"Newtown," which debuts this weekend at Sundance, has what may be the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the…
John Williams' themes from "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park." Bill Conti's "Rocky" fanfare. Vince Guaraldi's music for TV's "Charlie Brown" cartoons. The John Barry arrangement of Monty Norman's "James…
If there's a theme to many of this year's song contenders, it's getting in the final word.
When it comes to movie maestros, few are held in higher esteem than John Williams, Ennio Morricone and James Horner, all of whom have scores in contention during the current awards season.
"The Good Dinosaur," due in theaters Nov. 25, moves in a radically different musical direction than any previous Pixar film. It also marks the first time Pixar has employed two composers on a single…
There was a time not so long ago when film composers fell into two distinct camps: Those who used traditional orchestration and those who relied on synthesized instruments to enhance storytelling…
In a small room off to the side of Heitor Pereira's spacious, comfortable Santa Monica studio are Pereira's many guitars and hundreds of smaller instruments, mostly unusual percussion contraptions…
When Heitor Pereira was a boy growing up in rural, heavily forested Brazil, his grandfather — an avid birdwatcher — used to tell him, "Listen to the symphony of the birds and the life around us. Can…
Animated films may be his most commercially successful, but Heitor Pereira has scored his share of live-action ones, too, including three surprising and diverse films still to come.
For film and TV composer Laura Karpman, versatility isn't merely about alternating between comedy and drama.
There's no rule about whether or not a movie based on a classic TV show should incorporate the series' original musical theme. For example, 1991's "The Addams Family" and 2010's "The A-Team" used…