Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman’s score tied Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure together—and launched a career

Mike D’Angelo revists the score of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and how the circus-like theme launched Danny Elfman’s career. The first time I saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, during its initial theatrical run in summer 1985, it took less than a minute to grab me. Visually, nothing happens during the film’s first 60 seconds—it’s just a spare opening-credits sequence, white Read MoreRead More

6 Movie Composers on Severed Heads, Stubborn Directors and Feeling ‘Like Frankenstein’

Alexandre Desplat (Argo, Moonrise Kindgom), Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Marco Beltrami, (The Sessions), Patrick Doyle (Brave), Danny Elfman (Tim Burton’s films, Hitchcock, Silver Linings Playbook), Fernando Velazquez (The Impossible) sound off on their professional passions at the Warner Bros. Studio’s Eastwood Scoring Stage. Writing music often is a solitary pursuit, so it was no wonder that when six renowned Read MoreRead More