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Interview: Christophe Beck

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:12 pm   Post subject: Interview: Christophe Beck Reply with quote


We have an opportunity to interview composer Christophe Beck soon. If you would like to contribute questions for him, please post them here. In particular, we would like to focus on his new film "We Are Marshall", but all questions are welcome. I would like to send it to him asap, so please try to get them in by the end of Friday, 12/8. Thank you!

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FILM COMPOSER CHRISTOPHE BECK TRIUMPHS AMIDST TRAGEDY WITH "WE ARE MARSHALL"


Warner Bros. will release film in theaters December 22nd.

(Hollywood, CA) Film composer Christophe Beck scores the Warner Bros. "We Are Marshall," which releases in theaters December 22. Based on actual events surrounding the 1970s plane crash that killed most of Marshall University's football team, the film tells a story of perseverance and healing as the survivors attempt to rebuild their team and spirit. Matthew McConaughey stars as the determined new coach alongside Matthew Fox ("Lost"). McG, who made his mark directing award-winning music videos before moving into film, directs.

With "We Are Marshall," Christophe Beck further demonstrates his ability to deliver a poignant and somber, yet hopeful and inspiring score. The prolific composer has demonstrated his scoring versatility in such varied films as comedy "The Pink Panther," thriller "The Sentinel" and romantic drama "Under The Tuscan Sun." His other credits, which include scores for "Elektra," "Bring It On," "American Wedding" and "Two For The Money," helped earn Beck the title of "Busiest Composer" from Hollywood Reporter in 2005. Beck began his composing career in television and won an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for his work in the series "Buffy."

Because of Christophe Beck's extensive musical experience, he has been described as a musical genius. His talents span a wide range of genres, instruments, mediums and geographic locations. The Montreal native began piano studies at the age of five and by high school had mastered flute, saxophone, trombone and drums. While studying music at Yale, he realized that his talent for writing exceeded that of performing. He wrote two musicals and an opera during his time there. Soon after, he moved to the opposite coast to study with Jerry Goldsmith in USC's film scoring program.

Beck most recently completed the score for "School For Scoundrels," starring Billy Bob Thornton. He is currently working on "License to Wed," a comedy starring Robin Williams and Mandy Moore.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:18 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


How does scoring for TV differ from scoring for a film? Is one more enjoyable than the other?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:59 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Congratulations to SST on another chance to do an interview. This is great publicity and a wonderful addition to the site!!

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What about the previous interviews?!? I am especially interested in reading the responses from BT!

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I will think up a few questions and post later...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:56 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Luther_III wrote:
What about the previous interviews?!? I am especially interested in reading the responses from BT!


Unfortunately, we ended up not submitting the interview questions to BT, Alex Wurman, and Elia Cmiral due to a variety of reasons. If the opportunity comes up again to interview any of these men, we will certainly review your questions and solicit additional ones as well.

We did forward the interview questions to Craig Armstrong and Mychael Danna, but have yet to hear from them. Undoubtedly they are extremely busy. We are hopeful that when their schedules allow, they will take the time to respond to the interview questions SST listeners wrote.

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I will think up a few questions and edit this post...


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Come on and ask questions everyone. Not too many chances that you get to ask a question to a composer and a well known one. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:06 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Here are some questions for Mr. Beck:

For We Are Marshall, the story was about true events that happened to people who are still alive today. How did this fact color your approach to the project?

Your impressive resume includes composing musicals and an opera. How did working on the Buffy musical compare to writing for the stage? Would you be interested in working on additional musical projects for the screen? If so, how would your compositional approach differ between stage and screen works? Are there any such prospects on the horizon?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:58 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


1. What attracted you to scoring We Are Marshall?

2. Were you familiar with the history behind the film before you began?

3. Did you experience any challenges while working on a sports film that you did not encounter before?

4. Which aspects of We Are Marshall are you most proud about working on?

5. I’ve noticed that you like to play with the sound design of action scores like Elektra and The Sentinel. How do you decide which projects require more electronic sound design compared to others?

6. What kind of musical approach did you take for We Are Marshall?

7. On We Are Marshall, what orchestral resources did you have to work with?

8. What’s your favorite part of the composing process?

9. Could you describe a typical day in your life as a film composer? I’m amazed you are able to get so many projects done in a year – you must have great time management skills!

10. Could you share some insights on how you stay creatively inspired? What things do you draw on to motivate you?

11. It was a big jump to move from scoring TV shows like Buffy to feature films. What useful lessons did you learn from scoring Buffy and Angel that you applied to film scoring?

12. Could you share a fond memory about something you learned while studying with Jerry Goldsmith or any of your other teachers at USC? Did you get any advice at the time you might not have fully appreciated, but later realized the wisdom of?

13. I really enjoyed Under the Tuscan Sun because it made me feel like I was in an Italian villa. Is there music from another part of the world that you’d like to explore and incorporate into a score in the future?

I'm glad that you got a bigger project like We Are Marshall to showcase your composing skills. Hope it does well.

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Besides a cameo in Buffy, have you at any other time been on screen in one of your projects?

What was your experience like with the Buffy musical "Once More, With Feeling" especially working with many actors who had little vocal training?
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How did you end up getting the job scoring the film 'We Are Marshall'?

What was your most rewarding experience while scoring 'We Are Marshall'? Most challenging?

Were you given any direction on what the music should sound like for the film 'We Are Marshall' or were you given complete creative freedom to come up with whatever music you felt was suitable for the film?

Were you influenced at all by any other scores that were done for football based movies while scoring 'We Are Marshall' or did you only use the movie for your inspiration?

At what point in the filmaking process were you brought in to score the film 'We Are Marshall'?

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While scoring 'Pink Panther' was it difficult to find a balance between using the established themes and creating new music?

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How did you get your start in the film scoring industry? Who were your mentors who helped get your career started? What is the most important thing your mentors taught you about having a career in film scoring?

What has been the most rewarding experience in your film scoring career thus far? What has been the biggest challenge in your film scoring career thus far?

Out of all of your film music, which is your favorite? Why?

At what point in the filmaking process do you prefer to start producing the film score for a movie? In general, how long do you like to have to complete a score for a film?

While learning to be a film composer, who were some of your favorite film composers? Who are some of your favorite film composers today?

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Hopefully some of these questions will be worthwhile! Look forward to hearing the responses to this interview!
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Kudos to BYUTHeart, Luther, Zir, and Nate.
Excellent job! *applause*


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