Upbeat (2016)

Sound Design, Sound Recording

Production Credit: Sound Recording, Sound Design

A short musical film about the town of St. Meadows, where everyone sings everything they say. Except for Janet.

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In St. Meadows, everyone sings because they’re happy. So what does it mean when a member of the society cannot sing anymore? ‘Upbeat’ tells the story of Janet, who used to be like the rest of them: happy, upbeat, and loving life. When Janet starts suffering from a mental illness, her happiness decreases as the town members exclude her, one by one (through singing of course).

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‘Upbeat’ deals with complicated issues like mental illnesses, through the means of music and comedy. It discusses how problems of the mind is looked (down) upon by today’s modern society.

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Production was completed in February 2016. A selection of Behind the Scenes Stills can be seen below. Photos by Harriet Gardiner.

The music was recorded by Creative Music Technology Students Fred Bailey and Ben Lum Kin:

A filmic reference for the style director Ingrid B Holstad likes for Upbeat’s visual style (colours, make up, costume etc) is Hairspray (2007).

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Below is a link to the Upbeat Kickstarter page, which was fully funded at the end of 2015.


 The Soundtrack for Upbeat was mixed by Brinley Hall:

Upbeat’s Musical Director, Lewis Meaden, has a blog which can be seen below:


Music recordist, Ben Lum Kin, shares some of his work here: http://benlumkin.wix.com/blkmusic

To view some of Josh Well’s previous work as cinematographer, use this link: https://vimeo.com/jwellscinematography

Upbeat Footer

Director: Ingrid B. Holstad | Producer: Edel Fowell | Writer: James Crump | Director of Photography: Josh Wells | 3rd Assistant Director and Assistant Camera: Oliver Bryne | Musical Director: Lewis Meaden | Assistant Producer: Paige Elford | Sound Recording: Claire Stevens | Stills Photographer: Harriet Gardiner | Music Recording: Fred Bailey and Ben Lum Kin | Soundtrack Mix: Brinley Hall | Editor: James Lee-Warner | Production Designer: Talia Holden | Hair and Make Up Artist: Becky Quinn | Sound Design: Claire Stevens | Foley Artist: James Chatwin

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