Just a cloudy, rainy day in the Pacific Northwest with Freja.
Scores is a collection of soundtrack work that I have done for films directed by myself and others. These works were composed over the past two years while I attended film school and worked on a variety of projects, composing the music for my own films, while working with other directors to compose music for them. This is a selection of songs that are in no way meant to go together - the album is highly disjointed, but it's all my work, so you'll likely hear some common themes at work. The album is free to listen to, and $1 to download. I always look forward to collaborating with other filmmakers to make their visions come true, get in touch with me to have me score your film!
I recently had the pleasure of shooting Elizabeth before leaving Cheney this summer.
My senior capstone piece, The Ethernaut, was an incredibly rewarding project to work on. The film screened at the Best of EWU showcase earlier this month, and is currently being submitted to festivals. You can see more about the film here.
"Belly Time" was Team Starcat's film for the 50 Hour Slam this year, and screened as a finalist at the Slam screening last month. The director's cut of the film is available for you to watch here.
There is much, much more to come. A couple of projects I worked on while in school are currently being polished and will be released online this summer. I hope to continue working on short films as I take on freelance jobs, search for steady work, and continue to develop bigger and better things.
Sunset with Nicole at Turnbull Wildlife Preserve in Cheney, WA.
"Without an Ending" was shown in the 2016 Spokane International Film Festival's "Best of the Northwest" shorts program. In the film, a television writer struggles to write the series finale of the science fiction drama "Star-Splitter," after the showrunner unexpectedly dies. You can now view the film here on the Without an Ending page.
And here's a behind the scenes look at some of the visual effects that went into the film:
She Only Wants Me For My Body has returned to the tubes. It was a great experience having our first 50 Hour Slam featured in Best of the Northwest at SpIFF, and we're looking forward to the slam this year! Now that SpIFF has ended, you can return to the adventures of Dave and Natalie today.
See more about this short film on the film's page.
Trio is a short film that had a brief festival run thanks to the support of friends, family, and Kickstarter supporters. The film was shown at the Local Sightings Film festival in Seattle and the Ellensburg Film Festival in 2015. In 2016 it was featured by the Spokane International Film Festival as part of the Emerging Filmmakers showcase.
Now, the film is available to be viewed online. Trio couldn't have been made possible without the hard work and support of several dedicated Eastern Washington University students and staff. Thank you to everyone who supported this film along the way. You can check out the Trio page on this website for more information on the short film.
I worked on many films in 2015 and I like to think that I grew a lot as a filmmaker, but I'm never sure. The hardest part for me is nearing the end of a production, looking back on all the hours of work and stress I've put into it, and wondering if any of that was worth it.
As it turns out, this will be my first year attending the Spokane International Film Festival as a director, and I'm excited to have three of my films selected for screening: "Trio," "She Only Wants Me For My Body," and "Without an Ending." A lot of incredible people were in involved with each of these productions. If you've been a part of these films in any way, this accomplishment belongs to you first and foremost.
"Trio" is a short film I directed last winter about the trials of three musicians who are simultaneously trying to practice. "Trio" played last year at the Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle, and the Ellensburg Film Festival. Its festival run was financed by Kickstarter backers. It will be screened in the "Emerging Filmmakers" program this year at SPIFF.
She Only Wants Me For My Body
This film was put together by an incredible team for last year's 50 Hour Slam, an annual timed film competition in Spokane. It was selected as finalist and screened at the awards ceremony, but did not win any awards. It will be making its debut as a festival selection for "Best of the Northwest" this year at SPIFF.
Without an Ending
"Without an Ending" is my latest film, created as a student project at EWU last fall. The film follows a writer tasked with tying up loose ends in the series finale of the hit sci-fi drama "Star-Splitter," after its showrunner passes away unexpectedly. It will be closing the "Best of the Northwest" program this year at SPIFF.
The Spokane International Film Festival runs this year from January 29 to February 6. When the full schedule is announced, it will be available on the SPIFF website.
We made this holiday themed video with all of our being. Large tidings from Starcat!
I'm excited to announce that I'm currently finishing up the post-production process on "Without an Ending." This film follows a screenwriter struggling to write the series finale of the hit science fiction drama "Star-Splitter." I'll be posting the full film when it's complete, but for now, here are some frames from Star-Splitter!
"Trio" will be playing at Terrain 8 next week, October 2nd, as part of the Terrain film program. Terrain is a mixed media arts event entering its eighth year running. Come to catch a free showing of "Trio" and explore all the events being hosted this year! For more information, see the Terrain website.
"Slight Right" is a project I have been working on for most of the past year, and with the film in the late stages of editing, I wanted to publish a first look at it, before I head back to EWU for my next year of education in the film program. Below is a short look at what is to come. I have not announced a release date yet, because I don't know when the film will be released. There is still much to be done. The official summary is as follows:
A rogue GPS system leaves Gary Evans lost and stranded far from civilization, his girlfriend, and his sanity.
"Trio" is an official selection at the 2015 Ellensburg Film Festival, and will be screening on October 3rd with the critically acclaimed documentary film "Amy," by Asif Kapadia.
"Amy" is the story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks (IMDB).
The schedule for the Pacific Northwest-based Local Sightings film festival has been released, and "Trio" will be screening at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle on September 26th, with the feature film "Killing June" by Isaiah Corey.
I'm incredibly excited to have this opportunity to see my film alongside the work of other talented and local filmmakers. If you're in the Seattle area, come check out the Local Sightings film festival, which runs from September 24th to October 3rd. Tickets for the September 26th screening of "Killing June" and "Trio" can be purchased here!
Big Feet was team Starcat's entry to the 2015 Klink's Resort Summer Short challenge. This timed challenge gave teams one weekend to write, produce, and edit a film using the parameters established at the kickoff event. Four teams finished the competition in time and were shown at the public screening in August.
The requirements for the competition were:
You can watch our entry in the YouTube video below.
Big Feet premiered at the Klink's Summer Short outdoor screening. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about this great event for local filmmakers in the Spokane area!
Photos from the screening:
Thanks to all my backers, Trio will be able to have its run on the festival circuit. I can't thank my backers enough for contributing the amounts you did, it all came together to help pay for what is a relatively small total cost in the filmmaking world, but for a college student with tuition and housing costs, on top of the expenses of being a filmmaker, this project really needed your help and couldn't have happened without you.
There are still a few hours left to back the project, for anyone new who would like to show their support!
I consider "Trio" a huge first step for me as a filmmaker; something that I hope will gain people's interest in me and my work, and lead to more exciting projects. For the first film I'll be taking to festivals, it's a huge honor to me to have received as much support as I have.
I will continue to update the project page with festival news for "Trio," which should occur throughout the next year, after which I will re-upload the film on the Starcat YouTube channel with all backer names in the credits. I have sent "Trio" to some festivals that had early deadlines, further festivals I submit to, including SPIFF, will have all backer names in the credits.
The YouTube video on the page will be removed when the project funding ends. You'll be able to catch the film at any festivals it screens at, and when the festival run ends, it will return to YouTube. Additionally, anyone who pledged for the digital download will receive their copy of the film in the next few days.
You can also get updates on "Trio" and further films I release on social media:
My short film "Trio," which screened at Eastern Washington University's "Best of EWU" event, is on its way to festivals, and I'm raising a small amount to cover the licensing and distribution costs. The film is available to watch in full on the Kickstarter page, but first, take a look at the project video!
"Trio" was made as part of an EWU film production course, and stars Tonya Ballman, Andrew Wickwire, and Quindrey Davis. The funding I'm looking for will cover the cost of music licensing for festival distribution. Any amount donated will help, and the most generous thing you can do beyond donating is sharing the project with your friends, fellow filmmakers, and film communities.
Filmmaker, musician, photographer, and cat scientist.