Due March 8 (by 11:59 pm) – Read and engage in all materials for chapter 4 and listen to at least one of the interviews with a featured film composer in this chapter. Address the following questions and post in the response section (or email or message me your feedback):
- What are your thoughts on the Blind Film Critic Jay Forry after exploring his interviews & life? What life lesson can you gain from him?
- What is most fascinating to you about the use of sound, silence and music based on the lesson? Explain how that will assist you in evaluation of cinema.
- What did you find interesting or new about “The Musical?”
4. Address the following questions after listening to one of our featured composer interviews and respond at the bottom of this post:
A. Address which interview you listened to.
B. Name at least 2 films from the composer.
C. What did you learn about film composing from this individual, or what fascinated you about the filmmaker’s approach to composing (either in general or for a specific film)?
The above interview is with multi award-winning composer Justin Hurwitz. Dialogue includes insight into Justin’s musical heritage & his sonic journey through Whiplash, LaLa Land & First Man.
John Ottman (above) is an Oscar-winning editor and composer for several X-Men films and the Freddy Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The first 15 minutes of the above interview is with Junkie XL, composer for Mad Max: Fury Road and Justice League
The above interview is with Oscar-winner Steven Price. Price has been connected to greats like Hans Zimmer and Trevor Jones, and with work on such films as “Lord of the Rings” and “Batman Begins.” He was also involved in original music for “Baby Driver” and “American Assassin.”
The above interview is with composer Ryan Amon from the film Elysium
Long-time film composer Mark Isham (above) shares his view of music and cinema.
Film composer Mark McKenzie (above) has worked with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Danny Elfman. His compositions have been featured at the Olympics and the Oscars. His influences have been heard on Dances with Wolves, Good Will Hunting, Sleepless in Seattle and more. On this episode of Cinemascene, McKenzie talks with Noel T. Manning II about his life, his passion for music and his film “The Ultimate Life.”
**Listen to one of these and share your thoughts below.**