This year started with the completion of a 60 min score I composed for Sci-Fi veteran director Neil Johnson’s latest feature film “Starship: Rising.”
I had a blast scoring this film! It could be described as an “angry Star Trek” or Game of Thrones in outer space.
The story: “Starship One… the most powerful prototype warship in the Federation, capable of destroying entire worlds. When the order is given to destroy the Earth, Flight Lieutenant John Worthy mutineers Starship One and takes on the might of the entire Federation.”
Starship is introducing British actor Darren Jacobs as Captain John Worthy and rising star pop music phenomenon Emily Rose Morison aka “Emii” in the role of Jolii. But also veteran actors such as EJ De La Pena (Jingle All The Way) and Claudia Wells (Back to The Future).
Neil’s main request about how to go to the music was that it must be dark. Really dark. Heavy low brass and low string sections where used in combination of humongous percussions and very deep synthesizer basses to create what is to these days the darkest score I have ever composed!
Starship’s world is vast and at times I also introduced ethnic instruments, including Duduk and Sitar, played in very unusual ways in search of the most alien sound I could possibly come up with. I had a lot of fun creating specific themes for sets of character, my favorite one of course being the theme for the captain and general rivalry which culminates in an incredible duel of Starship in a giant gas planet storm.
I tried to convey with the score that sense of old chivalry values that seem to survive within a world torn apart by war and corruption, where new heroes rise from the fallen.
Starship: Rising will be the first of a series of 3 movie, and the challenge in “Rising” was to also make the score to gradually go toward the direction of Starship 2 or “Apocalypse,” which I look forward to be scoring as well.
Starship: Rising has found international distribution and is set to be released this year.
Below is the “Starship: Rising” trailer, featuring also a music theme I composed:
Here is also an interview I gave discussing further the process of scoring Starship: Rising which will be included in the DVD bonuses (interview starts after the trailer):