The directors were interviewed as part of the DN feature and they perfectly and very kindly summed up my compositional approach: “James Warburton captured organic sounds from the trees, branches and rivers of his local forest; stretching and distorting them through old tape decks to create a sense of the forest “breathing.” We quickly felt we both trusted James implicitly and allowed him the creative freedom to find the film’s voice and elevate the tone.”
It was a hugely enjoyable collaborative experience throughout. It’s a privilege to be trusted with complete freedom to express yourself, I’m grateful to the incredibly talented team for their faith in me.
If atmospheric, dystopian, forest-based-folklore is your thing, then I hope you enjoy watching.
‘Keratin’ was co-directed by Andrew Butler and James Wilson for Backbone Films, produced by Laurie Mahon, edited by Alex Marshall with sound-design by Shane Gravestock.
Everything in this piece is created from slowed down and stretched acoustic instruments, processed field recordings and vintage analogue synths all distorted through tape and tubes. You can hear more of these techniques in the short film ‘Keratin’ which I recently had the pleasure of scoring, due for release in 2021 after a very successful festival run.
It’s a collection of fragile piano and string compositions all recorded live at my studio featuring some beautiful violin and cello playing by Katrina Davies, all processed through various tape machines/pedals to break it up and give it some more texture etc
Found out this week I’ve been chosen for the BFI x BAFTA crew talent development programme 2019/20. Really looking forward to meeting new directors, producers, writers and crew and hopefully working with lots of new people!