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Nous sommes eux, the short film soundtrack

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May 20th, 2014

The Nous sommes eux trailer. Direction: Maribel Bedoya, music: Frédéric Chiasson.

Finally, here is a short trailer from the short film Nous sommes eux (We are them) by Maribel Bedoya, for which I have composed the music. It was a lovely project, for the film was almost entirely silent. I had then all the liberty to give a tone, an atmosphere to the movie, especially because Maribel almost gave me complete freedom. We are waiting for the answer of many festivals to give you the premiere date.

The only constraint that I had was that Maribel wanted piano and strings. Then we decided together that the strings should be heard once the miracle was happening (yes, it is a movie about a miracle).

Many say that a successful film music is a music that is not getting noticed. That is a principle with which I strongly disagree. If it were true, how could we explain that so many great movies had remarkable music: from Stanley Kubrick (Bartok in The Shining, Ligeti in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut), from Sergio Leone (Ennio Morricone in Once upon a Time in the West)... without forgeting the music from Joe Hisaishi in the animation films of Miyazaki! Even the most internationally acclaimed Quebec films had strong music: Crazy, of course, but also Les Invasions barbares (the Barbarian Invasions). So I quickly trashed this principle out of my mind.

Since the film was silent, the music could not be just an accompaniment that would go unnoticed. On the contrary, the soundtrack was becoming almost the whole soundscape of the movie. The music had to be coherent by itself, since it was played almost without interruption during 11 minutes. Through the music, I tried to translate the essence of the film by focusing on two words: simplicity and candour.

Finally, I wanted to sincerely thank the musicians that warmly accepted to contribute to the recording.

  • Daniel Áñez, piano
  • Geneviève Liboiron, violin
  • Frédérique Tanguay-Gagnon, violin
  • Marie-Lise Ouellet, alto
  • Viviana Gosselin, cello and musicians' casting
  • Christian Thomas, editing et sound directing at Studio Octoma
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