Director’s Musical Brief by Alyssa Torres
The story of Zian is one of adventure, bravery and wonder. The Forest is set in a mystical forest where the spirits and monks live among one another peacefully. It’s a non-dialogue film therefore music should play a vital role creating the ambiance of the film and complement the visuals.
The film begins in the morning, with the older monks and Zian following happily behind them. It’s a happy and calm start, and the music I wanted is one that depicts the tranquillity of the scene.
There is a sense of playfulness in the second scene where Zian is following the spirit deeper into the forest where the footpath eventually ends. Zian’s attention is towards the spirit and doesn’t realise how far he’s strayed away from the monks. The music should depict this, but remain similar to the first scene.
In the third scene, when the tormented spirit is introduced, the music should contrast with the once-calming feeling of the previous scene, perhaps through a change in instrumentation. Throughout this scene, Zian attempts to dodge the attacks of the tormented spirit; he has a feeling of urgency and fear. Realising how to end the torment of the spirit, Zian goes towards the injured animal with the spirit just behind him. Drums would help to build up the suspense of this scene.
The spirit disappears, and the deer goes, leaving Zian in awe. The eldest monk finds Zian and is happy to see him. The aim with the music here is to bring back the calmness and peace within the forest since it’s restored; therefore, this would be a good time for the music from the beginning to come back.
The music should portray the different moods, but in a way that the sounds not be so jarring that the music doesn’t flow together. My concept for the music is for it to sound similar to the Léon: The Professional soundtrack.