Kickstart This: 'SCORE: A Film Music Documentary' About Composing
by Alex Billington
February 16, 2015
Do you love film scores? Do you love listening to soundtracks all day? Is John Williams or Ennio Morricone or Danny Elfman or Hans Zimmer your favorite musician? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is a documentary for you. Longtime readers will know that I am a huge fan of scores myself, and I love discovering new work and enjoying old favorites. There's a brand new documentary called SCORE: A Film Music Documentary that just launched a Kickstarter page to get the final bit of funding it needs to finish up. We've been pitched on this one via email as well, and it honestly sounds like the kind of doc that we'll be excited to see once they're ready to premiere it. Until then, it needs our (financial) support to be completed.
The logline briefly explains the doc's focus: "Hollywood's premier composers take viewers inside the world's most-recognized music genre: the film score." I asked executive producer Matt Schrader about the film via e-mail, and he told me, "we set out to make something that would be similar in style to 20 Feet From Stardom. Content-wise, there's no question we have some powerful stuff now, but there's a lot of ground to cover in the next few months to reach the full potential." I am not entirely sure how this will turn out, but considering the line-up of composers listed, I can't deny I'm very interested, even if it is just an inside look.
Here's the Kickstarter video for the documentary providing a brief introduction - click here for more info.
As explained on Kickstarter: "Taking a peek at how composers developed some of the most iconic scores in history, SCORE follows the creative struggles of designing a modern soundtrack from scratch, interviewing some of cinema’s most recognized names in film music." Some of the composers they've listed who have contributed to the film include: Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, John Powell, John Debney, Marco Beltrami, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, David Newman, Henry Jackman, Patrick Doyle, Giorgio Moroder, Christopher Young, Deborah Lurie and Antonio Sanchez (who composed the incredible percussion score for Birdman). Quite a line-up, and more may be joining as well.
As a lover of film scores of all sizes, not to mention soundtracks (see Jeremy's Best Soundtracks/Scores of 2014), I'm intrigued to see how this documentary turns out. If it is just an inside look at the process, the work, the technique and the challenges of composing scores for movies, I'll still be quite excited to see it. I've spent some time with composers in the past (interviews with Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer), and they are endlessly fascinating people, with a very deep understanding of the connection between music and emotion. We'll be following this project closely up until release, but in the meantime help them out over on Kickstarter. While we're at it - let us know who your favorite composers are? + Your favorite scores?