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The Fool's Mate

A couple’s relationship is at a cross roads - as Fred attempts to break up with Holly, she thinks he’s about to propose. But will an impromptu chess game finally force the truth to come out?

I was eager for the score for this short to support the comedy, but without smoothing over the details in the performance and the edit. Exploring musical languages over the opening led me to something which felt 'classical' but also ominous and foreboding - the contrast between these ordinary men drinking pints in slow motion and the grand, tragic score was satisfying. In pursuing the style further, I found the score was mocking the characters' inflated egos and protagonist syndromes, whilst also emphasising the absurdity of the chess game.

THE FOOL'S MATE | Omeleto
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Credits

Festivals

Bolton International Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Indie-Clips Short Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

St Andrews Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Birmingham Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Oxford International Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Dorking Film Festival 2022 - Audience Award, Winner

SHORT To The Point 2022 - Official Selection

New York Comedy Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

The Gogs Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

New York City Short Comedy Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Wales International Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Borrega Strings Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2023 - Official Selection

Cambria Film Festival 2023 - Official Selection

Writer & Director: Cian Llewlyn

Producer: Jack Pollington

Cinematographer: Lee Thomas

Production Designer: Thomas Conant

1st Assistant Director: Dave Stocks

Casting Director: Alex Howes

Editor: Chloe Hardwick

Composer: Alastair McNamara

Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer: Jim Stewart

Colourist: Conor Coolbear

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