"Relationships"

Our Story
 

We are a team of passionate composers and filmmakers from all over the world. Each of us comes from a diverse background and have unique stories to tell. We'd like to share our stories with you through the things we love most in life: music and film. 

"RELATIONSHIPS" is a compilation of shorts based on real-life stories of our film composers. We want to show the honest and most sincere expressions of what it sounds and feels like to be in a relationship with someone. Through personal stories, our composers create the emotions, drama, laughter, and most importantly, the experience of being in a relationship.

To celebrate the nature of being with one another, we will live stream our premier film screening with musicians. Lately we have all become aware of the importance of relationships, and we want to bring our audience together during this time when we  may feel isolated or divided.  Through this project, we aim to share the expressions of our hearts through music and film. Our original film scores will be honest and heartfelt. 

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Film & Music
 

Music is the core of human expression. It's the sound of our bodies and minds telling a story in a creative and relatable way. It can make us laugh and cry, and it gives us an experience beyond what can be felt through words alone. The marriage of music and film can work wonderfully to create a captivating story. 

Our composers will produce original scores to their stories, showing their diversity, passion, history, and love for music. Writer/director Taka Tsubota will create scripts and pictures to our stories and film music. 

In 2020, we will host a premier screening via live stream to celebrate film music from all over the world. There will also be musicians playing live to the short films to bring our stories to life. 

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About Us          
 

We started this project as a group of friends who had one thing in common: we all love music and film. We are composers from all over the world and have different musical and cultural backgrounds. We each have a distinct voice and story to tell. 
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Dario Forzato is a composer, songwriter, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. Having toured for years in Europe and across the US, he started composing music that can be heard across a variety of entertainment media outlets worldwide. His work has ranged from writing the theme for Ubisoft's best selling video game 'Rocksmith', to scoring a variety of television shows, independent films, and documentaries. In 2016 his score for the short film 'A Very Lovely Dress' was awarded Best Original Score at the LA Shorts Awards. 


Alfie Godfrey is a composer from London who made his start writing for musical theatre and British drama. He has since got a position at Remote Control productions stationed Lorne Balfe, where he works on numerous  projects for film, television, and video games.


Soomin (Jasmine) Jo is a composer and orchestrator from Seoul, South Korea. She has 7 years of experience in the field of orchestral music. Since moving to Los Angeles, California, she has further developed her skills as a film composer for a variety of genres, including short films, trailers, and animations. Her greatest strengths are in her understanding a piece of music from the perspectives of both the director and audience. In 2019-2020, she worked on the short film, Roman and Julie, and The Ordinary Dinner. 


Jonathan Kintz's biggest passion is music. He's been playing in rock bands his whole life, the most notable being Of Mice & Men, and now, Signals. He recently finished the Film Scoring program at UCLA and has studied composition privately with Dr. Bruce Miller at the Colburn School, Fuller College. Jonathan's music has been performed by top musicians at Hollywood's biggest studios, including Warner Bros. and Eastwest. He has interned for both Christopher Young and Henry Jackman while also participating in the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive. 


Allison Pham is a Los Angeles-based multimedia composer, musician, and producer. She has written music for films, shows, podcasts, bands, and is the composer for Mighty Fortress Press. She grew up studying classical piano and various other orchestral instruments. In addition to composing, Allison produces short films. She studied at the University of Michigan and graduated from the UCLA Film Scoring Program. 


Yuna Qian is a film composer and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles, California. She began her studies at the age of six in classical piano, and her passion for music has never stopped. She received a Master’s in Audio Engineering/Recording Arts at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, then went onto study film scoring and composition at UCLA. Yuna has composed for media and films, recorded and mixed numerous music projects ranging from film scores, classical & jazz, to hip-hop & indie/alternative rock. She has also worked form film composers Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman and Dominic Lewis. 


Ameya Saraf is a composer and music producer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Mumbai, India, Ameya’s musical journey began by playing in the local band circuit and eventually playing shows across India with his band. His life changed when a friend asked him to score his film for a competition and he fell in love with telling stories for film through his music. Ameya’s music can be characterized with catchy melodies, minimal arrangements and organic and electro acoustic textures. He has worked on 24:India as an additional music composer and has had multiple short films to his credit, playing at different film festivals around the world. Ameya is currently studying film scoring at UCLA and is currently working on his first feature documentary. 


Kaori Sawada is an LA-based composer, recording artist, and music producer from Tokyo, Japan. After getting a Bachelor’s degree in composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, she went back to Japan and started her career of writing music for media. She’s worked on hundreds of TV commercials and well-known TV shows. She has produced many songs for pop singers and as an artist herself, toured all over Japan. In 2018, she decided to move to Los Angeles to focus more on TV/film music worldwide. Her most recent international work is for HBO Asia series called “Food Lore”, and her first feature film is currently in production, which will be released in 2021. 


Joanne Wai is a visual media composer from Hong Kong, currently based in Los Angeles. She is also a classically trained musician who started playing the piano since the age of four and the violin since the age of eight. Her strength is in writing orchestral scores. Currently, she is a student in the UCLA Extension film scoring program. 
Director/Writer

Taka Tsubota is an LA-based freelance film director/writer/editor and a full-time staff writer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Born and raised in Niigata, Japan, he has recently graduated from USC with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies and spent two years working at a computer graphics company in Tokyo. During his time there, he produced VR projects for H.I.S. and directed an independent mid-feature film he wrote, Stolen.   

 

Producers

Aika Greenidge is a Los Angeles born and raised creative who has been involved in the film industry for the past decade having done various roles within. She went to school for cinematography but is now settling into a producing career.

Allison Pham  - composer/project producer

Kaori Sawada - composer/project producer

 

Music Producer and Coordinator

Nick Tuttle has been working with music in film for over a decade. From supervising, producing, composing and orchestrating - he has a passion for music to picture. He has also worked doing musical collaborations for art instillations and has extensive experience with the technical side of music production as well. 

 

 

Why We Need Your Help
 

We are independent artists with a passion for music and film. We want to share our film scores in a unique way and bring people together to celebrate relationships. We hope this project sparks something new and inspiring as we bring our stories and film music to life. 

We want to show the spirit of relationships through music and film, but as many other artists, are feeling the impact of the things happening in our communities. In this ever-changing world, we are coming up with creative ideas to continue on with our project despite the challenges we have come across. We are in the stage of producing the scores, and will proceed with shooting when we are able to start film production. It's our way of exploring the limitless possibilities and expressions of film music, and to continue to inspire through music and film during this time. We also aim to keep film music alive in Los Angeles. 

Everything is planned out and organized, and we need help raising the funds for production and post-production editing. The total budget for "Relationships" is $11,970. We will shoot 7 progressive episodes that are 4 minutes each to make a short film that is a total of 30 minutes in length. Our composers and most of our independent filmmakers are working voluntarily, and we are doing our best to keep budgeting to a minimum.                

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Equipment, cast, and crew

We are utilizing our combined resources to keep production costs as low as possible. However, we still need help with funding lighting, audio, and camera equipment. We also have a crew of student volunteers, and it’s important that everyone is well-fed and provided with transportation to and from shooting sites.


Directing, writing, and producing expense

We need to allocate funds for writing the script and shooting scenes. 


Film editing

A key element of our film is tailoring the picture to the music. Funds will go towards post-production editing. 


Music recording, editing, and session musicians

We are lucky to have talented film composers share their stories through their music. We would like to further bring their ideas to life by bringing in live LA-based musicians for recording and screening performances. Funds will also go towards an audio engineer for mixing and editing the scores. 


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Thank you
 

For supporting aspiring film composers and keeping film and music alive. We hope to see you at our live stream premier screening. For every $20 donation, we will include your name in the end credits. 

 

 

Sincerely,

The "Relationships" Team

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 2 d
  • Tayne Yoon 
    • $200 
    • 4 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 6 d
  • Eunice Kang 
    • $50 
    • 19 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 27 d
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Fundraising team: Relationships Team (4)

Allison Pham 
Organizer
Raised $1,370 from 10 donations
Torrance, CA
Aika Greenidge 
Team member
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Kaori Sawada 
Team member
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Taka Tsubota 
Team member
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