Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.
Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.
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.
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.
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.
How does my music connect to an audience? That is just a complete mystery to me.
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.
Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own, which is not to say that the instrumentation is always unique, but that the relationship between the sound and the image is unique.
Connection is what one is after in probably most media, but certainly in film, which is an immersive medium.
I think being a little nuts is helpful.
Conducting, I tried it once off the cuff, and quickly realized there were subtle aspects that I was missing. There is a lot more to it that I was able to grasp simply by watching conductors.
Los Angeles is an industry town, and it has great facilities and personnel. The disadvantage is that everyone there seems to talk about the same subject matter.
There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.
If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out. It's just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.
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