June 30, 2014

‘Earth to Echo’ is something of an anomaly in Hollywood. A family friendly film that contains no swearing and a message of friendship and loyalty that may remind viewers of their favorite films from the ‘80s. In “Earth to Echo,” a group of kids begin receiving strange, encrypted messages on their mobile phones and decide to investigate the cause. During their adventure, they befriend an alien whom they name Echo all while documenting every moment of their saga on their mobile phones. The idea for the film came from producer Andr...

June 29, 2014

Reitzell is a rare commodity in Hollywood in that he both composes original scores and is hired to choose the licensed music used in films. He’s written music for all of Coppola’s movies, as well as for the directors Gus Van Sant and Marc Forster, in addition to TV series like NBC’s “Hannibal.” “Auto Music” the first non-soundtrack work he’s put out under his own name since commencing his film-music career as the music supervisor of Sofia Coppola’s 1999 directorial debut, “The Virgin Suicides.” “Auto Music” also had a significan...

June 29, 2014

In April of last year, actor/writer/director Zach Braff announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new project. Now, ‘Wish I Was Here’ is in post-production and all details on its much anticipated soundtrack have been released. The soundtrack for his directorial debut ‘Garden State’ has a Grammy to its name and secured the phrase “the Zach Braff effect,” the way it brought national attention to bands like The Shins. And the soundtrack for ‘Wish I Was Here’ is no different. Music is supervised by our very own Guild Member, Mary...

June 28, 2014

Bobby Womack  was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Bobby (seen here with music supervisor Mary Ramos) presented to a standing ovation at the 2014 GMS Awards.

 

Film director Quentin Tarantino used “Across 110th Street” (which, in a different version, had been the title song of the 1972 movie) in the opening and closing sequences of his 1997 film Jackie Brown. His work has been used in several other popular films, including Meet the Parents (2000), Ali (2001) and American Gangster (2007). A 2003 Saab commercial used Woma...

June 27, 2014

Film buff and music supervisor, Andrea Von Foerster is widely known for her works in films such as (500) Days Of Summer, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Chasing Mavericks along with television shows such as Don’t Trust The B In Apt. 23 and the Emmy winning Modern Family. She sat down to talk about her latest project, the Keira Knightley-Mark Ruffalo romantic drama, ‘Begin Again.’ She was brought to the project after the film had been shot and just before reshoots. Many of the songs in the movie are original and they did not...

June 27, 2014

After the surprising disqualification of song nominee Bruce Broughton earlier this year, the Academy has decided to make a change in the rules. Branch members are now not only prohibited from contacting other members to promote their song in any way, but they can no longer attend live performances of any of the nominated songs. This decision was spurred due to the feeling that Bruce abused his position as academy governor by appealing directly to members during the nominating process of his song “Alone Yet Not Alone.” The Academ...

June 26, 2014

Michael Jackson remembered five years later: After the King of Pop’s death, his influence still resonates in music. From Billie Jean to Thriller, these songs are the most memorable songs that became game changers for the music industry. Here is the Best of Michael Jackson Spotify playlist:

June 24, 2014

 It’s been exactly 20 years since The Lion King opened in wide release. That means it’s been two decades since those first chills we got watching the “Circle of Life” opening sequence, launching years of perfecting our own made up gibberish while attempting to sing along to the Zulu lyrics. The Lion King, which was mostly animated the old-fashioned way, remains the highest-grossing hand-drawn film ever. The film won two Academy Awards, earned nearly a billion dollars at the box office (worldwide) and spawned a fantastic Broadway...

June 21, 2014

In its ideal form, music creates an atmosphere for an emotional response from the audience – whether it be a smile, laughter, tears or all three.

In both film and television, music supervisors have the tricky task of helping carry out the writer’s vision, without distracting us from what’s happening on screen.  Their choices establish time periods, help to shape the characters, and within the last few years, have determined the musical preferences of the next generation.

 

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June 20, 2014

 HBO’s hit series True Blood begins its seventh and final season this Sunday, June 22 and music supervisor Gary Calamar shares on how the show got its ‘lustworthy’ soundtrack .  Calamar says music is an inextricable part of the popular vampire saga, featuring from three to five songs per episode.  The music supervisors have had room to work with some of the most innovative and creative artists over the show’s seven smash seasons.  He also explains the selection process for True Blood and one music pairing he’s very proud of!...

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