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memories of vienna

I worked on a film and they required me to sign a clause that stipulated I could not say anything negative about them – ever. This became weirder by the time I grasped they were absolute assholes. I needed the money, I needed the job but I also need my dignity and it took the fall.

Two lawyers later, I decided I won’t do that again and addressed it in subsequent jobs. If you have a clause like that get someone else, I’m the wrong guy and the weirdest part is it’s not a problem. The issue has absolutely nothing to do with whether someone is the right composer for  the movie it has everything to do with out of control power and insecurity. [released]

What a pleasure to work with people (Garrett and Dan) and let them interpret however they saw fit.

Too many times I’ve been called in to be the artist I am only to find out I’m requested to be the artist I am as if the person hiring me is me. Not the same thing. I deal with it, I smile, I try to be helpful but it isn’t the same as taking the risk trusting someone you hired to do what they do whether or not it makes sense to you. That’s the gamble that nobody wants to take with a few exceptions. Without those exceptions we wouldn’t have the best artists.

that’s my lecture thank you very much

meeting of the creatives

(1st mtg)
director: so glad to meet you and let me say this – i love your music.
composer: thanks nice to meet you too.
director: i have all your records. i would love to have you do the music for this film.
composer: wow.
director: want you to do whatever naturally comes to you.
composer: seriously?
director: it needs a certain type of musician.
composer: i have some ideas.
director: can’t wait, you da man.
(next mtg)
composer: what did you think of the music i sent in yesterday?
director: we need to talk.
composer: sure.
director : here’s the thing, I don’t think this direction you are going in is right for this particular film in this particular instance.
composer: at this particular time.
director: exactly!
composer: forget the classical stuff.
director: forget the bassoon or oboe whatever that was
composer: I can try other things. no sweat.
director: you know I really like what you do.
composer: you have all my records.
director: you da man.
composer: hi.
director: we need to talk.
composer: ok.
director: how is it coming?
composer: pretty good i’ll have something for you to hear by the end of tomorrow.
director: awesome. do you think you could listen to this (hands him radiohead cd).
composer: you want something that sounds like this instead?
director: (proudly) i want something that sounds like you sounding like this!
composer: i’ll try but you know it isn’t what i do or what i hear in this film.
director: here’s the thing when we made a rough cut we used this and we love with it.
composer: so why didn’t you use that?
director: do you know how much that costs?!
composer: too much.
director: you da man.
director: have you seen this on youtube? can you sound like that too? isn’t it awesome?
composer: it’s a drum machine and a choir from estonia not really like radiohead or me but if you want-
director: i want!
composer: ok
director: you da man.
composer: did you check out the new music?
director: (smirking) we got it.
composer: you liked it?
director: my daughter saw the first thing you did and she and her boyfriend loved it and when i played them the radiohead estonian choir drum machine thing they said it wasn’t as good as the first thing. was that a bassoon or oboe i fucking love it.
composer: your the man.