My short film, Rust, screens tonight in Nashville.
The script developed from something I’d written back in March while taking a screenwriting course. I couldn’t shake the imagery of what I’d written, and I knew there was a better way to say what I’d tried already.
Fast forward to October, a year to the weekend after filming my first short film Sleepy Runaway, and I shot the script I’d written for class. When shooting Sleepy Runaway, there was very little collaboration going on, which was something I wanted but missed from that project. This time around I worked closely alongside two incredible actors that got their hands on the script and took it to places I hadn’t anticipated, a DP that approached me after reading the script and knocked it out of the park (honestly, it looks so good), and my AD, who kept me on track throughout the entire process. It was extremely humbling and gratifying to feel like I was making a film with such a solid team of people.
With coming off a high from this summer in LA, meeting Zal, working on Three Years, and feeling like this fleeting childhood dream of becoming a filmmaking was becoming validated, Rust was exactly what I needed to ground me and put all of that energy into a project. The collaboration isn’t over, either. Isaac and I will be working on finishing up the score over winter break.
This is the best thing I’ve made yet. I can’t wait to screen it tonight… to weird people out, confuse and upset them. And I can’t wait to put it online for you all to see soon.
If you’re in or around Nashville tonight, head to Watkins and see the fantastic film Blake has put together. You’ll actually get to hear a bit of my score if you attend the screening. The very beginning and very end of the film are accompanied by my music.
As Blake said, over the next month or so, we’ll be in contact as I finish up scoring the rest of the film and I couldn’t be more excited.