A Question of Trust
Here is a promotional video from the LSO, featuring composer George Fenton, discussing how great scores are achieved.
Click here to watch the YouTube video. The link will open at the exact timing. (How cool is that!)
Trust that comes from good relationships is important in achieving great scores, as Mr. Fenton explains perfectly.
Trust between a composer and director goes both ways. The composer will be more creative if he feels that the director trusts him, and trust is not just something you say, it is something you show.
But the composer needs to earn and maintain that trust.
However, if you hire a composer, I would suggest that as a director you should come in with an attitude of trust by default. I mean, hopefully you had a good reason to hire him in the first place!
And if things don’t go smoothly at the outset, don’t panic, don’t pull the plug or start micro-managing. It is during rejection that it is the most crucial to show the composer that his contribution is valued, that you trust his ideas, as you both continue on this journey to find the right music for this film.