Student composition earns second place in national film festival
Corban University students aren’t just book smart; they are taking what they learn and applying it to their lives and careers.
In 2012 music major David Hamilton served as primary composer for the independent Christian film “Indescribable” developed by Morning Star Productions. On Feb. 9, his musical score earned second place in the Film Score category at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
Hamilton watched the live video feed from the festival with his family in their Albany, Ore. home.
“It was pretty exciting for my whole family,” he said. “When they made the announcement my siblings were in an uproar and my mom was in hysterics. My dad grabbed my arm and was pounding me on the back. All I could do was sit there and cry.”
When Hamilton heard the film was named a semi-finalist in the Film Score category, he knew it was an uphill battle to win. “Indescribable” featured music from several composers where most movie producers use only one. Nearly every other feature film in the festival had composers with eight years or more of experience.
“I can honestly say that I thought there was no way the film would get this far,” he said. “It was surreal to see the director on the TV when the award was announced and watching him text me with the news.”
The movie is based on the true story of Blynn, a young boy determined to help his family face the struggles brought by WWI and his journey to discover what it means to truly love God. The events inspired the hymn “The Love of God.”
Hamilton has been interested in film for several years. Previously he created original music for the web series “In His Steps,” which is now being made into a full-length feature film and the film “Holiday Hostage.”
His compositions are built on sound samples from musical instrument archives. These samples can be pieced together to create music that sets the mood of the moment. He admitted he is largely self- taught through books and websites although he has been mentored by another film composer from Lebanon, Ore.
Currently Hamilton’s studies take the majority of his time, but he is working on a science fiction web series with his brother and plans to continue creating “clean and Christian” material.
“There is a real need in the (filmmaking) industry,” he said. “Some people say film isn’t right for ministry, but it has a global impact and the Lord can use whatever media He wants.”