At what point do you score a movie?
In three stages. I pick a lot of music as I’m writing, some of it even before I write. I have a vinyl room, like a record store, in my house””that’s one of the perks of being me. I dive into my record collection, I have a turntable already set up to make tapes, and I’m trying to find the rhythm, the beat of the movie. For instance, I wanted to set Jackie Brown in a more black world than the book took place in””even if it’s not a blaxploitation movie, it will have that energy or vibe. So then I go diving into ’70s soul music. Usually, I’m trying to find that opening credit sequence and once I find that, then I’m like, “OK, I can do this now,” ’cause that gives me enough to be excited by it. Also, if I get tired writing, or whenever I just need enthusiasm, I go into that room, play those songs, and imagine watching the movie with my friends and everyone’s oohing and aahing, and that gets me going again. I might even play those on the set. Then I’m always looking for music while I’m doing the movie, and then that last thing is in the editing, I’m diving for more stuff. And Harvey [Weinstein] always wants me to put more music in. I’m like, “Harvey, the reason it works so good is that there’s not wall-to-wall noise, [so] when it comes on, it’s cool.” [It’s] the last little thing before we lock picture””because Harvey pays a lot of money for my movies so let me give him a little respect. I dive in, and if I find something [else], it’s good, and if I don’t, I don’t. But I know that if I look hard enough, I’m going to find something. [VillageVoice.com]
Inglourious Basterds, the new film by Quentin Tarantino is out in theatres this Friday, August 21 and as you’ve probably heard, the Weinstein Company has a lot riding on this release.
“The ship’s riding on the slate,” Harvey says, sounding remarkably buoyant, all things considered. “If by February, when we release “˜Hoodwinked 2′ “ “” he playfully thumps a hand on the table, dramatizing the sound of failure “” “I’ll be driving you, or making cheap hamburgers, or selling trailers, or refrigerators, or something. If the slate works, we’re right back to plan.” [NYTimes.com]
In celebration of the film’s release (or really just because I like contests), I’m giving away the following Inglourious Basterds items:
• One special edition David Bowie 7″ vinyl edition edition of “Cat People”
• One copy of the official soundtrack on CD
• Two Inglorious Basterds movie posters
To enter the contest, send your name and address (US residents only) to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me the name of your favorite Tarantino movie. Winner will be randomly chosen on August 28, 2009.
Movie trailer, Inglourious Basterds Soundtrack track list and album art after the jump.
Inglourious Basterds Tracklist
The Green Leaves of Summer – Nick Perito
The Verdict – Ennio Morricone
White Lightning – Charles Bernstein
Slaughter – Billy Preston
The Surrender (La Resa)- Ennio Morricone
One Silver Dollar (Un Dollaro Bucato) – The Film Studio Orchestra
Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter – Zarah Leander
The Man With The Big Sombrero – Samantha Shelton and Michael Andrew
Ich Wollt Ich Waer Ein Huhn – Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch
Main Theme From Dark of The Sun – Jacques Loussier
Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) – David Bowie
Tiger Tank – Lalo Schifrin
Un Amico – Ennio Morricone
Rabbia e Tarantella – Ennio Morricone