Watch: Short Doc Takes a Look at Composing Movie Trailer Music

March 20, 2013
Source: SlashFilm

Movie Trailer Music

While you may not know Yoav Goren by name, you've undoubtedly heard his work as a composer through his company Immediate Music, which he owns with Jeffrey Fayman. Still not ringing a bell? If you've seen the trailers for films like The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Dark Knight Rises and countless more, It's Goren and Fayman's music that makes them feel that much more epic as they compose custom and licensed tracks to help bring movies to life before they're even finished. Now SoundWorks Collection (via SlashFilm) has put together a cool documentary short on the composition of trailer music. Watch it below!

Here's the SoundWorks Collection short doc on Yoav Goren and Immediate Music, found via SlashFilm:

The SoundWorks Collection talks with Composer Yoav Goren in his Santa Monica studio to explore the exciting and creative process of epic trailer music composing and producing. From his first trailer score for Universal Pictures Carlito’s Way in 1993 to recent high profile campaigns for films such as After Earth, Oblivion, Iron Man 3, Cloud Atlas, Argo and more. Goren and Immediate Music continue to provide cutting edge music to all major motion picture studios through both custom scoring and the acclaimed Immediate Music production library and they're the most utilized movie trailer composers. Good stuff?

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Awesome post. Loved the part when they played different parts of "Destiny of the Chosen" and then played the full, finished track. I'm a fan of this type of music.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 20, 2013


I never knew trailers had their own separate composing from the film. Very informative doc, I enjoyed it very much.

Akwasi Asabere on Mar 20, 2013


Composing? Don't they just use a dubstep or Jay Z track these days?

guest@gmail.com on Mar 20, 2013


Hackneyed chord progressions, cookie cutter staccato strings, and unoriginal, thoughtless overall composition - all reasons why many hate Hollywood these days. In general, this half-assed music is the culprit for leaving audiences with this 'I have seen this before' feeling that we associate with blockbusters. Simply put, obvious lack of effort and creativity in regards to sonic entertainment is particularly off putting.

Donald Klos on Mar 20, 2013


have to admit that i did like some of the music in the doc, but i agree with your comment on the 'seen this before' syndrome. i think the most telling quote was when Goren said: 'trailer music really needs to be… an audio branding for the film. whether it's accurate or not has no bearing on it, you have to serve the marketing arc of that film, so it's really with your eye to the commercial side of it, bringing in your sensibilities… to serve that purpose.' so in other words, who cares about the director or screenwriter's vision, it's all about the opening weekend. not surprising, but still depressing.

son_et_lumiere on Mar 25, 2013


haha i love when people compare Hans Zimmer to John Williams

b-rad on Apr 25, 2013


I was introduced to this world when I search for the version of Lux Aterna (Requien for a dream) arrange on a full orchestra for the Trailer of The two towers, the song is amazing is called Requiem for a Tower, and it has is own record and has been use in many features since the second part of The Lord of the rings. Check it on YouTube.

Juan Manuel Guajardo Suarez on Mar 21, 2013


HELLYEAH!! I would LOVE to be a trailer editor that would be awesome!

RobotProphet on Apr 30, 2013

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