Hollywood composers tune in for rare gathering

Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:39pm EST
 
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By Kevin Cassidy

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Film composers aren't exactly the most social creatures in Hollywood.

But when five of this year's Oscar front-runners -- A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Howard Shore ("Doubt"), Danny Elfman ("Milk"), Alexandre Desplat ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and Jan Kaczmarek ("The Visitor") -- sat down recently with The Hollywood Reporter, they seized the opportunity for a frank, passionate discussion of the past, present and future of film music.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: FILM IS A COLLABORATIVE ART, BUT COMPOSERS WORK IN RELATIVE ISOLATION. IS IT STRANGE TO GET TOGETHER LIKE THIS?

Jan Kaczmarek: We tend to socialize very little. Much less than writers or directors.

Danny Elfman: Any part of the industry really. In fact, directors and writers tend to seek each other out. God knows actors all seem to know each other. It is the weirdest field for sure.

Howard Shore: Let's change that.

Alexandre Desplat: We should set aside a week or so during the year and meet. Or at least try to ...

Shore: Like a retreat.   Continued...

 
<p>Alexandre Desplat poses with his award for best original score - motion picture for "The Painted Veil" at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>