Creating Sound for Video: Scoring a Documentary
About "Discovering The Beating Path"
(full article http://blog.soundcloud.com/2013/09/25/sound-video-documentary/)
Hi, I'm Julie, also known as Julsy, and I am making the music for "Discovering The Beating Path" [*].
"Discovering The Beating Path" is a documentary following two cancer survivors, Evan Bartlett and Elijah Accola, on their journey accross the West to show that there is life after cancer.
I don't have a personal relationship to cancer, just know someone who knows someone who knows someone... but you can't call it a proper relationship, I have no stories to tell about it. It's more of an admiration for the patients and survivors' courage, their desire to live, their love for life, and I'm truly happy to be able to show my support somehow by making the music for this documentary.
I've wanted to try to make music for films for a while. People use some of my songs on videos sometimes and it always make me feel ecstatic to watch it. But creating songs espacially for a movie is a new step in music making to me.
See, when I'm making music, my mind is always wandering, filled with pictures, and to me music can bring so much to movies. It can emphasize emotion or give a peculiar ambiance to the film. And I think that a good soundtrack is a soundtrack that you'll remember afterwards. When I watch a movie and I like the music, the first thing I do when I come home is to look for the artist's page and listen to his stuff. So yeah, I wanted to try and make music for other films than the ones I'm playing in my mind.
I don't play live shows for now and I don't really know if I want to do it in the future. I'm very shy when it comes to playing in public. But this, making music in my bedroom or making soundtracks, this is what makes me feel good and comfortable. So having this opportunity to make music for films is also a personal achievement.
I don't really know if I'm in the best position to give advices since most of the opportunities that I've had so far somehow came to me. But if I had to give one, it would be to keep doing what you want and what you like, never stop experimenting new things and having fun, and don't put limits on what you can do, there are so many things to learn and to play with. I think that if you take pleasure in what you do then others will feel this too, I mean, that's what sharing is about, and if you want people to be happy about your stuf, you have to be happy about what you're doing. And so, when people ask me advices, I don't really know what to say, just have fun and be yourself, that's the best thing I could tell.
Also, I will be making the music for a webseries and short film also cancer-related and from the same producer called "Ride The Battle" [**]. You can find a link in the comment bar to the first promotional webisode (http://vimeo.com/69782784), and if you have a Vimeo account, please like it and share it, it means a lot to us.
Please don't forget to like the "Discovering The Beating Path" Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/dtbpath), and I'll keep you posted about the documentary and its release date.
I'll talk to you soon.
Background music : http://soundcloud.com/julsy/ours
[*] "Discovering The Beating Path" will explore what the cancer community offers, whether it is camps, support, and or success stories. It will follow the journey of two survivors, Eevan Bartlett and Elijah Accola, as they embark on a journey across the West July 1st- August 19th. It will be a road trip from Edwardsville, IL to California and back. On the road they will be couch surfing, and documenting all the new experiences they encounter. They will show how the cancer camps provide a positive environment, and that everyone has loving heart. The success stories will provide hope, and inspiration to all. By talking to survivors, they will show that there is a life after treatment.
Website : http://youngatheart.virb.com/
Facebook Page : www.facebook.com/dtbpath
[**] "Ride the Battle" will be a webseries, and short film. The webseries will be on the patients/survivors Evan Barlett, Tim Jacks and William Cook meet. The short film will be about their personal journey.
Promotional webisode : vimeo.com/69782784