Led by Kaya Savas, Film.Music.Media has grown into one of the premiere film music resources for aspiring storytellers and admirers alike. By taking a relaxed approach to film music journalism and letting composers tell their stories, F.M.M allows you to gain an appreciation of the craft as well as the talented people behind your favorite music across all visual media.
Film.Music.Media offers an unprecedented growing library of in-depth interviews, analytical reviews from a small core of talented writers, event coverage, behind the scenes looks, photo coverage and more of your favorite composers and their worlds of storytelling.
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Kaya Savas: Founder / CEO
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.
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...
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.
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