Best Problem Ever

I worked on a feature film earlier this year, the adaptation of the Michael Healey play The Drawer Boy. A strange experience because I attended the actual play at Theatre Passe Muraille in the 90s and loved it. Often when people deliver their films there are problems with the structure or wooden acting or confusing edits and it puts one in a position to try and rescue the thing through music if that’s even possible. When they sent me the rough edit I braced myself that it might not live up to my enthusiastic memories.

But to quote Ted, the 2cnd guitarist from the band UIC when he admired something – it totally slayed me. Now I had the best possible problem ever – how to add music and not get in the way of something that’s great without music.
The nicest surprise happened near the end. I tried to offer something unique to the soundscape, a lyrical song about the movie. Asked a songwriting student to sing it. After preparing myself psychologically for rejection it turned out they liked it. Got to have my cake and eat it too.



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