Interviews

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Composer Interview: Lesley Barber

posted Feb 21, 2017, 11:21 AM by Kaya Savas

Composer Lesley Barber takes some time to share her journey to becoming a composer and some insights into her process. Lesley's talents and versatility have brought us memorable scores to films such as Hysterical Blindness, Mansfield Park, You Can Count On Me, and recently the critically-acclaimed Manchester By The Sea. We chat about her process for Manchester By The Sea including reconnecting with writer/director Kenneth Lonergan for their second film together. Lesley explains how she came up with the inspiration to utilize vocals in her score, and how she navigated a heavy subject matter as well as source music. Lesley also gives her views on her score being rejected from Oscar consideration due to the use of classical pieces in the film. Lesley's unique style and strong talents as a musical storyteller make this a fun and fascinating interview for all.

Interview Produced & Presented By: 
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Lesley Barber
Chandler Poling
Adrianna Perez
White Bear PR

Composer Interview: Lesley Barber


Visit lesleybarber.com for more!

All Access: Mark Mancina

posted Feb 13, 2017, 9:38 AM by Kaya Savas

On this episode of All Access we are joined by composer Mark Mancina whose career has given us some of the most iconic scores of our generation. Mark takes us through his path to becoming a composer as well as his approach to some of his most memorable scores. We discuss Speed and how Mark worked with director Jan de Bont to craft the now iconic action score. Hear the stories behind some of his other scores such as Bad Boys, Twister, Con Air, Moll Flanders, Blood+, August Rush, Planes and Moana. Mark also shares why working with Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay was a challenge, and why he decided to walk away from Bad Boys II. Also hear Mark talk about the challenges of bringing The Lion King to life as a musical. Mark's career has given us some amazing scores that spanned across so many genres, and each of them special in their own way. Enjoy this fascinating and fun interview with one of the most respected and influential composers in the industry.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Mark Mancina
Marlon Espino

All Access: Mark Mancina



Visit mancinamusic.com for more!

All Access: Henry Jackman

posted Jan 31, 2017, 8:14 AM by Kaya Savas

Henry Jackman returns as a guest on Film.Music.Media, this time for an All Access interview that takes us through his entire career including his approach for Kong: Skull Island. Hear how Henry found his path to becoming a film composer by finding a passion in traditional classical music as well as hard electronic rave music in Europe. Henry talks about his time working in pop music and how Hans Zimmer ended up convincing him to move to Los Angeles and pursue film composing. We cover a variety of topics including how to work with demanding directors like Paul Greengrass, where the first note comes from, dealing with criticism, composing for Disney and Marvel, and much more. So pour a glass of Scotch and enjoy the fine charm and humor of the great Henry Jackman.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Henry Jackman
Matt Justmann
Ray Costa
Andrew P. Alderete
Costa Communications

All Access: Henry Jackman


All Access: Dominic Lewis - Episode 2

posted Jan 9, 2017, 3:24 PM by Kaya Savas

It's 10pm at Remote Control Productions, the clock is ticking, and composer Dominic Lewis has to make the finishing touches on his score for The Man In The High Castle: Season 2. Join us on this episode of All Access where we take a completely different approach by simply watching Dom work his magic. Get an amazing and unprecedented look as we sit down next to Dom in the final hours before the score is delivered, and get a first-hand look at the mammoth undertaking of writing a score for a rich and detailed TV series like The Man In The High Castle. Dom plays host and will entertain you with his charm and wit as he goes through his thought process and workflows in an All Access episode that is sure to delight and educate in equal measure.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Dominic Lewis
Daniel Futcher

All Access: Dominic Lewis - Episode 2

All Access: John Hawkes

posted Jan 2, 2017, 4:52 PM by Kaya Savas

In this very special episode of All Access we sit down with Oscar-nominated actor and musician John Hawkes. John is mostly known for his work as one of the finest character actors of his generation, but his passions and talents reach beyond film as music has been part of his life from his youth up till now. We sit down and explore John's path to acting and music. John goes into amazing detail about his acting methods and approaches to some of his most memorable roles. John discusses his latest film, Too Late which was shot on 35mm and filmed in five 20-minute single takes. John also wrote the original song "Down With Mary", which his character sings in the film. Listen to John share stories like acting with Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, the approach to doing nude scenes with Helen Hunt in The Sessions, and performing in his band Rodney & John. So, sit back and relax as we examine the craft of acting and songwriting with the one and only John Hawkes.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Production Company: Vanishing Angle (www.vanishingangle.com)
Producer: Matt Miller
Director Of Photography: Kelly King
Camera Operator: Tory Harder
Editor: Tory Harder

Special Thanks:
John Hawkes
Ray Costa
Andrew P. Alderete
Costa Communications
Vanishing Angle

All Access: John Hawkes


Composer Interview: Justin Hurwitz

posted Jan 1, 2017, 9:23 AM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Jan 1, 2017, 8:29 PM ]

When you talk about young talent in the industry, it's impossible not to mention Justin Hurwitz who has already demonstrated his amazing abilities as a storyteller so early in his career. In this interview, Justin talks about his background and how he set himself on the path to becoming a film composer. Hear his fascinating insight including how he met director Damien Chazelle in college, how he paid the bills by writing scripts for sitcoms like The League and The Simpsons, and how he learned from all the mistakes he made on his first feature. We discuss how he learned through making mistakes on Damien Chazelle's first feature, Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench which was also a musical. Then learning more on Whiplash before tackling the modern musical once again with La La Land. Justin dissects his process including how he wrote both the score and the music to the songs in the film, as well as working with lyricists Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The whole music process on La La Land took 2 years and we talk about Justin's workflow through it all.  Justin Hurwitz is such an incredible storyteller and personality, and it was immensely inspiring to hear his story and approach to one of 2016's most critically-acclaimed films.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special  Thanks:
Justin Hurwitz
Albert Tello
LTLA Communications

Composer Interview: Justin Hurwitz

All Access: Abel Korzeniowski

posted Dec 18, 2016, 4:31 PM by Kaya Savas

On this episode of All Access, we sit down with composer Abel Korzeniowski whose rich orchestral style has quickly made him one of the most respected and in-demand auteur composers working in the industry. Abel shares his background and how he found the path to film composing. We also discusses how he moved from his native country of Poland to the United States to pursue his career further. We examine Abel's scores throughout his career and what it was like working with different directors such as Tom Ford and Madonna, including specific approaches to many of Abel's scores like Nocturnal Animals and Penny Dreadful. We also discuss electronics in music and what their role is in the music he writes. All in all this is a great all-encompassing discussion with such an incredible talent and person. Abel continues to breath life into the projects he works on, and it's a real pleasure to have him as a guest on this episode of All Access!

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Fernando Velázquez
Jana Davidoff
Gabriella Belzer
CW3PR

All Access: Abel Korzeniowski



Visit abelkorzeniowski.com for more!

Composer Interview: Fernando Velázquez

posted Dec 18, 2016, 8:33 AM by Kaya Savas

Composer Fernando Velázquez's talents and style as a musical storyteller has given us some amazing scores such as The Orphanage, Mama, The Impossible and Crimson Peak among many others. Recently, Fernando continues his collaboration with director J.A. Bayona with A Monster Calls as well as with the fantasy adventure Zip & Zap And The Captain's Island (Zipi y Zape y la Isla del Capitán). Fernando talks about about his background and how he never remembers a time that he didn't want to write film scores. We discuss the differences between Spanish and American cinema, his relationship with J.A. Bayona, how he approached scoring A Monster Calls, and is posed with the question of "will we hear a Fernando Velázquez score for Jurassic World 2?" Fernando's music has brought the films he has scored to vivid and emotional life, and it's an enlightening delight to hear him speak about his craft.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Fernando Velázquez
Jana Davidoff
Gabriella Belzer
CW3PR

Composer Interview: Fernando Velázquez

Composer Interview: Michael A. Levine

posted Dec 11, 2016, 5:01 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 8:44 AM ]

Composer Michael A. Levine takes time to discuss his background and journey to film composing as well as his score to the powerful and critically acclaimed documentary, Landfill Harmonic. Michael takes us through his path to becoming a composer including performing on the street, creating one of the most recognizable advertising jingles of all-time (KitKat, "give me a break"), working with Harry Gregson-Williams, working with Hans Zimmer and developing his own career as a composer with hit series such as Cold Case. Michael is one of the industry's most beloved talents whose passion, talents and personality continues to inspire.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Michael A. Levine
Jana Davidoff
Gabriella Belzer
CW3PR

Composer Interview: Michael A. Levine


Visit michaellevinemusic.com for more!

Education Through Music-Los Angeles 11th Annual Gala

posted Dec 11, 2016, 4:57 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 8:44 AM ]

Film.Music.Media is proud to support Education Through Music-Los Angeles again this year as they hosted their annual fundraising gala. This year, the honorees were Ed Helms (Actor, The Office / The Hangover Trilogy) and Richard Meyer (Veteran Music Educator).

From ETM-LA:

Education Through Music-Los Angeles partners with inner-city schools with the mission to provide and promote music in disadvantaged schools as a part of the core curriculum for every child to enhance students’ academic achievement, creativity and overall development.

Our primary activity is forming long-termed partnerships with Los Angeles County schools, through In-School Music Education Programs. Within this implementation we hope to help districts and school’s principals establish and sustain school wide music education programs become integrated within the Common Core Curriculum. As an independent 501©3 nonprofit, Education Through Music-LA is based on the ETM® model that has successfully revitalized communities in New York City for 25 years.

Film.Music.Media was on hand to cover the event and sit-down with honorees Ed Helms and Richard Meyer, host Andy Richter and a few of the evenings key guests. Hear everyone speak on how important music in education is from their own point of views. We also chat briefly about some of the guests' recent projects!

Interviews Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Camera: Sarah Childers

Special Thanks:
Victoria Lanier
Education Through Music-Los Angeles


ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Ed Helms ‎(Honoree)‎

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Richard Meyer ‎‎(Honoree)‎‎

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Andy Richter

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Lisa Loeb

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Randy Spendlove

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Benjamin Wallfisch

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Daniel Pemberton

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Austin Wintory

ETM-LA 11th Annual Gala: Danny Jacob



Visit etmla.org/donate to find out how you can contribute and to learn more about ETM-LA and their efforts!

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