Prisoners. 2009. Directed by   Julio Palleiro.   Starring   Doua Moua          
      Synopsis: Danny works as a delivery boy for his uncle. One day he makes a delivery to the wrong address. The man who answers the door is an elderly Vietnam vereran who suffers from dimentia and possibly the long term affects of PTSD. Because of his mental disability, he sees Danny as an enemy Viatamese soldier and takes him prisoner inside his home. In order to escape with his life, Danny must find a way to identify with his capter      

My approach to scoring this film: The bulk of this film featured the two main characters, Danny and the Lietenent, at odds with one another, all the while exposing the common ground that they each shared. So, I decided that a larger orchestral sounding score would be too much. Instead, I composed a duet (two main instruments), since there are two characters. At times during the film, the two instruments, flute and clarinet, would either play against one another or in harmony, depending on what the two characters were doing, either at odds with one another or empathetic to the other's situation. During other sections of the film, the director had inserted other music that he was unable to, or couldn't afford to, get the rights to. For those scenes, I was asked to write something similar that would give the scene the same feel as what he had acheived with his temp music. One of those was a hip-hop sounding track, and the other was more of an R&B feel.

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Opening sequence and credits.

This scene opens with a hip-hop track. Originally the director had a piece that he wanted to use, but he was unable to get the rights to it. So, I produced something that sounded similar; however, I used elements of the film-score, instrumentally and motivically, that will appear again in the rest of the film. In this way, it makes all of the music relevent to the film. The hip-hop track fades, but the clarinet and flute, which have been playing the whole time, continue to play through the scene and meld into some of the central motifs that will appear throughout.


Remembering Denise

In this scene, Danny attempts to bring the troubled Lieutenant back to reality by getting him to talk about his diseased wife. In doing so, Danny not only buys himself some time in order to secure his escape, but also discovers that he may have more in common with the Lieutenant than he originally thought. Musically, this represents the apex of what I was attempting in this score. Namely, playing the interraction of Danny and the Lieutenant as a musical duet. At different times the two parts go from being at odds with another to being in harmony.


End Credits

In this scene, Danny is reconnecting with his girlfriend, having re-evaluated his relationship with her after enduring is ordeal with the Lieutenant. The director's instruction for this scene was that he wanted something tender-sounding and of a more R&B nature. So, in creating this track, in order to keep it consistent with the rest of the score, I incorporated much of the thematic, motivic and instrumental material that I used throughout the film.

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Opening sequence Remembering Denise End Credits