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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:34 am   Post subject: Interview: Jeff Danna Reply with quote

Film composer JEFF DANNA is available for an SST interview. This is a great opportunity for you to put yourself in the shoes of the interviewers and reviewers you have read online and in film music magazines. Please post any questions you have here, and we will pass them on to Mr. Danna. Thank you.



Resident Evil: Apocalypse Takes Canada's Top Honor

(Toronto, November 22, 2006) - Composer Jeff Danna has been
honored with the SOCAN International Film Music award for his work
on the #1 Sony Pictures release Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

SOCAN (The Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
and the best of Canada's music industry came together in
recognition of some of this country's most talented songwriters,
composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 17th annual SOCAN
Awards Gala. Hosted by country artist Jason McCoy, the SOCAN
Awards acknowledge members' and other music industry influencers'
outstanding achievements from the previous year. Other award
recipients included: Avril Lavigne for "Breakaway"; Michael Bublé
for "Home"; Nickelback for "Photograph;" Chantal Kreviazuk for "Julia";
Sum 41 for "Pieces"; Divine Brown for "Old
Skool Love" and Sarah Harmer for "Almost."

“Resident Evil” writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson praised Danna's
score: "On the first Resident Evil, we arrived at a unique score
by combining the twin talents of Marco Beltrami and Marilyn
Manson. How to top such a unique sound? It was something that
worried us for months, but Jeff seemed to rise to the occasion
effortlessly. His score fuses the best of electronic and
orchestral to provide a cool, modern soundtrack that at times
seems to be channeling pure uncut Carpenter (John that is). And
anyone who knows how much I admire the classic sounds of Escape
from New York and Halloween will know how much of a compliment
that is. Jeff gave us a truly inspired score."

Jeff Danna has demonstrated versatility and adeptness as a
composer with credits including the critically acclaimed The
Gospel of John, O, The Kid Stays in the Picture, and The Boondock
Saints. In the epic film The Gospel of John, Danna painstakingly
researched ancient instruments to create an authentic score and
incorporated a full orchestra and a choir for the music. For The
Kid Stays in the Picture, a look at legendary Paramount producer
Robert Evans, Danna researched music of various time periods to
create a score that would incorporate the eras of Robert Evan's
personal journey. Other Danna credits include his acclaimed score
to the Miramax Othello adaptation O, The Grey Zone, Green Dragon,
and Roger Spottiswoode's The Yeltsin Project.

In addition to his busy scoring schedule, Danna enjoys a career
as a recording artist. His collaborative orchestral Celtic albums
with brother Mychael (Capote, Little Miss Sunshine, The Nativity)
reached worldwide success and placed in the Top 10 on the
Billboard charts. Jeff Danna has received numerous BMI and SOCAN Awards for
scoring excellence.

His upcoming projects include Chicago 10, the documentary that
will open this year's Sundance Film Festival; Closing the Ring, a
romantic drama starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, and
Mischa Barton; and Nimrod Nation, an eight-part documentary series
about a Michigan town's obsession with high school basketball, also directed
by Brett Morgen.

SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective for the communication
and performance of musical works.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:16 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Two,

What type of deadline are you working on for this interview? With the holidays I wasn't sure what your time frame was to have everything submitted. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:18 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote

Been busy with the holidays, thought of a few questions.

Congratulations on your SOCAN film music award! What was most memorable about receiving this honor?

When did you start playing music and composing?

How does your background as a guitarist and session musician influence your scores?

How did you get hooked on film scores? Are there particular scores that you admire?

What inspired you to seek greater authenticity by using period instruments and Aramaic singing in the Gospel of John?

Do you have an underlying philosophy on how to approach scoring when you work on films with a religious or cultural context (i.e. Gospel of John or Yeltsin Project)?

What circumstances led you and your brother to score Tideland?

What did Terry Gilliam ask for regarding the score and what original ideas did you bring to the project?

Could you explain your conceptual framework for the Tideland score and what you and Mychael were trying to accomplish?

What are you going to do to prepare for scoring a romantic drama like Closing the Ring?

Are there any projects that you're excited to work on that you'd like to talk about?
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