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The Win

5 Mar

Wow, thank you. Thanks to the Academy. Like any other human endeavor, making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank Gravity because for many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience. And it’s good, because it took so long that if not, it would be like a waste of time. What really sucks is that for a lot of these people, that transformation was wisdom; for me, it was just the color of my hair. I want to share this with all these wise people who made this movie happen: my amazing son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón. Sandra Bullock. Sandy, you’re Gravity. You are the soul, the heart of the film. You’re the most amazing collaborator and one of the best people I ever met. George Clooney, for your absolute trust. David Heyman, Chivo and Tim Webber for making this film happen. The wise guys of Warner Bros., the wise people at Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll, [unintelligible], Greg Silverman, Lynn Harris, Chris De Faria. And the film took so long that we went through two different administrations, so I have to honor as well Alan Horn and Jeff Robinov. Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro et Gabriela Rodriguez et Steve Rabineau, Henry Holmes et Jim Berkus, Tracey Jacobs, Cristina, [Spanish] Sheherazade, Bu, Olmo. [Spanish]. Bye, guys.

Transcription c/o the Academy Awards 2014— I’ll fill in the “unintelligible” bits later.

Just because I haven’t been blogging or tweeting these past several months doesn’t mean I haven’t been super excited about all the success and recognition Cuarón, el Chivo, Webber, et al have been experiencing this award season.  In addition to winning this blog’s namesake the Academy Award for Excellence in Cinematic Direction, Gravity also took home the Oscars for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), Best Original Score (Steven Price), Best Sound Editing (Glenn Freemantle), Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro), Best Film Editing (Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger), and Best Visual Effects (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould).

You can watch the full video of the presentation and acceptance of the award here [Perez Hilton].

Attack the Block composer Steven Price to score Gravity

23 Sep

Film Music Reporter has revealed that British composer Steven Price (Attack the Block) will score Gravity, which is currently in post-production and scheduled for 2013 release.  While his filmography as a composer is relatively short, Price has a decade and a half of experience as a music editor, programmer, and guitarist for the big and small screen.  Here’s Price telling Daniel Schweiger of Film Music Mag, last year, about his own favourite sci-fi scores, and how they influenced his score for Attack the Block (which you should totally check it out):

I grew up in the era of the big 80s escapist sci-fi films. There’s a load of those classics that I’ve watched A LOT. I have a particular love of movies like the original STAR WARS trilogy, E.T. and BACK TO THE FUTURE for example. One of the things I love about ATTACK THE BLOCK [ATB] is that has that same spirit of escapism. You enter that world for 90 minutes, and grow to like and believe in those kids. Overall, the setting of ATB led to a very different musical approach than those brilliantly orchestrated scores that people like John Williams and Alan Silvestri did. However, the tight budget did allow for a day in the studio with a small orchestra, and that side of the score did allow me a few moments to reach for some of the sweep that those composers would routinely achieve so brilliantly. There’s a couple of moments in ATB when I was thinking back to that rush you would get from the way those classic scores’ music swept you away to another world, or made you cheer for the hero.  Read more.

Presumably, there will be a much bigger budget for the film score this time around, but I’m really excited by this choice, given the way Price apparently burst onto the scene (or so the first page of Google search results indicate).