The DFMB Screening Room was estabilished to showcase the talents of young filmmakers and composers by showing you a short film in every installment. Alongside each of our presentations, we also publish exclusive comments from the composers themselves, which I hope will be of use to students of film, music and film music.
This week, composer Darren Fung introduces his work on Little Claus & Big Claus, a dark comedy inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's tale, directed by James Ricker. I think this story is quite educational, because it perfectly highlights the importance of chance encounters that are so important in this business. Another important idea is that (especially during the early works) it's very important to spare no expenses, because the finances spent there might lead to more lucrative endeavors.
I met director James Ricker many years ago at the Festival des films du monde in Montreal. He had a screening of his film The Little Match Girl, and another short that I had done, The Sadness of Johnson Joe Jangles was screening in the same program. Oddly enough, James was watching trying to look for potential composers for his next project. Witih Jangles being only the second short film that I scored, I was of course, really eager to meet new directors and quickly gave James my reel and my card.
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