MILE END is a new film written and directed by Graham Higgins. This psychological thriller, based in London, makes its debut at this year's 23rd Raindance Film Festival, a highly influential film festival that champions the Indie. Memento, Old Boy and The Blair Witch Project all received their premieres at Raindance, so MILE END is amongst great screen heritage.
Many independent films lack meaningful fiscal support so film creators have to box clever with budget to ensure full creative potential. Boxing clever normally means strategic preproduction decisions have to made to save money. A common cost cutting exercise is to drop the commissioning of an original film music score, which is a shame because well deployed sound is critical to building a successful cinematic experience. Luckily Graham Higgins decided an original film score would enhance his film and reached out to the music community and found composer Ed Scolding to aurally tighten the film's tension.
I first worked with Ed Scolding last year, as he took part in the well received Incorporated Society of Musicians' #MyISMis campaign. Creating Ed's portrait for that series proved a successful collaboration and we kept in touch. Roll on August 2015 and Ed mailed me a line asking whether I'd like to drop in on the recording session of the MILE END film score at Master Chord Studio in London.
Newly opened, Master Chord Studio offers a superb suite of recording and mixing technology sourced from both analogue and digital realms, along with a magnificent Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano sitting centre stage. With Ed commanding the control room alongside the sound engineer, it was fantastic to witness Ed's composition weave itself into the film's narrative. Blending in with the sound design by Andrej Bako, the effect was foreboding and somewhat menacing. Exciting stuff.
Here are a few pictures from that afternoon's fruitful recording session. Sitting comfortably on the Model D's keys is the wonderful pianist Beth Scolding and hidden away in one of the recording booths is sublime violinist Minn Majoe.
MILE END is in competition as Best UK feature at the Raindance Festival and receives its premiere on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Look here for more information and screen times.
I wish the film and all its cast and crew every success!