Sabtu, Juni 29, 2013

39th Annual Saturn Awards

Para pemenang Saturn Awards ke-39 telah diumumkan, berikut salah satunya:

Frankenweenie - Danny Elfman

Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Skyfall - Thomas Newman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Howard Shore
The Dark Knight Rises - Hans Zimmer

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Minggu, Juni 23, 2013

Tastemaker: composer Danny Elfman likes it deliciously dark

South China Morning Post mewawancarai Danny Elfman, berikut kutipannya:
Today we are sitting in a cafe inside Hong Kong's Disneyland as the theme park launches its new Mystic Point section, which features a soundtrack Elfman has put together. The Los Angeles native proves an engaging interview, confident and calm but occasionally adding a flourish of emotion.
Before the interview draws to a close, Elfman wants us to know Hong Kong might figure in his future - if all goes to plan. "Some day I would love to work with [comedian, actor and director] Stephen Chow [Sing-chi]. To me Kung Fu Hustle is one of the best movies ever made. I've shown that to a million people," he says.
"I say 'Look what can be done with this much money and a ton of imagination, rather than a ton of money and not that much imagination'. It's the most original film that I have seen in the past 10 or 20 years. It's always been a dream to visit one of his sets. One of these days, if destiny decides, it just might happen."
Elfman takes a breath, a pause for dramatic effect. "Do you hear that, Mr Chow?"
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Sabtu, Juni 22, 2013

'Independence Day 2,' 'Peregrine's Home for Peculiars' Get Release Dates

Situs The Hollywood Reporter memberitakan bahwa Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars akan disutradarai Tim Burton dan dirilis tanggal 31 Juli 2015. Berikut kutipannya:
The film, based on Ransom Riggs' debut novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, will be directed by Tim Burton from a script by X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman.
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Film-film yang musiknya akan dibuat oleh Danny Elfman berikutnya adalah The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld (2013), Big Eyes (2014) dan film ini (31 Juli 2015).


Situs Filmtracks me-review Epic, berikut kutipannya:
Don't be surprised if this score is met with much of the same reaction that greeted Oz the Great and Powerful. Both remain solid, workmanlike scores that lack the distinctive punch of the composer's classics, but you can't really knock any part of these works outside of some possible handling issues with the themes. The brain insists that a score like this one, on the heels of Oz the Great and Powerful, is worthy of a high three-star rating, but a cue with the majesty of "Return" demands that the influences of nostalgia and comfort add a fourth star. Elfman's loyalists are once again served with a reliably entertaining listening experience.
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"Soundtrack Review: Oz The Great And Powerful" Music By Danny Elfman

Situs Examiner me-review soundtrack Oz The Great and Powerful, berikut kutipannya:
The music for "Oz The Great And Powerful" features alot of Elfman's charming and distinctive sounds that he's become snynomous with in films like "Edward Scissorhands", "Batman", "Dolores Claiborne" and "Sommersby" to name a few. The huge orchestrial sounds mixed an enchanting chorus with its' angelic voices with the occasional edge towards darkness.

Walt Disney/Intrada's album is a wonderful recording and in continuing their partnership with Disney, Intrada's top notch production of the album continues with this CD and it's always good to see Elfman's work well taken care of. This score is a good solid album that should be played with "Epic" as a double feature which most fans will enjoy both very much. Thumbs up for its' rich melodic material.
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Jumat, Juni 14, 2013

Danny Elfman on Scoring for a Disney Ride

The Wall Street Journal mewawancarai Danny Elfman soal Mystic Manor, berikut kutipannya:
The Wall Street Journal: Why did you take on this project?
Mr. Elfman: It was my connection with the Haunted Mansion from Disneyland that drew me, because I remember that so well. The chance to pay a bit of homage to that was very exciting to me, because I like the idea of doing something that gets into the subconscious mind of children from many generations, like the Haunted Mansion did for me.
You use different musical styles for the attraction. Why?
It’s more cinematic. That’s where it differs from the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean, where you have more of a single theme on a loop. We approached this more narratively, meaning really like scoring a movie.
Like the room with the Chinese artifacts?
Yeah, and where all the instruments come alive. And then the conclusion—it’s very much synchronized to what you are seeing. For everything in between, we had to create loops that are going to be a little different every time somebody goes through. So it was a great technical challenge.
The Chinese room is the most dramatic, with the monkey king coming to life.
I treated it just like it was a film score at that point…like it was the big conclusion at the end of a movie. That was the thing I didn’t know when we started, that we were going to treat it that way. But that’s the way it evolved, and it just seemed like the right way to go.
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Kamis, Juni 13, 2013

EPIC – Danny Elfman

Movie Music UK me-review soundtrack Epic, berikut kutipannya:
Featuring a large orchestra, chorus and a number of regional specialty instruments, Epic is large-scale, loud, thematic and has several moments of genuine power and beauty. Elfman has always had a knack for capturing a sense of wonder and innocence through his music, and this score continues the trend, going all the way back to the early days of his career, but now we have the added bonus of being able to enjoy Elfman’s more sophisticated and accomplished compositional techniques alongside the heightened emotional content.
Parts of Epic are really superb, especially when the main theme comes into play and the orchestra builds to its largest forces.
This small grumble aside, there are really no other complaints to be made about Epic. Perhaps the main theme could have been a little stronger and more front-and-center, but the lack of a really dominant melody is more than counteracted by the rich and lustrous orchestrations and the overall sense of magic Elfman brings to the rest of his music. Epic most definitely represents Elfman writing firmly in his warmly-hued comfort zone, creating whimsical and wondrous worlds through his enchanting writing, but Elfman’s comfort zone is arguably more comfortable than almost anyone else’s these days, and fans of his world will want to stay there for a while. Happy birthday.
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"Epic" Soundtrack Review Music By Danny Elfman

Examiner me-review soundtrack Epic, berikut ini kutipannya:
This is Elfman's fourth entry into animation after "Meet The Robinsons", "The Corpse Bride" and the aforementioned "Frankenweenie" and this is one of Elfman's solid efforts that follows on the heels of "Oz" in terms of grandness and what is the best part of this score is that quite different than his last few efforts.
The score is a grand huge orchestral score featuring a choir that is epic and dramatic. It is a tour de force of Elfman's more engaging material along with his usual flair for playfulness as almost every Elfman score does and happily so.
Sony's album is a nicely assembled album featuring fifty-one minutes of Elfman's lovely, lush score and it has such as smooth flow that fans will enjoy it as much I did much to my surprise. I have to say that I owe a friend a solid kudos for this one because this was quite a departure for Elfman who is enjoying a musical renaissance over the last year and "Epic" continues that positive trend. Thumbs up to a grand work.
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Danny Elfman

HK Magazine mewawancarai Danny Elfman sehubungan dengan musiknya untuk atraksi di Hong Kong Disneyland, Mystic Manor, berikut kutipannya:

HK Magazine: You can now check off “roller coasters” from your composer’s bucket list. What’s tricky about scoring a ride, as opposed to a film?
Danny Elfman:
Well, I knew that everything was going to have to be timed out in a unique way. In movies, you might have a number of different scenes, but [for the ride] it had to be compressed. There isn’t one car moving people from beginning to end—there are four. That meant that some things could be synchronized exactly to the action, but others couldn’t and would be played on loops through the rooms. It was really quite a puzzle in terms of putting it all together, but that’s what made it fun.

HK: Is this your first time in Hong Kong?
No, this is my third time. I was here two years ago when there was nothing but foundation [at Mystic Manor], and again a month ago working every day in the rooms, mixing and putting together the sounds. That was fun.

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