william baird

Film & TV Composer | Original Music for Compelling Stories

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.






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:



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.





15 Stories - Lost Love

In continuing to add more music pieces to my 15 Stories project, I had always planned to write a blog on the process of writing each piece - so here is the first one for the story called 'Lost Love.'

The image I found for 'Lost Love' shows a man sitting on a bench facing the sand dunes on a beach. This photo could have reflected many types of stories, but for me, I felt he was there because this place really meant something to him. The fact that he was there on his own made me feel that there was someone missing in his life......and it was at this point I immediately started to feel that this was a story of lost love.

Having stared at the image for some time, I knew that this was going to be a piece with just piano and strings. I'm not sure why I knew this, but it just felt right. I wanted the music to connect my audience with what it is like to have the one you love taken from you forever - and to feel connected compassion for the man sittiing on the bench.

Having imagined myself sitting on the bench, it brought a few tears to my eyes, so I knew I was on the right track.

 Spitfire Audio BML Strings

Spitfire Audio BML Strings

The strings I used are from Spitfire Audio - this is the first time I have used them. I have tried other string samples before, but these are so realistic and the sound just fits how I write.  I am now in the process of replacing all of my orchestra with those from Spitfire Audio. Whilst adding the strings, I felt that the piece still needed something to introduce his wife's soul into the virtual conversation. It was at this point that I felt that the Clarinet would be the right instrument to represent her. I felt it completed the piece perfectly as the music was to be about them both and the love they once had.

I really enjoyed writing this piece, and striving to work with just piano and strings. I think sometimes it is too easy to start adding more instruments when in fact it can be more effective to just start with what you intended and try and make this work. Admittedly, I added the clarinet - but I needed this to be the voice of his wife, and to complete the emotion I was trying to create.

It would be good to hear some feedback as to what this piece makes you feel when you listen to it with the image.

Now for the next one.........!

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