Video Interview: Sherlock Holmes' Composer Hans Zimmer
by Alex Billington
January 19, 2010
Last week I had the honor of interviewing the one-and-only Hans Zimmer at his amazing studio in Santa Monica. This isn't the first time I've talked to one of my all-time favorite composers - I talked with Zimmer and James Newton Howard for The Dark Knight in 2008. This time the focus was supposed to be Sherlock Holmes, but because I'm such a huge fan of almost all of his work, we talked about everything from how he develops his scores to how he continues to remain original. His answers are fascinating and insightful. And of course, we talked about Chris Nolan's next film, Inception, which he's working on as we speak. Enjoy!
Watch the interview with composer Hans Zimmer:
This interview was shot using my Flip Mino camera, so apologies for the audio being a bit soft. Zimmer is, hands down, one of my favorite composers, from Gladiator to The Rock to The Last Samurai to Pirates of the Caribbean to Angels & Demons to, of course, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. When I first talked to him in '08, I was given less than 5 minutes, but because he always has so much to say, I'm so glad that I got nearly 25 minutes with him this time. I hope you've enjoyed this interview with Hans Zimmer and I hope this has made you even more excited to hear his score for Inception! Stay tuned for more interviews.
If you enjoyed this interview, I'm considering putting together a series of interviews with other composers like Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, Alexandre Desplat. Let me know if this is something you'd like, as I love talking to composers, they always have so much to say!