This past spring, Lauren X. Pham, CSUN Music student and Senior in Commercial Media Writing, collaborated with Desireé V. Castro, CSUN CTVA student and director, to write the score for the Senior Thesis Short Film, Relevé. Along with a dynamic cast and crew which included: Mark Alvarado, Editor; Alex Morse, Editor; Vicky Solorio, Producer & Sound Editor; Jasmine Luna, Sound Mixer; Kevin Breeding, violin; Ivan Dantas, violin; Valerie Wiley, viola; Adrian Garza, ‘cello; and Billy Tobenkin, ‘cello, Ms. Castro’s filmcame to life.
Relevé traces the tale of a young woman who desires to chase her dreams as a ballet dancer, but an unhealthy relationship hinders her path.
References to classical themes similar to Aronofsky’s, Black Swan and Stravinsky’s, Firebird come through in the score along with a touch of modern elements. “The concept of the music was exciting, and the process of writing the score was both enjoyable and challenging—enjoyable because I loved the genre, yet challenging because it was the longest project I had worked on so far,” said Ms. Pham.
Relevé premiered at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater and from there began earning awards from various film festivals. When the film won Best Score from the Mindfield Film Festival, Ms. Pham felt honored. “It’s a fantastic feeling being acknowledged for our work. Thanks to Desireé and her team, I was able to be a part of this journey, and I can’t wait to see what else the future has in store for us.”
The collaboration between CSUN students within the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication is fostered by its mission to encourage students to hone their craft while developing relationships with their peers in other disciplines to produce quality work.