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BAFTA Film Craft Sessions Talk With the Best in the Industry

BAFTA invited some of the best minds in the film world to our BAFTA HQ in London to discuss their craft and work with an intimate audience. Cinematography Editing Production Design Costume Design VFX Sound Music Hair and Make upRead More

Making of a Film Score

Filmmaker and Anthropologist Niobe Thompson teamed up with Composer Darren Fung to create a magnificent musical score for the upcoming CBC series The Great Human Odyssey. In an era when live-recorded orchestral scores are a dying breed, Thompson and Fung brought the Edmonton Symphony and ProCoro Canada to one of North America’s premiere acoustic spaces: Read MoreRead More

Cool Hunting Video: Mark Mothersbaugh’s Synth Collection

The bright green, circular building of Mutato Muzika in Los Angeles is easy to spot when cruising down Sunset Boulevard. But most people might not realize it contains the creative hub of Mark Mothersbaugh, a founding member of DEVO turned award-winning Hollywood composer. Famous for his use of the synthesizer, Mothersbaugh has accumulated a vast Read MoreRead More

A Conversation with Composer James Horner

David Hocquet recently got a chance to sit down with the legendary composer James Horner (Titanic, Glory, Braveheart, Avatar) for a conversation that would span back on his entire career. The following discussion was held on November 13, 2014. There was no predetermined course of discussion. The various topics were discussed more or less while James Horner Read MoreRead More

Why Interstellar’s Organ Needs to Be So Loud

Hans Zimmer’s score drowns out dialogue and has already broken an Imax theater, but there’s thematic significance in all that noise. BRAAAM. Razor blades against piano keys. “Rrrmph Emphrhgh Drhtghfml”! Over the course of five films, Christopher Nolan’s collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer has produced some of the most iconic sounds and incomprehensible characters in Read MoreRead More

Why we love Repetition in Music

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us Read MoreRead More

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