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What do McDonalds, Jaws, Old Spice and the Pirates of the Caribbean have in common?

No, Johnny Depp wasn’t reeking of an old mans aftershave and eating a Big Mac whilst being chased by a psychopathic shark….although I would pay to see that!

So, what could it be?

Well, it’s this…..

You are already humming one of those tunes, aren’t you?

You know the music, without seeing the video or film. That’s because,

The music is working as hard as the video.

The music that accompanies these 4 things is powerful…it resonates with us…and it connects us to the thing we are watching….whether it be a burger, an aftershave or a film.

We remember it and how it made us feel….forever more associating ‘that music’ with ‘that thing.’

And this is what the right music, used in the right place and delivered in the right way can do for you.

Videographers and Filmmakers - you are experts at crafting picture….setting up each shot to tell the unique story in the best way possible, expressing your creative vision for the story in ways that enable us to be drawn in, to connect, to engage, to participate in the story you are telling, regardless if that is a corporate video or feature film.

And it is the same when I compose bespoke music for you….I craft each note to perfectly complement and elevate your storytelling, taking it to a new emotional high.

As my client, Dan Ford at StoryScreen Ltd puts it…

The added value that bespoke music gives to my video projects is massive, and Michael has a great understanding of emotional beats and storytelling.

When I collaborate with Videographers and Filmmakers to produce bespoke emotional music for their video or film,

  • I take the time to truly understand the unique story they are telling.

  • I seek out the desired emotional outcome.

  • And I creatively collaborate to ensure that the music is working as hard as the video.

So, is your music working as hard as your video?

If you would like the ‘Dan Ford, StoryScreen’ experience, and have the music in your productions working as hard as the video you craft, then please get in touch.

Or book a free Creative Ignition session here…

Or just DM me!

I look forward to hearing from you

God Bless


Michael Coltham is a film and media Composer and audio wrangler who specialises in composing emotion through the medium of music. He runs a artisan, boutique Music Production Company called Black Lab Music, that specialises in helping build an emotional connection with audiences. He is a published Indie-classical/Neoclassical composer and artist. You can find his personal work at or visit his website at



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