My films

I have been passionate about film for nearly my entire life, and have been making original films since I was a young child. I have also used my musical background to both inform my solo work and to collaborate with others as a film composer (The Dreamland Inn, Buttercup). My score for "The Dreamland Inn' won "Best Musical Score" at the Jersey Shore Festival in 2020.

Currently, I am busy editing and finalizing my short films "Sealed, Not Delivered" which I shot in August 2020. It will be available by November.

solo films

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Written, Directed and Edited by Carl Coetzee
Original Composition by Carl Coetzee

Released October 2020

I made this film for an assignment with a prompt to write a 2 minute film -- no dialogue -- in which a character makes a difficult and dramatic decision. I shot this in October 2020 with my good friends Jamie Granato and Zak Zaidi; Jamie played the lead role, while Zak was Director of Photography. In addition to directing, I played a secondary character. My dad also filled in for a role.

 

To achieve the 'fire' effect, Zak and I used a fire pit in my backyard, shooting extreme close-ups of the flames in high framerates at night. In post, I slowed them down and took out the background to make the flames appear much larger than they were.

Orange Blossoms

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Unfinished symphony

Written, Directed and Edited by Carl Coetzee
Original Composition by Carl Coetzee

Released May 2019

After losing his ability to speak, a man turns to music to make his voice heard.

 

This film was shot in February/ March 2019 and was released in May 2019. It was later minimally recut in September 2020 and uploaded for archival/portfolio purposes. Created as part of the Advanced Media 2018/2019 course.

Collaborations:

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The dreamland inn

Written & Directed by Aaron Razi

Original Soundtrack by Carl Coetzee

Released December 19, 2019

WINNER: "BEST MUSICAL SCORE", JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL 2020

I was brought onto this project after scoring Aaron's short film, "Buttercup", a few months prior. In addition to scoring the film, I also worked on set as a crew member when the film was shot in August 2019.

Since this is a film with less dialogue and more emphasis on visual storytelling, the score was much more critical this time around. While working on this piece, I tried to push my existing skills with more of an emphasis on a more synchronization-dependent score and experimentation with more live instrumentation. Most notably, I constructed a personal sound studio in order to record live strings; additionally, since I was the only available violinist, I employed extensive overdubbing and ultimately created a 24-member string section with only one instrumentalist.

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Buttercup

Written & Directed by Aaron Razi

Original Soundtrack by Carl Coetzee

Released June 14, 2019

In December 2018, I was approached by Aaron Razi to make music for a project he had shot some months earlier. Though I'd never scored a film before, I had a strong musical background and at the time was exploring professional music production. Over the following six months, Aaron and I worked together to create a 25-minute original soundtrack for the film.

Making this soundtrack challenged me as a composer and a producer, and was my first significant production project. During the making of these pieces, I recorded with live guitar for the first time as well as live bass. I grew as a musician during the recording of this soundtrack-- my personal favorites in the tracklist include "Theme/Finale From Buttercup", "The Shed", "Red Marks", and "VHS Tapes".

© 2020, Carl Coetzee