Your science fiction film score: interview with Mike Hall

Lessons from a film composer

Mike Hall is a music composer, musician, and sound designer and has produced music for many movie projects.

Mike Hall in the studio
Mike Hall

In my interview with Mike, we covered:

  • How to find a film composer for your project
  • If you’re a film composer, how to find filmmakers
  • Why many film composers are doing it wrong and how to do it correctly
  • How the film scoring process works

One big takeaway I got from this interview is if you want your music (or science fiction movie) to stand out from the pack, create something unique. Don’t try to sound or look like everyone else.

This may seem obvious, but ask yourself if you’re following this advice.

Mike Hall
Mike Hall in the studio

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Dead Drift: a weekly sci-fi web series

What is “Dead Drift”?

“Dead Drift” is a science-fiction comedy web-series that launched October 6th 2015. Eight new episodes will be coming beginning April 22,  2016 to complete the first season.

The cast of Dead Drift
The cast of Dead Drift

“Dead Drift” is Red Dwarf meets the Office. A screwball buddy comedy in SPACE, told by characters interacting via video communication consoles – summed up quite accurately by the show’s logline – “The uptight Captain of a decrepit ship must work with a bumbling mechanic to survive an alien encounter and save Earth from a terrifying ancient evil.”

These two less than stellar representatives of Earth’s USSC (United Solar Space Command, the future equivalent of NASA) set forth on an expedition to survey Saturn’s moon Titan, a mission they’ve been given mostly to keep them out of everyone else’s hair. Along the way they’ll come to rely on the ship’s holographic AI HANNAH to save their asses on more than one occasion. When they get to Titan, they make a monumental discovery that makes their mission one of the most important in human history.

In this episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show, I interview Ken Carlson, who plays Maurice Morris III on the show.

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I did NOT see that coming!

Surprise your audience

If you want to keep your movie audience engaged, you’ve got to find ways for your hero to keep surprising your audience.

If you’re successful, they’ll be saying to themselves:

“I did NOT see that coming!

Weird space creature
I’ll bet your weren’t expecting to see this! (illustration by William “Bubba” Flint)

In this episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show, I talk about a screenwriting “hack” you can use to keep surprising your audience.

Big announcement

I’ve started working on my own science fiction movie!

William Bubba Flint Alien Illustration
Will this creature appear in my sci-fi movie? (illustration by William “Bubba” Flint)

It’s still early – it’s in the pre-pre-production stage.

The talented Mr. William “Bubba” Flint contributed some concept art for the project.

I’ll be providing updates as they happen on this website and the podcast so – stay tuned!

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Update on science fiction comedy “Frackers”

Further adventures of “Frackers”: a science fiction comedy

In this episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show, I interview Bennett Litwin, the executive producer and co-writer (with Adam Litwin) of “Frackers”.

“Frackers” is a science fiction comedy, set in another dimension.

Bennett Litwin on set of Frackers
Bennett Litwin (left) on set of “Frackers”

The cast and crew will be shooting at a summer camp for half of the film and back on earth in the second half.

We visited the “Frackers” set last November when they were shooting in a doctor’s office.

Since then, the cast has been finalized for the remaining shoots.

Bennett described the many methods they used to find the actors for the film:

  • Networking
  • Casting agents
  • Friends (including Facebook)
  • Casting director

The crew for “Frackers” came together over time and has, through some challenges, evolved.

Recognizing his strengths and limitations, Bennett wisely decided against trying to do everything himself and focused on building a strong team.

He lets his talented crew members do what they do best while he focuses on on tasks he can do well.

Write, shoot, and rewrite

After shooting last November, Bennett has done a great deal of writing and rewriting. He prefers to write for specific actors as well as their characters.

Red camera on "Frackers" set
Red camera on “Frackers” set

Bennett views the script as a living thing that evolves throughout the course of production. The writing is play for him.

The script for “Frackers” has gone through about 70 rewrites and Bennett expects a few more before they finish.

They are editing as they go, so Bennett expects the first rough edit about 30 days after the last day of shooting.


In a perfect world, Bennett would sell “Frackers” to a distributor for millions of dollars and move on to the next project.

This is not a perfect world.

They will be contacting distributors before taking it to film festivals. Festivals can be a beating. And they are expensive.

Take away

Have a story worth telling. If it’s just about money, go do something else.

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