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Soundtrack review: The hunting of lost characters (short) (James Griffiths – 2015)

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“The hunting of lost characters” is a project. John-John is a character who was created into a world where stories are made, but doesn’t know he doesn’t exist. His backstory was never developed before his creator decided John-John was no longer needed and set him for deletion. Now, hunters have been deployed to do just that. Lost in his world, John-John is challenged by a mysterious little girl to fight for his life. He must confront the hunters and focus on his purpose to survive. Sounds like a story I would watch. For now there is only a short film and the full feature will be made next year. James Griffith, who blew my mind with his score for another dark Sci-Fi “The drift” is writing this one and for now, we have the score for this short film which will be a teaser for things to come in the full album.

For me a lot of the film music listening experience has to do with the comfort of sound. I need to feel at home when I hear a score develop, or it not at home at least in a nice musical hotel. Even if the music itself sets an uneasy and uncomfortable atmosphere around me, my level of enjoyment still depends on whether the sound itself finds a correspondent inside me. When I hear the first cue of “The hunting of lost characters” I smile affectionately because this is one of those sounds I could never get tired of. This dark and meaningful mood with epic spikes in energy every now and then, this melodic space symphony sound welcomes me with open arms and I just jump in. I’ve been here before and it’s so good to be back.

The music doesn’t waste time. Nothing is exaggerated or overdone. I get quiet and emotional moments as well as epic action pieces done just right. I get inspired when I hear the music thunder around me. if the entire score will be like this, we are in for trailer level excitement and motivation. I can see myself running on some of this cues (1M3 and 1M4 temporarily titled, I’ll be looking for their development in the full score) and I can see myself dreaming on a space lullaby like 1M5. I am happy to find once again that unique freshness in the music of James Griffiths that made such an impression almost a year ago. There is something special about his way of writing Sci-fi and I love it.

I like the echoes of this score… the music always leaves something behind, a trace I want to follow. There’s life in this score and I am sure this will be another one to remember. Can’t wait for it!

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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