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Roman Safiullin on “The Today Show”

As we mentioned in our last post, our documentarian, Roman Safiullin, who created the webseries for THE ATTIC DOOR called BEHIND THE ATTIC DOOR, journeyed to Haiti last week on the 8th of January. He was trapped when the earthquake hit an just this Saturday made it back to the states. Impressed by his story and footage, he was invited onto the The Today Show. Please take a look:

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Our Documentarian Roman Safiullin Trapped in Haiti

Documentary director Roman Safiullin.

We just got word that our documentarian, Roman Safiullin, journeyed to Haiti last week on the 8th of January. Danny Daneau spoke with him via email last Wednesday who told him:

I’m in my last semester at UF and we’re about to start editing the film we’ve shot profiling two young guys who run a non-profit and conduct deworming and medical missions around the world and run a number of orphanages and schools for homeless kids. We’re focusing on their efforts in Haiti. Our third trip there is this Friday. One of them is opening a school in a rural village, should be exciting.

To our relief, The Miami Hearld reported today that Roman, along with his documentary partner John Bougher, are alive and okay. He is hopefully going to be coming home in the next couple days. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Roman and his family as well as all of the tragic victims of the earthquake.

For those interested in helping these victims immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999″ and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

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The Power of Silence

… from composer Kristin Øhrn Dyrud’s blog at Montages

That was very much the case in the score for “The Attic Door”. It was an exercise in restraining myself and stripping back unnecessary elements. There are cues in the score that have 15 seconds of rest. It is funny though how you feel that when you get hired as a composer you should deliver the best possible music with beautiful themes and colorful layers because that makes it more interesting to listen to. Having 15 seconds of rest felt like I was cheating. But Danny kept reminding me that less was more, and he was right. In the end the minimalist music was the right choice for this particular movie. It’s an intimate, quiet film with multiple emotional layers. Piling on with musical layers would have overwhelmed the picture. It was a bold choice, but I think the right one. And as for the long rests – not having the music come back where you expect it can create an unnerving atmosphere. It can make the audience squirm uncomfortably at the tip of their seat. That was the effect we were going for to reflect the situation of the children left alone in this vast, beautiful, but terrifyingly lonely landscape of the Utah desert.

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