Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.
I'm one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline. I might not sleep for many days on end, it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps.
Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.
I like business and personal life to be distinct.
Any film which views the darker side of life, which is death with a sense of humor, is very much to my taste.
If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
I think I've only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.
I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards.
I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people.
I have always loved Scottish music - all sorts of Celtic, Gaelic music.
I write music to please myself. Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
If someone suddenly lost their director the day before shooting and wanted me to step in, I'd be willing to. But I'd do brain surgery the same way. I'm always up for something new.
John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.
The jarring change going from an urban environment to an extremely remote natural environment is extremely inspiring. It's constantly stimulating, it's like a slap in the face.
When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us, we have tragedy.
I almost never try to make the audience comfortable. I wouldn't want that if I were in the audience.
I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
I would like to do a science fiction film some day. Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre, which at one time offered great musical opportunities.
In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out. It's just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.
I just love the sheer mess of New York.
A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.
Big Sur is at the end of the continent. It attracts really crazy people.
I dont find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.
Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director, producer, and studio. But that would be a life not worth living.
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