‘The Visit’

I realized I never got around to announcing my recent film scoring experience!

Earlier this month, the culmination of an independent short film competition was screened at a festival in Glendale. The competition, sponsored by Project 168, gives aspiring producers and directors the opportunity to create a ten-minute film in only a week, using both an underlying theme for the year (2008- “Free the Captives”) and a randomly drawn Bible verse!

Find the KNBC story on the competition here

Steve Zelt took part in this project with the aim of creating a deep and meaningful, and slightly intellectual, film-going experience, based on his given verse, Ezra 9:8:

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

Now, by way of my friendship with violinist Danielle Cummins, I was graciously invited to work with her on creating an original score for two violins for this film. I had an amazing experience – it was a joy working with both Danielle and Steve on creating music with the perfect focus and mood, which Steve was seeking to show. We finished and recorded it in only two days!

Titled “The Visit”, the resulting film is wonderful! Great acting and cinematography (and music!)… and the story is not what you’d expect, but brings about the deeper meaning behind this year’s themes by way of abstract symbolism – which I find quite refreshing in a society where everything is expected to be handed to you.

Did we win anything? Well, sadly, no. But, certainly, this film is not what the judges were looking for. In the aftermath, we were pleased to find that several important people in the audience, including directors, cinematographers, and a Disney PR representative, were very impressed with our production, and would have voted it as their personal favorite! A true victory…

Well, Steve now aims to enter “The Visit” into further competitions this year. We’ll see how it fares. I, for one, am pleased with it and am honored to have been a part of it.


Update: Here’s the film, in its entirety!


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