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Tyler Westen, composer: SEA HORSE

February 25, 2015
Tyler Westen composed the music for SEA HORSE

Tyler Westen composed the music for SEA HORSE

1Q: Tell us a little about the origins of Sea Horse, from concept to financing.

I was first approached by Adam Cohen the cinematographer and an old fried about a film he was going to shoot in Alaska. He introduced me to Kamell and after meeting it was clear to me that this film was going to be special. Kamell and Adam asked that I start writing some themes for them to listen to during production and I immediately began work based off an early draft of the script.

2Q: Cinequest Film Festival is hosting the World Premiere of Sea Horse. Explain to us how it feels to bring this film before audiences for the first time, and what do you think their reaction will be to your film?

It is incredibly exciting to have Sea Horse premiering at Cinequest, Having been involved with this project since 2012 I can’t wait to show it off. As for audiences, I hope that they are engrossed by the beautiful landscape that Kamell has created and moved by the stellar performances of our leading ladies.

3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making Sea Horse?

Certainly the best experience was being able to record a live orchestra at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Sea Horse was the first feature film that I scored on my own, and it was a very special experience for me to hear my music come to life at the hands of some great players. Not to sound cheesy but there really weren’t any bad experiences. The whole project was a thrill to work on.

4Q: Festival audiences often have to make hard decisions about what to see, and the catalog descriptions sometimes run together. In your own words, why should people see your film?

Sea Horse is a beautiful and sometimes terrifying film about a journey three friends are forced to take when things are at their worst. The film takes you on an introspective adventure that challenges audiences to look beyond the typical film experience.

5Q: Time to pre-plan: You just won the Oscar for Sea Horse. Give us your acceptance speech.

Fingers crossed!!! To be honest I don’t think I’d be able to get through it because I’d be so excited. But I’d definitely have to thank Kamell and Adam for creating such a beautiful and dynamic landscape to work with. As well as my family and girlfriend for tirelessly supporting the pursuit of my dream.

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