Missouri State University
Sara Silkwood

Sara Silkwood

EA students use famous actor's music for short film

Filmmaker Sara Silkwood was inspired by the album's narrative qualities. 

Missouri State’s electronic arts program is highly competitive and three students are raising the bar with their senior project.

Sara Silkwood, video studies, Alex Scott, audio studies, and Logan Fritts, audio studies, have acquired the musical rights to songs from Dead Man’s Bones’ self-titled album to use in their short film, “Dead on Time.”

About the music  

Although the band may not ring a bell, its famous members might: actor Ryan Gosling and actor/writer Zach Shields.

Silkwood first heard the album last summer and was inspired by its narrative qualities. And although the trio was working another short film for their senior project, Silkwood convinced them to take a chance on this one instead.

With the help of student screenwriter Jacob Martin, they developed a script to complement Dead Man’s Bones’ lyrics. The drama/thriller will follow Theo, a newly made ghost who comes back to save his wife from dark forces.