In the summer of 2018, The Nevada City Film Festival commissioned a team of creatives to put together a short film. Rick Beaty wrote the screenplay for Room 6, with additional help from Romero Avles, Robert Bryant, Zach Haller, and yours truly. It is now available to view online!
I really appreciated Rick's insistence that I should be involved from the script stage. I was able to suggested changes to the script, in order to allow room for maximum sonic impact. Small changes, like changing the main antagonist's pacifier from a lollipop to a zippo lighter, meant that certain shots could rely more on sound to paint a picture of a character, rather than having to use multiple shots. The sound of a zippo lighter being flicked open and closed is quite universally recognisable, whereas a lollipop being sucked needs a visual reference. By making this change, not only could the opening shot be continuous, but we also establish something of a seedy cliché in the motel owner's personality.
The shoot lasted two nights, and I captured the production sound with my assistant, Hannah McLean-Babe. Each night, after shooting was complete, additional background tones were recorded, in preparation for post production.
Sound design, foley, and score composition/production were completed over a four day period.
In the end, we produced a fun little horror film, and I'm really proud of what we achieved in such a short period!