Thanks Kyle! It is live orchestra, but not recorded specifically for this project. Our composer, Kevin Riepl, did the score for the game Aliens: Colonial Marines. We had access to all the stems from that recording session, so he rearranged and remixed them, and added some electronic elements to create something new. The music is barely recognizable from the game, and it gave us the big live sound I was looking for. Another example of working within low-budget constraints and still finding ways to get what you want creatively.
Sorry for my delayed response folks! I’m happy to share more information about how we made ATROPA. Anytime I’m asked about the budget of my projects, I always try to place the question into context. The story really isn't about the money you spend, but rather what creativity is born from limitations. That’s the fun (and challenge) of low budget! For ATROPA, we had three weeks of prep, we shot for two days, and we spent just over $10,000 total.
As the article explains, we asked many favors of many people, we worked with a student crew, and we inspired a lot of people to generously donate their time and talent. No surprises here: it took a ton of work, extensive planning, and an awesome team to pull it off.