About The Site:Film.Music.Media is your premiere destination when it comes to the world of film music. You will get closer than you ever have before, and be able to fully immerse yourself with everything we have to offer. Between the site and our social media channels you will find a vast amount of in-depth audio interviews, analytical reviews, articles, video interviews, candid video clips from around the industry, photo coverage of concerts and events, and so much more. You will also find a vast array of articles not limited to scores but to everything encompassing film, film music or media. This site was created based on the pure inspiration of the film and film music world. The goal is to pass that inspiration to others. Welcome, take a look around and find something that inspires you.
What Makes Film.Music.Media different?
The purpose of our reviews is not to critique, but to explore. No one here claims to be an expert, and in fact when it comes to the creative world no one is an expert. If anyone tells you they are an expert then they are lying, don’t believe them. We are extremely knowledgable writers trying to explore the works of today’s film/tv/game composers. The reviews are meant to look for what works and/or what is missing. They are not simply meant to be a “good or bad” review, but rather focusing on style, substance and approach. Oh yeah, “short & sweet” is our goal too. Scores are meant to be heard, so we try to get to the bottom of things quickly and simply. That way, you the reader can get the grasp of the reviewer’s thoughts then go experience the score for yourself (or vice versa). For the criteria of our ratings please see the “Ratings Guide” section.
No where else will you find a collection of composer interviews quite like Film.Music.Media’s. Within the first five years of Film.Music.Media’s existence, interviewer Kaya Savas has chatted with over 150 of the best composers working in the industry. From longer in-depth audio interviews to shorter red carpet video interviews, you will find that the most valuable resource are the composers themselves. Instead of the usual fluff, interviews are structured to first get to know the composer’s background and path to scoring, their styles and approach, and of course specific questions to certain projects. With many composers returning as guests there is even more opportunities to delve into their processes. The chats are great learning tools for aspiring composers/directors/writers/filmmakers, and great listens for simply fans or admirers.
Notable Composers Interviewed: John Williams, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Elliot Goldenthal, Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Morris, Bear McCreary, Cliff Martinez, Brian Tyler, Ramin Djawadi and so many more!
The articles offer a chance to explore other areas beyond film scores, and they will contain honestly whatever can come to mind. The world of film, TV and gaming has many areas to discuss from business trends to spotlights on certain events. Anything that comes to mind film-wise can be found in the articles, it’s also where you’ll find our yearly best score lists.
You’ll find all our interviews hosted on the Film.Music.Media YouTube channel, all our photo coverage on our Facebook page plus all current review/article postings on Twitter and Facebook. But it all comes from under one roof at filmmusicmedia.com. Say you don’t care for reviews? Just subscribe to our YouTube channel to get our great interviews. Want to know when a new review or article is posted the second it goes up? Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and get notified immediately! Or just bookmark the site and visit now and then to catch up on our latest updates. Tailor Film.Music.Media to how you want to experience it.
Location, Location, Location:
Film.Music.Media is HQ'd in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, sunny Los Angeles, CA. This means you'll get more exclusive photos/videos of events than any other film score site.
At Film.Music.Media we try and do it differently than the rest. You will find the world of film scores through the words of the composers themselves, and through the words of extremely knowledgable writers learning and exploring with each review. You will see photos and videos of events to experience yourself. Like it says back up in that top paragraph; this site was created based on the pure inspiration of the film and film music world. The goal is to pass that inspiration to others. Welcome, take a look around and find something that inspires you.
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Kaya Savas: Founder / Executive Editor
(Head Writer & Interviewer)
Film and film music is my passion. I've lived and breathed since I was 9 years old when I happened to discover the magic of score. Hans Zimmer was a huge influence on me growing up and it was his music along with many others that fueled my love for films and the music that drives them. I still have my cassette tapes of Jurassic Park and The Rock which I wore out in my Sony Walkman.
Film and film music to me are the best ways to explore the human condition. Scores are full with pure emotion and engaging stories. Sounds and textures paint worlds in your mind or recall your favorite screen moments to the forefront of your imagination. They work with the story, characters, setting, costume, production design and cinematography to conjure a canvass of wonder. I truly believe score is the most important part of a film and the director/composer relationship to be the most integral behind the scenes partnering.
I've been writing about film and film music since I was in high school. I started posting them on Amazon which led to me getting featured critic positions at websites like Movieweb.com and DVDivas.net. I am currently one of the top ranked critics on Amazon and am part of their Amazon Vine program where I also review assorted products. F.M.M was a passion blog I started that grew into what you see today. My goal is not only to further gather knowledge and experience new music for myself, but to share it with others in the hope of inspiring people to find the magic of film scores that ignited my imagination when I was a little boy.
I graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Media & Film and currently live in Burbank, CA. I currently work at Cartoon Network Studios as a Production Asset Coordinator.
Koray Savas: Senior Writer (Reviews)
There is really only one thing you need to know about me: I live and breathe film. It is that rare form of entertainment that trumps reality so effortlessly. The silver screen is a portal into other universes, ones that make us laugh, cry, jump in our seats, and even reflect on ourselves as people. I do not discriminate based on year, country, or genre; any film has the potential for greatness and I embrace filmmakers that step outside the box and challenge us as an audience.
While there are many factors that led to this obsession with the medium, it can more or less be traced back to a handful of films and their scores. Jurassic Park and The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993 were the two films that initially started it all, and as the years went by, movies like The Rock, Face/Off, The Fifth Element, GoldenEye, and Gremlins never stopped playing in my house. The Medal Of Honor video game series was an early favorite, and Michael Giacchino's brilliant scores for those deserve as much credit as anything else. I started my film score collection roughly around 2002, with Elfman's Spider-Man, Howard's Signs, Williams' Attack Of The Clones, and Newman's Road To Perdition being some of my first CDs. In the past 10 years I have amassed a collection of over 400 scores, and it continues to grow. These composers and the films they scored sparked my imagination as a child, and I cannot imagine where I would be without having experienced them.
Michael Hollands: Writer (Reviews/Articles)
Films and music, especially film music have always been a very big part of my life. I was introduced to the world of movies at a very early age, immediately becoming addicted to them.
To me there is something so captivating and intriguing about films and the scores that accompany them, that I could just go on for hours about this subject. A great film can do so much for the audience, even at times change the way we see things and that is exactly what the best films do. They deal with people in all kinds of situations and create a world that we can relate to emotionally. We start to embrace the characters, instantly feeling the emotion of the movie. Don't get me wrong...a film should not always deal with a very serious, life-altering subject. I love to switch genres, diving into all different kinds of stories. A film can make you think, it can make you laugh and provide feelings of joy, excitement and drama.
A film is comprised of so many details and numerous people work around the clock to achieve the best results possible.
One of the movie's biggest and most important aspects is the musical score. The marriage of visuals and music is something magical. Try to imagine some of the biggest moments in film (history) without a score and they wouldn't be the same, would they? Each film requires a different kind and different amount of music. It is the composer's job to figure out a way to enhance to emotional part of the movie. Hence the director / composer relationship is unbelievably important. The richness and power of the composer's music helps the extend the director's vision, elevating his film to new heights, touching an audience around the world.
Each year, I try to watch as many films as possible, in order to explore a new world and moving stories. I have always been very passionate about films and scores and that is exactly the reason why I want to write about it, expressing my feelings about this business and it is my distinct pleasure to be a part of this team. Now it is my goal to write about the industry that I love so much, the business that has always and will always be an integral part of my life!
Leo Mayr: Writer (Reviews/Articles)
I can't really put into words why and how film music is so special to me. Music has always been a part of my life, and I do remember noticing film music way before I actually got addicted to it. I got into movies through the Star Wars prequels and Pirates Of The Caribbean, so those were the earliest scores I actually owned because I wanted them. (Randy Newman's Cars doesn't count, I mistook it for an audiobook at the time...)
With an increase in cinema visits in early 2012 I became addicted. Since January of 2012 I have been to the cinema over 250 times and have hoarded about 600 soundtrack albums on my phone. (I am also fond of statistical numbers)
In the cinema, I can hear music where most people don't even notice it, and on some occasions, I can tell which parts of the score are absent from the album and where a second of music has been cut out of a track. What fascinates me a lot about film scores is the attention to detail put into it. Themes reappearing where most people in the audience won't even notice the score, fun bits of instrumentation blocked completely by a loud explosion or small nods to other scores.
And of course how a score can be perfectly in sync with a scene and still sound good on its own. And I'm not just talking about scenes like "Duel Of The Fates" (The Phantom Menace) and "Married Life" (UP). I enjoy scenes like "Battle Royale" (The Lego Batman Movie) or "Confrontation On Eadu" (Rogue One) at least as much. For me, nothing beats the sound of a large orchestra going all out for an action piece... maybe except for an equally large choir...
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