Brothers in BRONG: How Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan Make the Boldest Scores in Hollywood

Matt Patches chronicles the history of the director composer relationship between Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan

Composer Hans Zimmer Recieves Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

There wasn’t a movie when Christopher Nolan asked the composer Hans Zimmer to compose the music for Interstellar. Before Nolan could direct his space-time odyssey, he had to hear it. More than that: He had to understand his lines, the dialogue his invisible proxy would bellow as Matthew McConaughey confronted mortality at the farthest reaches of the known universe. Though perceptive audiences have often wondered which Nolan characters are the director’s obvious proxies, it’s Zimmer’s commanding scores that speak his voice, show his hand, and make his case. Interstellar needed a beating heart, and Nolan provoked one out of his musical collaborator.

More than a year before filming, Nolan sent Zimmer a letter. Inside was a typewritten note, a melancholy fable about a father and his son. Nolan’s request: Spend 24 hours reacting to the story with music. “I have a son, so Chris knew how to push the right buttons,” Zimmer says of the mysterious preproduction experiment. Zimmer wrote what he describes as “an intimate, musical love letter to my son.” He finished around nine o’clock and rang his director to see if he could send over the composition. Nolan declined. He preferred to drive over and hear it in person.

“He sat on my couch and I played him the piece,” Zimmer says. “He paused for a second and said, ‘I better make the movie now.’”

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Girls on Film: 4 female filmmakers who pioneered horror movies

Despite popular misconceptions, women have been on the cutting edge of the genre since its earliest days

Girls Horror

If you’re looking for a good new horror movie, there are plenty of directors whose works fit the bill. Leigh Janiak kicked things off last month with a limited release of her film Honeymoon. “Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska debuted their latest feature, See No Evil 2, on DVD last week. Sundance selection A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — cinema’s “first Iranian vampire western,” directed by Ana Lily Amirpour — is hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 21. Jennifer Kent’s critical smash The Babadook, which won Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, and Feature at the festival, will hit screens on Nov. 28.

These female-directed films have been framed as work that challenges the “status quo.” But it’s misguided to frame women’s contributions to horror as something unusual. It ignores the fact that most of these women have made horror films before, and that they are just the latest generation working in a genre that has always included influential women.

Indeed, one of cinema’s most rampant fallacies is the idea that women and horror don’t mix.

Movies like Twilight have led critics to note the power of YA fandom — but not how much it has continued a long tradition of girls’ interests in horror. Before Stephenie Meyer, there was L.J. Smith, and before her, Lois Duncan. YA offers bridges to women like Anne Rice, one of the most iconic names in horror lit, and V.C. Andrews, whose Flowers in the Attic was so popular that a ghostwriter was hired to continue her legacy after her death.

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Dan Gilroy Director/Writer of Nightcrawler – DP/30

His familiar work as a screenwriter goes all the way back to Freejack in 1992. More recently, Reel Steel and The Bourne Legacy. But now he’s put on the writer/director hat with the remarkable Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a true creature of darkness, created by business as usual in L.A. Gilroy spoke to David Poland about the film and the soul.



How to Build a Fictional World – TED-Ed

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.


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