Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Buffy" article in FSMO

I've had an article published in this month's issue of Film Score Monthly Online.

It's a "loving retrospective," as I think of it, on Christophe Beck's innovative music in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  What else, right?  I've been a fan and reader of FSMO for about seven years (before it even had the "O" and was still a print publication), and I had copy edited some articles for a past writer.  So, when my friend Justin asked me if I'd be interested in writing a Joss Whedon-related article for an upcoming issue, I said, "I most certainly would be!"

Although the original form of the article had to be modified due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, I feel like it came out as a good, well-researched piece.  And there was research!  Buffy is seven seasons long and over a hundred hours of viewing.  Musically speaking, little over three of those seasons were pure Christophe Beck.  It's a lot of material!  So, I watched and rewatched several key episodes like "Surprise," "Passion," "Becoming," "Hush," and "Restless," and I also reread many of the essays in Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Insights from writers and musicologists like Janet K. Halfyard were invaluable.

For a while, I wasn't sure how it would come together.  I had been writing and researching on lunch breaks and in that window between midnight and 2am.  Strangely, the bits written late at night before collapsing into bed were more cohesive than anything I composed during midday.  My husband gave me some very helpful notes, however, that helped me refine some problem areas — most of which were written at 1pm.  Lesson: Don't write during normal hours.  Haha!

In the end, the article came out to just shy of 2,000 words and I'm very proud of what I submitted.  The feedback has been very good so far, so I would call this a win.

Cross-posted to KB, For Now.