Category Archives: Composing

tiff

At a TIFF premiere, Q & A with director and I got the last question. I asked what his process was like with the composer.
 
He answered the composer was a big shot who he didn’t anticipate being able to work with but surprisingly the composer approached him. They tried some cues blah blah blah basically he said it was fantastic to watch the composer develop the score. No fights. No dilemmas. Didn’t have anything to say that was critical.
 
Then everyone claps, says goodnight, as I made my way out, taking the long way, I noticed by the elevators the director was still talking to fans and so I approached and reminded him I was the last question and had one more question – was it really so easy for them to work together? He said no it wasn’t but I’m not going to say that out loud in a Q & A.
 
What’s the point of the Q&A? It doesn’t mean you have to insult someone if you had disagreements, it’s just a way for us to gain insight. So that was the insight, that he’s chicken.

fans

When I asked the guy in the long rush hour line about whether the express bus would arrive soon it was clear he couldn’t speak much English. He’s visiting from Mexico doing research at the Osgoode Library (I can’t help talking to strangers) and soon though we couldn’t communicate much we found out the love of Nina Rota was common between us. That’s all I need to know. When later a seat opened up I had to insist it’s he take it.

being fired

Being fired is a total shock. In 30 years it happened twice and I didn’t see it coming. It was in a way good but painful. Makes you think lots about what happened or what didn’t happen. Both times when I viewed how the pictures were completed by my replacements I didn’t hear something I couldn’t have done. Both times the final music reflected different direction than the previous style requested of me. There isn’t a simple answer about how things work or don’t work, it’s about how people talk and relate. I try to hedge my bet by making more choices than too few.

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I’ve also had to end sessions occasionally because the person I hired couldn’t execute what I wanted. One time I hurt someone’s feelings but I was paying for studio time and had to call it. It didn’t sound in tune and there was no software to try altering the problem back then. I offered to pay them anyway and they ripped the money up threw it on the ground.