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What’s it like working with Christopher Nolan?


Working with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar

As “Interstellar” is sitting very comfortably atop most of the box office charts at the moment (November 2014), I couldn’t help being interested in reading a Quora piece on working with Christopher Nolan. The reply came from none other than Hans Zimmer (photo), the famous soundtrack composer.

Composer Hans ZimmerChris … doesn’t, in any way, get in the way of my imagination. In fact, he works very hard at not having me confined by the mechanics of film-making. So, our process is usually starting long conversations – just riffing on ideas. Then slowly I start writing and experimenting, coming up with sounds, etc., all the while keeping in constant conversation with Chris.

What is perhaps even more fascinating is the way Zimmer got involved in “Interstellar” in the first place. From a separate question: Continue reading What’s it like working with Christopher Nolan?

Head of ASCAP to address MIDEM about the future of licensing

Paul Williams to debate music licensing

Paul Williams music licensing
Paul Williams: “work together to value music “

The President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Paul Williams, will deliver a keynote interview at next year’s Midem in June 2015.

Williams is know to the broader public as a composer and actor, having written numerous hits for artists as diverse as Elvis Presley and Kermit the Frog. Continue reading Head of ASCAP to address MIDEM about the future of licensing

Ghent film festival announces major film music seminar

Composers Bruno Coulais and Philippe Sarde to host film music seminar

Soundtrack composer Philippe Sarde
Soundtrack composer Philippe Sarde

Film Fest Gent has announced a major film music seminar on Friday the 24th of October.  This year’s theme is  ‘French cinema’. Surrealism, Nouvelle Vague, Besson’s Cinema-du-look, poetic realism… What is it that makes French cinema and its film music so unique? Continue reading Ghent film festival announces major film music seminar

Pitch music at the Berlin Music Week 2014

Milena Fessman (Cinesong)
Milena Fessman (Cinesong)

URGENT Narip will be bringing their highly-rated music supervisor sessions to the Berlin Music Week on September 4, 2014. The idea is to give composers, publishers and labels a chance to pitch music to  supervisors that are currently working on projects. The limited enrollment of 16 people per session guarantees that they meet and get face-time with the guest music supervisors.

Registrants get a brief of the guest supervisor’s CURRENT music needs, a chance to pitch plus immediate feedback at each session, taking the mystery out of why a piece of music does or doesn’t fit. On-the-spot feedback can help registrants to re-work tracks and perhaps get them licensed – or at the very least brings them valuable market knowledge.

Two events are planned this year:

  • a session with Cinesong’s Milena Fessman (photo) who has worked with Win Wenders and s currently producing a documentary on Conny Planck.
  • a session with White Horse Music’s Gerrit Winterstein

Attendance is free for Berlin Music Week attendants but you must sign up by August 26, 2014. So click through right now.

Details on the Narip site or the Berlin Music Week.


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Francis Lai to receive lifetime award at soundtrack event

The king of chabada, Francis Lai
The king of chabada, Francis Lai

Frenchman Francis Lai, the cult soundtrack composer who gave a distinctive feel to films such as Claude Lelouch’s “A Man and a Woman/Un homme et une femme”), “Bilitis and “Love Story” will receive a lifetime award at the upcoming World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium in October 2014. Continue reading Francis Lai to receive lifetime award at soundtrack event

Cliff Martinez to host concert at World Soundtrack Awards

Cliff Martinez InterView (LakeShore) from APLUSFILMZ on Vimeo.

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez will be featured at a special concert during the World Soundtrack Awards, held during the Ghent Film Festival October 25, 2014. The concert will focus on his long-standing collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh, for whom he composed on “Sex, Lies and Videotape”, “Traffic”, “Kafka”, “Contagion”, “The Limey” and “Solaris”.

UPDATE: scroll down to download his album with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. Continue reading Cliff Martinez to host concert at World Soundtrack Awards

Composer Alexandre Desplat to head Golden Lion jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival

Alexandre Desplat, head of Venice jury
Alexandre Desplat Photo: Georges Biard

Alexandre Desplat, the French film composer whose credits include The King’s Speech, Godzilla and Argo, has been named president of the International Jury for the Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 to Sept 6). This is the first time a film composer has been chosen to chair Venice’s Competition jury.   Continue reading Composer Alexandre Desplat to head Golden Lion jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival

Pitch music for leading movie trailers

Music supervisor Natalie Baartz
Music supervisor Natalie Baartz

Natalie Baartz, Music Director for the L.A. company Ignition Creative, will be receiving pitches at a special session in London on May 9, 2014. Baartz commissions, licenses and places music for global movie trailer campaigns for the world’s biggest blockbusters and independent films.

As manager of the music supervision department, Baartz is in charge of the music for all projects, servicing the needs for 7 producers and 25 editors. As well as pitching a huge range of commercial artists, she works closely with composers to do custom scores and produce original covers. Continue reading Pitch music for leading movie trailers

Music supervisor of Breaking Bad spills the beans

The TV series “Breaking Bad” is known for its inspired music supervision. Its US music supervisor Thomas Golubic – who also handled the soundtracks for the shows “Six Feet Under”, “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead” – was recently interviewed by the trade magazine Music Week editor Tim Ingham at AIM’s recent Sync Conference in London.

Golubic goes into the details of his work – in particular his role as a middle-man between labels/publishers attempting to push up the music fees and the TV studios trying to bring down overall costs.

Sync session at Midem 2014

Midem sessionThis year’s Midem trade fair will again feature opportunities for syncing music. Sync Sessions offers visitors the opportunity to play tracks in front of music supervisors from global advertising agencies, videogame publishers, TV networks and more, who are looking for music to place in their projects. Note that the songs must be submitted in advance. Chosen tracks are then commented on live, which provides useful information about how supervisors listen to music. Continue reading Sync session at Midem 2014