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Fast Work on Film

UCR Assistant Professor Part of Film Festival in La Jolla

She had 48-hours to compose her soundtrack

(July 17, 2006)

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Renee Coulombe

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- A UC Riverside professor composed a digital soundtrack for a film in the 48 Hour Film Festival in San Diego, a touring event that asks filmmakers using digital technology to put a short film together in just two days.

Renee Coulombe, assistant professor of music, worked with producer, David Newman, who founded Applied Magic and Cineform - two high tech companies in Carlsbad that create software for high definition video editing.

“The film we shot this weekend was with a prototype High Definition camera. There are just three in the world, and the other two were shooting a feature film in South Africa,” Coulombe said. “The cameras give more filmic depth-of-field, solving a major stumbling block to high-definition being adopted by filmmakers. Sony loaned us the prototype laptops to which the cameras record. This technology is very exciting, and it was interesting to see where digital video, and filmmaking in general, is going."

The film, "Burnin' Love," was screened Tuesday, July 18 at the Landmark La Jolla Village, 8879 Villa La Jolla Dr., along with others from the festival.

“I composed all my music in the same 48-hour period, acted on screen, helped edit the film using the cameras and the laptop,” she said. “It was quite a weekend.”

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