So much to talk about concerning For Love of Zombies. For weeks now I have been working the internet and the phone lines trying to track down the copyright and license holders for the music that appeared in the original Night of the Living Dead. Each piece has a different composer, is owned by a different entity. Each time I feel like I’m getting close another hurdle is place in front of me…another hoop I need to jump through.
Earlier in the process I was in the process of obtaining the rights to “It’s a Sunshine Day” by the Brady Bunch. It would have been the perfect song for the scene it would have played under. Unfortunately the fees to license and to use that song were well out of our price range so we had to move on. I have since put together some public domain classical pieces that work just as effectively for the scene. It stinks when money is a factor in achieving your vision but you move on and you work within your means to still accomplish the desired result. I believe I have.
When it comes to the Night of the Living Dead tracks I want to use, well let’s just say it isn’t as easy to move on. I have found alternatives that will work but they just don’t deliver the impact that the NOTLD tracks do. I am hoping this is the week when I finally have a definitive answer on the music. If I don’t obtain the license for the NOTLD music by the end of this week I will move forward with the alternatives and not look back. I need to meet festival deadlines and I just don’t have the time to keep pursuing these elusive copyright holders. I am only one person and I need to start devoting more attention to the pre-production of my next short film Truth or Dare. I have a dynamic cast. A cast that is going to really take my work to the next level so I have to start devoting large chunks of my time to the Truth or Dare pre-production.
I love For Love of Zombies. I feel it is my best film to date and the music cues are such a large part of what makes a film memorable. I just hope that I’m able to enter my film the way I envisioned it from the start. Keep your fingers crossed for me…I will update everyone later this week with my progress.