Sabtu, April 30, 2011

The 2011 Top Forty Composer

Scott Bettencourt merilis daftar tahunannya, berikut ini top 10-nya:

1. Hans Zimmer
2. Danny Elfman
3. Michael Giacchino
4. Alexandre Desplat
5. John Powell
6. James Newton Howard
7. James Horner
8. John Williams
9. Thomas Newman
10. Carter Burwell

Berikut kutipannya:

As fans of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton eagerly await the release of Warner Bros. Records' 15-disc "Music Box" compilation of their quarter-century collaboration (complete with DVD, book and working zoetrope), it might be a good time to ponder the enigma of their latest collaboration, the 3D film version of Alice in Wonderland (which might more accurately be termed Alice Through the Studio Development System), which is simultaneously one of the director's least respected films and his greatest box-office success. As always with Burton, the film's visuals were outstanding, winning Oscars for Art Direction and Costume Design, and Elfman's "Alice" theme was one of the most memorable movie melodies of the year. Many film music fans were distressed to learn that Elfman's score for the lavish Wolfman remake was to be rejected in favor of a new score by Paul Haslinger, but ultimately Elfman's score won out, and his brooding music was a fitting accompaniment for the gorgeously mounted but ultimately disappointing monster movie. Elfman took the assignment of scoring Paul Haggis's jailbreak thriller The Next Three Days after Haggis had a falling out with his usual composer, Mark Isham, and Elfman's edgy score was in a different sonic world than the orchestral Alice and Wolfman, but the film was a boxoffice disappointment. Upcoming are two typically varied projects, the futuristic drama Real Steel, an expansion of the classic Twilight Zone episode "Steel," and Gus Van Sant's youthful romance Restless.
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2010 Goldspirits Award

Danny Elfman mendapatkan Goldspirits Award untuk lagunya "Alice" dari Alice in Wonderland di kategori Best Original Song. Berikut kutipannya:

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)

John Powell

La herencia Valdemar (Arnau Bataller)

The Ghost Writer (Alexandre Desplat)

Iron Man 2 (John Debney)

Leap Year (Randy Edelman)

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)

Inception (Hans Zimmer)

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Movie Music UK Awards 2010

Bulan lalu situs Movie Music UK mengumumkan para pemenang awards-nya. Danny Elfman mendapat nominasi untuk Composer of the Year dan Best Score - Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror untuk Alice in Wonderland. Berikut kutipannya:

Danny Elfman had a great year too, writing a lively and appealing score for Tim Burton’s re-imagining of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, channeling Wojciech Kilar for the ill-fated horror remake THE WOLFMAN, and adding an emotional core to the powerful Russell Crowe action-drama THE NEXT THREE DAYS.

Rounding out the top five is Danny Elfman’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which had an absolutely wonderful main theme that recalls the best Elfman work from the 1980s, superbly magical lyrics, and a great deal of powerful and potent action music in the score itself

Berikut beberapa kategorinya:

JOHN POWELL for How To Train Your Dragon

DAFT PUNK for Tron: Legacy
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT for Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part I
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT for The King’s Speech
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD for The Last Airbender



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Situs Fangoria bulan lalu mem-publish artikel mengenai film Do Not Disturb, berikut kutipannya:

DO NOT DISTURB was the brainchild of Mali Elfman, who produced the movie with Maureen Flannigan (and is the daughter of composer Danny Elfman, who scored it along with Mike Einziger and Oliver Hecks). Each of the quintet of filmmakers was given a brief synopsis, eight rules to follow and just one day on set during which to shoot their contribution, and the results range from actor Eric Balfour’s dark drama “Duccio’s Madonna” to Petro Papahadjopoulos’ science-fiction opus “Rocketman” to Laura Henry’s teen romance “Prom” to Jon Mann-Krieger’s noir thriller “Intrinsic” to Brandon Nichols’ spooky entry “Death Takes a Holiday Inn” (pictured below), in which a maid (Diva Zappa) has a ghostly mess to clean up. Mali Elfman and Jason Alan Smith also appear in this story.

DO NOT DISTURB is being distributed by Gravitas Ventures and will be available May 1 via VOD, iTunes, Amazon VOD, Blockbuster, Cinema Now and numerous other services.

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Sabtu, April 02, 2011

Things That Go Boom In The Night

Film Music Magazine mewawancarai Ron Aston, berikut kutipannya:

I know you were working on one of Danny Elfman’s projects recently and he is one of the most ‘A’ level of ‘A’ level composers so I would assume he can get a fair amount of time.
He probably could, but the funny thing is, it doesn’t always happen as you would think. I worked on his “The Wolfman” score that he did for Universal and that was an interesting, as well as technically challenging project for me. Danny had already completed the score when it was decided that it needed more ‘energy’. I wasn’t involved with the movie at this point so I’m only repeating what was told to me by others who were involved at the time.

It was decided that a new, more contemporary sounding score should be done by a different composer, keeping in mind that Danny gave them exactly what they asked for. But then they (Universal) thought the new composer’s score might’ve gone too far the other way, and about 8 music editors later, a music editor that I know named Jay Duerr became involved and suggested they they use Danny’s original score and maybe add some additional percussion to it. He presented a temp to the producers that he put together using Danny’s cues, but Jay added some temp percussion and low drum elements of his own, just to get the idea across and that was enough for them to say “OK, well let’s try that.”

At that point I was brought in to add some active drum-percussion programming with an emphasis on big low drums. I also added a number of eerie FX here and there, as well as some sound design in a few spots. As I mentioned earlier, Danny did exactly what they wanted him to do in the beginning. Then they changed their minds and it went through a lot of evolutions. I should also mention that at the time I was brought in, Conrad Pope was also brought in to write new compositional material to bridge together the cues where basically the music editor took bits and pieces of Danny’s score and reworked new cues to accommodate more recent picture changes, whether the music was written for these scene or not. Jay did as he saw fit and Universal was happy with the final product which included additional music by Conrad Pope as well. Conrad, Jay Duerr and myself worked as a team. We spotted a lot of the movie together and I added my elements where they felt that they were needed throughout the score.

Because most of the final score was created from editing together various parts of Danny’s original score, the most challenging part of this project was that there was written music for me, no tempos, no meter maps, no anything so what I had to do first was take the picture and guide tracks that I requested and create a Pro Tools session for each reel. I normally try and get picture and guides if possible because I find it very helpful to actually see what’s happening on the screen as I come up with my sounds and parts. This was particularly a technical challenge because I had to go through and create tempo and meter maps, beat by beat in Pro Tools for each cue of the live orchestra tracks and it really got challenging where there were tempo changes. Not to mention that there were a lot of mixed meters as well. After that process was done, I just went through each reel and did my programming, cue by cue.

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Danny Elfman to compose music for HKDL's Mystic Point & Mystic Manor

Ada banyak situs yang melaporkan mengenai musik Mystic Manor dibuat oleh Danny Elfman, tapi kelihatannya forum Discussion Kingdom yang pertama, berikut kutipannya:

Three-time Academy-Award nominee Danny Elfman will be composing the music for the upcoming land Mystic Point at Hong Kong Disneyland. He'll also be composing the music for Hong Kong Disneyland's version of Haunted Mansion called "Mystic Manor". He claims he wants to keep the same type of feeling from other Haunted Mansions, but it'll be very different musically. He also claims that it's a great honor to be apart of something like this.

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