December 6, 2012 |
Composer Danny Elfman was deep into completing his work on David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" when the director called an audible. Perhaps, the musician remembers Russell telling him, there should be no original music. Elfman said he tried to stay calm. "Maybe we should sit on that thought for a bit," Elfman said he told Russell. If Elfman was frustrated, forgive him, as his time in 2012 was rather limited. "Silver Linings Playbook" is one of six full-length films released this year featuring an Elfman score, and one of three, including "Hitchcock" and "Promised Land," to be in theaters during awards season.
December 5, 2012 |
A film's music is often considered a character itself, and this season the roles composers have to play aren't getting any easier. Talking about love between the emotionally unstable is one thing, but how, for instance, does that sound? Or when a character speaks to God, should God answer back with silence or an orchestra? And what of a period piece that isn't a period piece, or a piece that's six periods at once? Here we offer a look at just a handful of 2012's notable film scores. Mychael Danna It was early September, and Mychael Danna was nearing the end of his eight months of work on "Life of Pi," the composer's third collaboration with director Ang Lee. The 80-piece orchestra assembled at the 20th Century Fox lot was on a break, and Danna, in a rare quiet moment in the studio's harp room, was asked to reflect on his initial conversations with Lee about the film.
July 5, 2012 |
British composer George Fenton, 61, is several decades into a career writing for film, theater and television. His film scores alone cover a great deal of ground, ranging from high-toned period pieces to smart comedies and much in between - "Dangerous Liaisons," "The Fisher King," "The History Boys,""Groundhog Day" and dozens of others. He's been nominated for five Academy Awards, including for the score of "Gandhi" with collaborator Ravi Shankar. Fenton's early days involved acting, including an important part in "Forty Years On," a play by Alan Bennett and some English television.
May 1, 2012 |
Anze Kopitar summed up the incredible dagger of a short-handed goal almost casually — say, one step removed from nonchalant. "It worked out pretty well," Kopitar said Tuesday. This wasn't a garden-variety goal scored by the Kings center in November. It was the goal rattling the psyche of the Blues in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday in St. Louis. These are the sort of opponent-deflating goals that can define a series. The score came with 5:44 left in the opening period to give the Kings a 2-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead against the Blues.
February 24, 2012 |
The first time Hans Zimmer made Pharrell Williams' head spin was in 2005, when the former was composing the score for the Ron Howard blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code. " Williams, half of the lauded hip-hop production duo the Neptunes and a third of the experimental rock group N.E.R.D., had heard through a mutual friend, music-supervisor Kathy Nelson, that he and Zimmer (one of Hollywood's most in-demand composers, with Oscar- and Grammy-winning credits including "The Lion King" and "The Dark Knight")
January 1, 2012 |
Extremely soft and incredibly far away. This was the scene as film composer Alexandre Desplat presided over one of the scoring sessions for the film "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. " The film's premiere was just a month away and Desplat was trying to get the sound of the piano to be even lighter than pianissimo. Cut to: pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, watching and listening to Desplat's direction via a video screen. The French virtuoso had been in Vienna two days before, now he was isolated in a Manhattan recording studio two floors below Desplat and the full orchestra.