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 think I've only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.
If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
I like business and personal life to be distinct.
I don't personally see my work as being dark. What interests me is a balance between light and dark.
I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people.
John Barry was my hero when I was about 13. His scores to the James Bond movies were the scores of my life back then.
Any film which views the darker side of life, which is death with a sense of humor, is very much to my taste.
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 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.
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.
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 don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
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.
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.
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