Stunt Man (Original Soundtrack EP)

by Gavin Salkeld

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This is a score to an award-winning student film that I composed in 2011 for the Compass College of Cinematic Arts. It's an action comedy about a shy, nervous guy named Charlie who accidentally ends up enrolling in a stuntman course. After falling in love with a woman on the course named Anne, Charlie goes on to overcome his shyness and emerge triumphant as a stuntman.

This is one of many fruitful collaborations I've been privileged to have with Aaron Greer, an enterprising filmmaker from Michigan. Although Aaron was not the director on the film, he served as my liaison with the director (with whom I had no contact throughout the writing process). The filmmakers wanted something cheesy and retro-sounding. I'd just recently watched the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Commando and decided to do something akin to James Horner's score for that film, along with adding some of my own touches. I used 80s drum machine samples along with wailing electric guitars and "macho" brass hits for the action scenes. The quieter, more intimate relationship scenes for Anne and Charlie were scored with (among other instruments) strings, woodwinds, and ebbing brass chords.

I had a blast working on this film, which went on to win Best Student Film at the Reel Michigan Film Festival. Stunt Man was heavily scored (I wrote around 16 minutes of music for the 17-minute film), and around 12 minutes of the complete score is featured on this EP release. The original cues have been remastered from the original 24-bit multitracks and sound better than they did in the final film mix.

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released April 12, 2015

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