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Collaborating with artist

August 6, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

Former Preston High School music sensation Matthew R. Durrant, a doctoral student at University of Utah, is collaborating with Icelandic photographer/ film maker Svavar Jonatansson on a film depicting the beautiful landscapes of southern Utah in a unique way.

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Jonatansson takes several still pictures while driving down a road or highway and puts them together in flipbook fashion. It’s kind of like the early black and white films that had the charm of being cranked by hand as opposed to being electric motor driven. It is a unique way of videoing landscapes.

Jonatansson was featured on the award winning documentary film “Chasing Ice.”

The two met a music symposium at University of Montana. Jonatansson was looking for someone to compose music to his newest work in southern Utah.

“I like landscapes, hiking and anything to do with outdoors so I sent him an email,” said Durrant, who said he would like to teach at the university level.

Matthew R. Durrant poses in the Preston High School music room. He is a doctoral student at University of Utah. He is collaborating with Icelandic photographer/ film maker on a movie showing the beautiful landscapes of southern Utah in a unique way.

Matthew R. Durrant poses in the Preston High School music room. He is a doctoral student at University of Utah. He is collaborating with Icelandic
photographer/ film maker on a movie showing the beautiful landscapes of southern Utah in a unique way.

They collaborated on the movie. Jonatansson sent his pictures to Durrrant and he composed music to go with the images.

“The score has taken me many hours of hard work to compose. It helped me earn my Master’s degree at the University of Utah,” Durrant said. Durrant d looked at the film and tried to produce music that matched the movement and scenery of each set of pictures he saw.

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