Let me just say right off the bat, this is a great movie. Will Slocombe’s feature film (and first attempt as a writer/director) tells the story of a fraught Thanksgiving weekend, the sort of hostile family dynamics that we’re all familiar with, but amplified and made funny-sad like you wouldn’t believe. The picture stars Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines.
This was a tough score to write, mainly because the movie’s tone teeters perilously on the line between comedy and drama. Often times I wanted to write music that would play the opposite in the scene: if things were getting too heavy, better to lighten the mood a little bit with some cute pizzicati.
The whole score is based around a single theme. Here are some of my favorite cues:
Steadicam shot of the hallway
Second steadicam shot of the hallway