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Episode 56 - THOMAS NEWMAN - Composer (1 reply)

Reese Brucker
1 month ago
Reese Brucker 1 month ago

Team Deakins sits with Tom Newman and learns lots about the world of the composer. He tells us about learning to be a collaborator, his experience with directors like Robert Altman and Sam Mendes, how he deals with last minute editorial changes after the music has been composed and the difference between composing for Live Action and Animation. He also speaks of working in television, how binge watching changed theme music on TV shows, the musical challenge on the film, 1917 and his feeling that creativity is chaotic. And that’s only scratching the surface of what we got into during the conversation! A great episode with a talented composer!

RECOMMENDED EPISODE VIEWING: 1917, Shawshank Redemption

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The Byre
1 month ago
The Byre 1 month ago

I'm glad to hear that we're not the only ones who are suffering from squeezed budgets.  The whole audio side of film is getting squeezed and it REALLY shows, as dialog, sound design and music quality are falling steadily.

ADR used to be done with meticulous attention to detail - now half the films I see sound like people in a VO booth talking into a U87.  The reason is because it is people in a VO booth talking into a U87.

What used to be orchestras now sound like synths - because that is what they are.  Even something as simple as pianos are now samples because it is cheaper to pay the composer a flat fee to use his/her own studio than hire a studio with a grand piano.

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