The brief from Zoneone was quite specific - its was about creating tension and needed to focus less on melody and more on a brooding dark atmosphere to match the events in the film and the pace which the trailer had been cut to.
I pulled together some ideas and bounced them off the video editor for feedback - "less musical" was the reply! By now I had my template for the length and the basic hit points I needed so I striped back the melodic elements even more and concentrated on the atmospheres. The backbone of the piece became a slowly disintegrating electronic drone which I created by heavily distorting a rich synth patch. This is punctuated with some deep hits to give a sense of forward motion and towards the end a low pulsing synth part.
With my track finished, but no idea if it would work against the visuals it was sent back to the editor for laying into the project. He sent me the complied trailer and for the first time I was able to understand why he was so keen to keep the 'music' so sparse and tense - the effect was really powerful.
With all that complete, I was asked to mix the dialogue and sound fx audio against the finished music bed and visuals, and the final trailer was ready to send to the client - Carnaby Films. Take a look at the finished project below.