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Seattle Pacific student score wins in 48-hour horror film contest

Illustration by Brenton Little

A group of SPU music students won best original score for Home Invasion, their team’s entry last fall in Seattle’s 48-Hour Horror Film Project.

Part of a worldwide timed filmmaking competition, each team was randomly assigned a specific horror film genre just before the contest began. The short film was written, filmed, edited, and given a soundtrack all within 48 hours.

Taylor Merisko served as the zombie film’s composer and mixing engineer, with assistance from fellow student Aileen Lani Saboff. Hunter Rath was the audio engineer and cellist. Violinist Evan Daley and trumpeter Colin Chandler rounded out the ensemble.

Merisko says use of SPU’s Nickerson Studios was key: “Without access to such a state-of-the-art studio and equipment, I do not believe the project would have come together as well as it did.” He also credits Director of Music Technology Ron Haight for his support of the effort.

Watch on VimeoWatch the 6-minute horror movie to listen to the awarding-winning score.
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