Composer: Elliot Callighan

Posted by Justin Jackola
November 22, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Music


Secrets We Keep


Music Composition


Elliot Callighan

“The Composer writes music that acts as an extension of the Director’s vision and is created specifically for the picture. They are also usually responsible for the coordination of all recording sessions related to the music.”           -Mr. Callighan

Hi everyone and thanks for checking out this weeks Exposing The Crew short film and highlighted crew member!

Set in the underbelly of Chicago’s Chinatown, against a sadistic gang of thugs, a deliveryman risks it all to avenge his sister’s dishonor. Provided with the “pause screen music” of Grand Theft Auto 5 as his creative direction, this weeks highlighted crew member, Composer Elliot Callighan, was able to create the dark tone needed in this dramatic short film.

“I was immediately drawn to the smooth and warm synth textures that created this cold, gritty atmosphere – smooth and warm timbres don’t usually create gritty and cold emotions.” Elliot Callighan

A composer works very closely with the Director to create the musical tone of a film. Often a Director will provide examples to help direct his or her composer. Many new filmmakers are curious about how long it takes to compose a film score. Using this weeks film as an example; the total length of the film is 9-minutes long and it took our composer about 2 weeks to innovate, edit, refine, and finalize for picture.

When asked what the most challenging part of being a composer was, Mr. Callighan responded:

“As soon as that initial idea and aesthetic is found for the score everything seems to fall into place, musically. Finding that initial spark can be very daunting at times – especially because it has to speak to and excite not only myself but the Director as well. The process can be so collaborative – if either of us aren’t inspired, we haven’t found the right idea yet!”

Thank you Elliot Callighan for helping create such a unique short film for our viewers this week. If you need a composer for your next project, please CONTACT US, so we can connect you with Elliot.

We’d also like to thank Adem Suljic, for submitting and his directorial contribution to this project.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film!

See You Next Tuesday,

Justin Jackola (Director at JJack Productions)