I started work on a new feature film last week and started blogging about it. What I want to talk about here is how the director, Derek Franson, has managed to already have me motivated, inspired and feeling like I will be contributing to the film. I will quote below from my personal blog.
…he is approaching the score for this film as something integral to the story telling, not as mere sonic wallpaper.
He is also very smart in his approach to dealing with me as a composer, providing a careful balance between guidance and freedom in order to create a fertile creative environment
Guidance is important because without goals you cannot aim, and freedom is also needed in order to find a unique voice to the film and allow me to take ownership of the score by putting myself into it. Because if I am just imitating and not being creative, then, whatâ€™s the point?
And also, Derek will also avoid the dreaded temp track! The plan is to develop the sound and concept of the score along with the edit and effects.
So directors, take note: this is how you get your composers!
I am so psyched to work on this, I am convinced we will end up with a score of substance that will benefit the film greatly and that I will be very proud of.