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L.A.-based director Cutter Hodierne on the making of his Sundance Film Festival debut

Fishing without Nets

Somali modern day piratesA few years ago, stories about modern-day pirates terrorizing the waters off the Somali coast started to emerge, and eventually it led to a small media frenzy. In 2008, the world watched as rescue measures were taken to save kidnapped French couple Bernadette and Jean-Yves Delanne, who were abducted by pirates while sailing home from Australia aboard their yacht, the Carre d’As. Eventually, French Special Forces freed the couple in an operation that left a pirate dead, and six more arrested. Although this happened several thousand miles away from the Californian coast, for Los Angeles based director Cutter Hodierne, the story hit close to home.

Just before he was born, Hodierne’s parents sold everything that they owned and bought a 32-foot cutter-rigged sailboat; Cutter spent the first three years of his life sailing the South Pacific Ocean. At the time, the area was one of the first and only places one would hear about modern-day pirate activity. When reminded of the French couple, Hodierne says, “That could’ve been us.” Over twenty years later, the early memories would lay down the groundwork in what would become the short-film that introduces Sundance to Cutter Hodierne.

Write or Compose Music? Go to College. Connect with the Up and Coming Talent Pool

Music Composition classesEvery time I go back home to visit family and friends, I get the same ol’ speech from my dear mother: when will you get a real job? For many – most, actually – being a musician and making a living out of doing what you like is not really a ‘job’ or ‘career -worthy’. The truth is entirely different, of course, and you know that already. You don’t have to be a wildly successful touring artist or have your face on top of the tabloids to declare yourself a musician. In fact, most of us live in the shadow and work quietly out of our home office or recording studio. If you’re into music composition, you definitely have a few different avenues in front of you and you might be able to build a solid career behind the scenes.

One of those avenues certainly is film composition. Just like the music industry, the film industry has changed dramatically in last decade and with the rise of indie music came the rise of indie films. If you’re hoping to write the score to one of Hollywood’s new release, you’ll most likely have to jump through hoops and get in touch with many inaccessible individuals only to get rejected because Trent Reznor got the job, once again. The secret lies in getting in touch with the up and coming individuals – you really need to forget about getting in touch with Steven Spielberg and target the future generation.