Saturday 7 December 2019

Writing the Music for "England: The Dowry of Mary" film

Last week, Thursday and Friday, I sat myself down with the huge task of beginning the music score for "England: The Dowry of Mary" - the latest film release, and biggest project so far, from Mary's Dowry Productions.  I had previously written several tracks in advance because this film is over an hour in length and I did not want the pressure of an entirely raw file, I wanted to be able to draw upon some audio tracks to ease the pressure and save time.  Many of these tracks became tracks in my latest album release VALLEYS.  

First of all, I loaded the track I had written to start the film called "Mary's Dowry track 1" but because the film starts after just a minute of titles, straight into presentation, I felt that the piece needed to finalize rather than just fade out, when the presentation starts.  I decided at this point to write something new lasting about 55 seconds.  I loaded in instruments from my new CELTIC ERA and was immediately inspired by my new Irish Flute.  

I was able to quickly write a piece which has become the theme and mood for "England: The Dowry of Mary" and actually captured the atmosphere of what is talked about in the film.  I have had this tune going round in my head ever since!  

 The film score encompasses several parts of music from other film scores such as Alexander Briant, Thomas Cromwell, Bega of Bees and more but I also wrote several new tracks throughout and used a mix of low flute and Irish flute for interludes.  

It took me one day to compose the first 4 and a half minutes of the film and then one more day to tie it all in together, choosing which tracks to draw upon, working them in, writing new parts and finalize it.  I then spent another morning on the narration audio and levels, adding SFX where necessary and I am very pleased with it.  I also used about 3 tracks from my album VALLEYS.  We are now on the final stages of this film and I have to say, I was very inspired and also felt it was a great privilege to write the music for this latest production.

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