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Hans Zimmer :Here's The Thing Alec Baldwin Podcast

Simeon

Senior Member
I think this tweet really nailed something for me, going forward in working with clients. I knew there was something going on but Hans was able to put into words the absolute perfect way to describe it.

I could get so emotional about something I had just produced and the client listens to it and it falls flat!
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germancomponist

Senior Member
The director has to trust the composer? Huh, how often does this happen? They trust world-famous composers, yes, but if a composer is not world-famous, then they come up with their own demands, wishes, etc. Yes, no? ;)
 

Double Helix

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Hans plays live (and eventually Coachella) with a little push from Pharrel Williams. Interesting interview.
Zimmer--as world renowned as he obviously is--sounds like a pretty down-to-earth guy
 

Orgon89

New Member
I wish we could have heard the interview without the (partially annoying and context/story breaking) cuts to the answers of Hans. Very interesting still, it's always nice to hear his stories and anecdotes.
 

antsteep

New Member
I'm curious as to the number of revisions Hans has had to make for directors of various films.
I went to a Q&A with director Jane Campion for her new film The Power of the Dog. When talking about her direction on a particular scene she said she asked the actors to reduce their actions as she didn't want to distract from the music that Jonny Greenwood has scored for the scene. Very few composers would be in that position.
 

José Herring

Lost in Cyberspace
The director has to trust the composer? Huh, how often does this happen? They trust world-famous composers, yes, but if a composer is not world-famous, then they come up with their own demands, wishes, etc. Yes, no? ;)
No. Directors are people, some are good and some are not so good. The good ones put their trust in you and you have to deliver to keep that trust. The bad ones, well they treated everybody like shit, famous or not.

One director I worked with learned that a big name composer (at least bigger than me) wanted to do his film, yet he stuck with me because he trusted me and felt intimidated by the bigger name.
 

Farkle

Senior Member
No. Directors are people, some are good and some are not so good. The good ones put their trust in you and you have to deliver to keep that trust. The bad ones, well they treated everybody like shit, famous or not.

One director I worked with learned that a big name composer (at least bigger than me) wanted to do his film, yet he stuck with me because he trusted me and felt intimidated by the bigger name.
Jose, I had the same anecdotal story. My last director, he wanted... hoo boy... he wanted Jaws meets Bernard Herrmann with the Great Hollywood Love Theme... and he said, "Mike, you can pull this off!". And, he knew, because of my passion/focus, if I got "bullied" enough (Hahah), I could deliver. And... for better or worse... I did my poor man's version of that.

Vampyrz on a Boat... hopefully it will hit Netflix... and the director never looked at another composer, he trusted me, and I could deliver what a *lot* of other composers couldn't...

Sometimes, it's not about being the "best", it's about being the "right one"...

Mike
 

KEM

The TENET Guy
I just stumbled upon this excerpt on Facebook and was very fascinated by it, I had no idea Hans had almost worked with Kubrick before, definitely something I never would’ve imagined happening, and I was able to find some random old blog post from 2008 that also talks about it, only thing that doesn’t make any sense is Hans saying he was 18 at the time, when he would’ve actually been 30 when FMJ came out…

 
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