William Baird

Film & TV Composer | Original Music for Compelling Stories

Scoring 'Eviction Notice' - My Emotional Connection

Midfield Mobile Home Park - A Place of the past

 Image courtesy of CBC Docs

Image courtesy of CBC Docs

It has been nearly 8 months since Midfield Mobile Home Park closed and all 180 residents were finally evicted by The City of Calgary. I wanted to share my own emotional experience, as to how this story impacted me when I was asked to score the film.

Winter scenes at the park appear frequently in the film, and as I now start to see more snow falling outside of my studio, I couldn’t help but think about the residents of Midfield Park who fought hard for many years, who ultimately lost their futile battle to keep their homes and community.

Writing the score for this film started with a conversation I had with Director Laura O’Grady. Laura explained to me just how long the fight of the residents had been to try and keep their homes, and how let down they felt by the City of Calgary. My immediate feelings after I watched the first edit of the film were obviously directed towards the residents, but after playing with some musical ideas, my mind started to shift towards what was in my view, the ‘soul’ of the park itself.

The opening scene to the film gives an insight into how the park once was. I wrote music to connect the viewer to the past - but with some anticipation of what was to come.

Here is the opening music cue:

For me, not only was it devastating to watch these people lose their homes, there was a strong underlining emotion I felt that spoke of how this would soon be the end of the park and all it stood for. No matter how hard the people tried, it was clear that there was nothing they could do to change their fate. Watching the bulldozers tear down their homes, and demolish the community - it felt like I was watching the systematic destruction of a living being that once offered so much life and energy to the residents it served.

The park was home to a community of people and children from diverse backgrounds, and with that diversity came a unique energy and soul within the park. As each family was forced to leave, so the life of the park slowly started to wither away. Its final closure, ironically on Family Day - February 19th 2018, the park took its final breath, and what we are left to witness is the aftermath.

Writing the music for “Eviction Notice” I tried hard to be as respectful as I could, not just to the story and the residents, but to the park itself. For me it was the park that gave these people a place in which to build their community and homes.

Today the park remains empty and lifeless, as it awaits its next chapter. Wherever the previous residents may be now, I would like to send my sincere best wishes to the forgotten community of what was once Midlfield Mobile Home Park.

If you would like to watch the film please click the link below:

https://www.cbc.ca/shortdocs/shorts/eviction-notice


Living Proof - Documentary Feature Film - Directed by Matt Embry


 Composing the original score to 'Living Proof'

Composing the original score to 'Living Proof'

I recently had the pleasure of working with Film Director, Matt Embry on his feature length documentary film titled 'Living Proof'.

The film will be making its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2017. It will subsequently be screening at the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF).

Original Score by William Baird.  Score recorded and mixed by Steve Dierkens at Studio D, Calgary. 

LIVING PROOF is a dynamic, fast-paced feature-length documentary that examines the crippling politics of multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed with the disease, filmmaker Matt Embry embarks on a journey to meet top MS experts to find hope for treatment. From Italy to Iowa, he encounters a network of other MS sufferers who ignore neurologists, share their own information and question if Big Pharma, academia, government and multiple sclerosis charities are keeping MS patients from accessing alternative treatments for the sake of profit. 

LIVING PROOF stylistically blends first-person investigative filmmaking, science, and a compelling, heartfelt story of a father and son’s fight to distill the truth and save lives.

TO VIEW THE TRAILER CLICK HERE

https://www.seelivingproof.com/

http://www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2017/living-proof

http://www.tiff.net/tiff/living-proof/?v=living-proof

LIVING PROOF ORIGINAL SCORE BY WILLIAM BAIRD

Mule - Living on the Outside - Documentary Feature Film

I attended the IDA (International Documentary Association) conference in Los Angeles back in October 2016, and whilst there I met John McDonald, a filmmaker based in Pasadena, CA. We got talking over lunch and he told me about a film he was making called '3 Mules - Living on the Outside'. 

This film told the story of a man nicknamed 'Mule', who for the last 30 years has been traveling up and down California, advocating the right to keep the trails open for people to use for horse riding and other means of transport other than cars. His 30 year struggle with fighting for this right continues.

I had the pleasure in working with John in providing the original music for his initial short film, which has since gone on to win several awards, and will be showing at the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) this year. 

The film will hopefully be made into a full length documentary once funding can be secured, and I so look forward to working with John and his team, writing the music to this incredible film. You can read more about 'Mule - Living on the Outside' at this website:

http://3mulesmovie.com/

 

The Secret Marathon - Documentary Feature Film

Back in December 2016, I received an email from Scott Townend, a film maker based in Edmonton. He told me that he was looking for a composer to come onboard with a team who were making a documentary about a secret marathon being held in Afghanistan. The reason this marathon is secret is that it is the first time women are allowed to race.

Of course, I was delighted to be asked and when I found out more about the story behind the film, I was even more committed to the project. Since then I have met Kate McKenzie, (co-director and executive producer) and Martin Parnell, (executive producer) both who appear in the film. 

Fast forward to today. The Secret Marathon is now a reality, and on Feb 7th 2017, the first trailer was released to help with securing the final funding needed to complete the film. I am so proud to have contributed my music to this trailer and now look forward to writing the music to the feature length film.

https://thesecretmarathon.com/

https://youtu.be/qsZuhS_RYSA

 

 

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