Film Production: #hctw



In Spring 2018, a director friend sent over a short script for a ghost story. Told over a number of timelines, the script had an inter-dimensional quality which echoed some of the work I’d been writing about around Twin Peaks: The Return. The story centred around ideas of death, memory, and using metaphors of the sea and heavy weather to evoke themes of what it is to live and love.

The script chopped and changed a little from that first draft and following conversations around the story with the director, writer, producers and others (and some beautiful location recce shots), I wrote a couple of sound design orientated pieces. Later, I added some more traditional music cues prior to shooting and was overjoyed to take up the role of composer on the production in the Summer.

With finance secured, the film’s principal photography was completed  October 2018 and it was a delight to both visit the set and learn from the actors that some of those music cues had been played for mood during shooting.

Now in post-production, I’m working with a group of collaborators to deepen the score. One of the most satisfying purely creative projects I’ve been involved in, I’m looking forward to sharing this work for what I think will be a beautiful and poignant film.


About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 12 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest. In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short HP Lovecraft adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2018), beginning its festival journey in 2019. Kingsley began work as composer on a film project with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film completed principal photography in Autumn 2018, and is currently in post production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc