a pad called 'before the battle' and it added a poignant depth of expectation. Fresh out of writing the music for Mary Tudor, I had used a lot of Gregorian Monks for the narrative about the Church in England, the dismantling of Catholic culture and the Mass.
As I did not want to repeat this I went for 'Mystica' which is a lovely sound base of female choirs. This was useful both for beauty as well as mystery. I used the voices in a slightly discordant way with the visions/voices but then at poignant moments of extreme heroic holiness the choirs added real beauty that was quite moving.
|ST. JOAN'S BANNER|
All in all, the score is a blend of medieval drums, horns and strings with moments of reflective, moving atmosphere with an emotional cello sometimes taking the lead. There are segments of simple harp and piano with voices and soundscapes like 'Flying with the Dragon' giving the film an unearthly feel.
The film has exciting moments where I was able to use sound effects of battles. Overall the mood is mystical, mysterious and spiritual. I used the sound of real church bells when the narrative speaks of St. Joan praying the Angelus and the visuals depict peasants of that time stopping to pray. The bells, the choirs, the mystery all make this film very Catholic and very spiritual.
I did not know much about St. Joan. My first encounter was editing the audio narration a couple of weeks ago but I really encounter the saints when writing the music score. As I got to know St. Joan over the last couple of days I truly felt that her life was heroic, she was tried and tested but really trusted. I really like her! Watching a Mary's Dowry Productions film and listening to the music score should be an encounter with a saint, almost like a prayer. I hope that you enjoy this film and meeting St. Joan as much as I have. I will make the soundtrack available in the future too.