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.
If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
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.
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.
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.
How does my music connect to an audience? That is just a complete mystery to me.
I have always loved Scottish music - all sorts of Celtic, Gaelic music.
I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people.
I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards.
I write music to please myself. Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
Connection is what one is after in probably most media, but certainly in film, which is an immersive medium.
Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director, producer, and studio. But that would be a life not worth living.
I dont find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.
I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
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.
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.
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.
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