Director Crisana Speer and I first connected in early February 2021 about a potential project together. She was searching for a composer on her upcoming short film, and after listening to my music for Star Wars: A New Score, she expressed an interest in working together. 3 months later, and we've arrived at the release of Freedom Is Fake, a dystopian short film.
Finding Our Sound
We knew early on that a big challenge would be conveying tension in action scenes on a micro-budget. This meant that the music and the editing would have to do some of the heavy lifting, since on-set stunts and visual effects weren't an option. So instead of starting out by crafting a sound palette or writing a main theme, I started out with a demo for the first action scene.
I hadn't necessarily planned on writing any themes or motifs for this film; it initially seemed that a more "scene-by-scene" approach to the score made more sense, writing music that fit each scene rather than formed a cohesive whole. But I really liked a particular ostinato that was used in the action scene demo, a five-note pattern accompanied by a simple chord progression.
I pulled out the five-note motif and elongated it, testing it out in a scene showing the aftermath of the previous bombing. Crisana loved the idea, and soon we were looking for any and all places we could include our newly found "main theme."
Welcome to Chicago
I'm a Patriot
Searching for Patterns
State of the Union
The Final Bomb
The World Will Change