Folsom Symphony featured on ‘Bloodline’ soundtrack
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The Folsom Symphony has gone Hollywood.
Members of the symphony have recorded the music for the sound track of the new movie “Bloodline.”
Billed as a “hero’s journey,” “Bloodline is a full-length thriller produced and directed by industry veterans (and Roseville residents) Matt Thompson and Michael Reinero. The partners also act in the film.
The story involves a former seminary student (Thompson) who learns his blood line is marked by an evil hex a Native American chief placed on his white ancestors 200 years ago. Thompson’s character must choose between temptation and redemption as he struggles to end the curse. According to the promos, “lives hang in the balance.”
“The Folsom Symphony is honored to have been invited to provide the music for this great film,” said symphony President Bruce Woodbury. “The confidence Matt and Michael have placed in our talent is testimony to the musical quality our orchestra has come to be known for.”
With a goal of bringing more professional film work to the Sacramento region, the crew shot the movie entirely in this area. Sacramento, said Reinero, the film’s executive producer, has always had superb landscapes for filmmaking, and now it has the talent as well. With that, he said, it was important a local orchestra provide the music.
“We are so pleased that the Folsom Symphony could perform the score,” he said. “Their enthusiasm and professionalism were really evident throughout the recording. I loved working with them.”
The experience was a new one for most of the musicians who participated. The process required synchronizing the live music to both the film and a prerecorded synthesized sound track. As the musicians played, Reinero and his crew coordinated the music with the film as it ran silently on a screen. Since the film was already made, the symphony’s music had to be timed to match.
Layering live music over a recorded track saves time and cost while giving the music nearly the sound quality of an orchestra performance. Instead of using a full orchestra, the effect is achieved with only representative instruments, in this case French horns and strings (violins, violas, cellos and basses).
Reinero characterized the score as “haunting” and “foreboding.”
“The music really helps set the mood,” he said. “It’s not additive; it’s exponential. How much better a film can be when you have the right combination of music and visual art.”
After the premier, the producers will look for a distributor to place the movie in theaters. With their industry experience, the partners are confident their product will be picked up.
Thompson, a Roseville native and Granite Bay High School alum, directed the 2009 award-winning “Listen to Your Heart,” starring Cybill Shepherd, and has acted in more than 10 major films. In May, he narrated a selection for the Folsom Symphony’s “Land That I Love.”
Reinero, who met Thompson when they acted together in a play here in 2005, is familiar to local theater-goers from many stage productions. With years of experience, he has acted in several short studio and independent movies and two HBO films. Compared to “Bloodline,” he said, “those have been film school.”
The Folsom Symphony, now beginning its eighth season, is the premier orchestra of the Folsom Lake region. It is a grass-roots organization whose members are mainly volunteers.
“Bloodline” will premier at 7 p.m. June 24 at Three Stages main theater. The showing is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at threestages.net or from the box office on the Folsom Lake College campus at 10 College Parkway, Folsom. The ticket office can be reached at (916) 608-6888. Individual seats are not reserved.
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