Film has the potential of allowing me to explore my own ideas, which I find very attractive.
I don't really have a preferred genre. It's more up to the individual project itself and if I feel compelled by it.
I had come from an orchestral background, but I didn't really have any orchestral pieces for film.
I have to admit that I really don't care for horror movies all that much. I think mainly just because I'm a cheap scare.
I sort of enjoy being able to hear what other composers are doing and how they might score something differently than me. I enjoy that part.
I think of each movie as a puzzle. The fun is in solving the puzzle: finding a musical identity for the picture, however that can be summed up.
I think the only thing that I really haven't done much in, and I haven't felt too attracted to, is romantic comedies.
If it's a real bad score, then it can ruin a movie for me, or, at least, it will draw a lot of my attention to the score.
Robert Townson at Varese is a huge fan of film music and has really done a lot to educate audiences about film music and scores.
'Snowpiercer' is a little bit more experimental, I think, and crafted for a slightly different audience. 'The Giver' is more about teen angst.
'The Homesman' is a really interesting movie that Tommy Lee Jones directed.
'The Homesman' is my third collaboration with Tommy Lee Jones as director, and each time, I am aware of how fortunate I am.
To me, music is music, and it's not limited by the medium; it just encompasses everything.
When I think of Morricone, more than his using a specific instrument or a specific sound, it's his way of approaching music that sticks out.
I am inspired just by the way a scene can be interpreted by the actors. It can make a huge difference on the type of music that you write. It's best for me if I don't work at all on a project until the movie is shot and I have some sort of edit in front of me.
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