Video interview of the panel of the roundtable “Meet the Experts” Film Composers
In what ways can good film music elicit a certain emotional response in a film? What film scores did you admire the most when you started out as a composer? Here are some of the secrets revealed by four of today’s top film composers when they joined Gold Derby’s special “Meet the Experts” Q&A event with the 2022/2023 awards nominees: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (“Living”), Mychael Danna (“Where the Crawdads sing”), Danny Elfman (“White noise“) and Hildur Guðnadottir (“women who talk”). Watch our fascinating full-group panel discussion sign above and click on each name above to see each candidate’s individual interview.
“The best way to evoke a feeling in the audience is to try to understand and feel that emotion yourself when you write,” says Levienaise-Farrouch about the secret to evoking emotion through film music. “One of the talents we have as musicians is to express things without words. Once you feel that emotion, you can express it through music and hopefully the audience will connect that emotion that you felt when you wrote it,” she says. “The collaboration between the mind and the heart or whatever is deeper in the source of life in all of us, that’s probably where the real music comes from,” Danna believes. “But then we have our minds to help organize and shape it,” he adds. “My feeling is that the only rule about what is emotional is that there are absolutely no rules. It depends on the world you live in,” Elfman says. “That’s where you start,” Guðnadóttir agrees “What’s the story? Where is it happening? What is happening? What is the general mood of the story? And then I think you have to realize where does the music live in this story?
Levienaise-Farrouch’s background as an acclaimed pianist helped her transition into acting, where her career has included the films ‘Tiger Orange’, ‘Only You’, ‘Rocks’, ‘The Forgotten Battle’ and “Censor”.
Danna, meanwhile, is a veteran film scorer, having won an Oscar for ‘Life of Pi’ and an Emmy for ‘World Without End’, and receiving Emmy nominations for ‘Camelot’, ‘Tyrant’. “The Last Tycoon,” “Alias Grace,” and “Return to Space,” and his other movies include “Capote,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Moneyball,” and “The Addams Family.”
Elfman is a four-time Oscar nominee for “Good Will Hunting,” “Men in Black,” “Big Fish,” and “Milk.” He won Emmys for “Desperate Housewives” and “Live from Lincoln Center” as well as a nomination for “The Simpsons.” Other projects have included “Batman”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and “Spider-Man”.
Guðnadóttir is an Oscar winner for ‘Joker’, an Emmy winner for ‘Chernobyl’ and a three-time Emmy nominee for ‘Penny Dreadful’. Other projects have included “Mary Magdalene”, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”, and “TAR”.
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