SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY Review
There are few things I am more passionate about than film music, and ‘Score’ is a soundtrack fan’s dream. This new documentary has been supported by people around the world (including myself) and truly represents how much diligence and passion into creating the emotional backbone for the movies we love. Beyond that though, ‘Score’ is a skillfully produced and delivered documentary that will make anyone feel more deeply about this shamefully overlooked genre.
Comprehensive doesn’t begin to describe the scope of this documentary. They talk about every aspect of film music. As soon as you start thinking that there is no more material they need to cover, you are learning about a whole new part of this process. They delve into the history and progression of this medium. They cover the composing process and working with the orchestra, mixers, and orchestrator in recording the music. We learn about scoring sessions, matching the music to the picture, and working with directors. Themes, composition techniques, and other practices of composers are covered. Obviously, there is still plenty more to learn about this ever expanding field, but Score is a terrific resource to jump start a fascination with the genre.
Of course, the movie is filled with some of the best music from the history of cinema. While watching, the filmmakers constantly remind you of scenes where the music truly drove the emotion. But we also see the contrast of scenes where the music is more subtle, yet still important.
The movie includes insightful interviews from dozens of the industry’s best. All throughout these segments mentioned we hear from composers such as Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman,
Joe Kraemer, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat, Steve Jablonsky, Brian Tyler, John Powell, Bear McCreary, and so many more. It would be a challenge for a casual fan to try to name a modern film composer who is not involved (besides John Williams and Michael Giacchino). In addition, there are interviews with other professionals involved in film including James Cameron, Garry Marshall,
Leonard Maltin, and Jon Burlingame. All of these people share their expertise about the use of music throughout the history of film. It was also wonderful to see these accomplished professionals praising each other on what they do. These interviews help show from beginning to end a personal and educated perspective about the range of topics covered.
‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ is the epitome of a movie filled with passion for its subject matter. You can feel the craft from the filmmaking team and those they worked with to capture the essence of why this genre of music is important. The biggest complaint I’ve ever heard about this documentary is it should have been longer, which is always a good sign. Impressively, this movie captures the dedicated love that I personally have for film music, which is a monumental task. Having anxiously anticipated this movie and supported it all along the way, I am quite happy to finally be able to recommend it to people wholeheartedly.
Matt Schrader’s ‘SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY’ from Epicleff Media and Gravitas Ventures stars an impressive range of industry professionals and will be released generally September 5th, 2017.