Alastair McNamara

Composer for Film, TV and Games

TEASE

TEASE is a documentary made in extraordinary circumstances about an extraordinary website - Only Fans: a social media platform like any other, except for the fact that the content is 'adult' and customers pay for the content. In early 2020, director Jessica Brady set out to make a film following a new contributor setting up a profile on the site, but when the first COVID lockdown hit, she turned the camera on herself. She instead found out first hand how a platform like this can take over your life, when your living is made in your bedroom and OnlyFans is always calling from your pocket.

In the score, I sought to reflect the fast-paced, contemporary energy of the film, whilst slowly pulling you down the rabbit hole with Jess and plumbing darker depths towards the end of the documentary. Pulling on drum sounds from Trap music to reflect the platform in the beginning, and then darker, more ambient synth and guitar textures in the latter half, vocals were used to bridge the gap between these two sounds worlds. From Trappy vocal chops through to haunting chordal swells at the end of the film

Festivals

Grierson Awards 2021 - Winner of Best Student Film

 

Credits

Director: Jessica Brady

Producers: Jessica Brady & Danielle Goff

Editor: Lesley Posso

Production Manager: Fabiana Tesauro

Credits

Composer: Alastair McNamara

Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer: Henry Sims

Colourist/Online Editor: Nigel Tadyanehondo

Seabird

Seabird is a Science and Natural History Documentary, which balances communicating important truths with poetic storytelling, using the human experience to say something about our planet. All the voice over in the film is taken from a single interview with Adam Nicolson, an author whose experience visiting the Shiant Isles off the coast of Scotland growing up led to a life long love for Seabirds and made him who he is today.

For Seabird’s score, I was lucky enough to have the chance to record a live orchestra at AIR studios in London. I wanted to make the most of that precious opportunity, using the full range of the Orchestra from cadenza like solos through to full orchestral tuttis, speaking to the modesty of the single puffin through to the sweeping majesty of the ocean. Follow this link to listen to the soundtrack album on Spotify.

Festivals

Indy Shorts Film Festival 2021 - Selection

Jackson Wild™ Media Awards 2021 - Student Film, Finalist

Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival 2021 - Audience Award Best Short Film, Nomination

Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2021 - Best Short Film, Winner

Ireland Wildlife Film Festival 2021 - Best Student Short Film, Winner & Best of Fest, Winner

Credits

Director & Cinematographer: Conor Ferris

Narrator: Adam Nicholson

Editor: Zak Lawrence-Earey

Composer: Alastair McNamara

Credits

Sound Designer: Grace Wong

Colourist: Francis Quereshi

Titles: Georgia Heath

Additional Photography: Jake Davison, John Davies, George Pretty & Kate Wallace