×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hallstrom and Rahman: A 5,000-Mile Collaboration for ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’

A harmonious relationship between composer and director is key to a successful music track.

Fortunately for the score of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the story of two restaurateurs — one Indian, one French — clashing in a French village, tunesmith A. R. Rahman found a kindred spirit in helmer Lasse Hallstrom.

“I’m from the old school. I like melody,” Rahman said. “I didn’t know what Lasse would like.” But it turned out Hallstrom was a big fan of melody as well.

They worked together, communicating via Skype while Rahman was in Los Angeles finishing up “Million Dollar Arm” and Hallstrom was shooting “Journey” 5,000 miles away, in France. They continued via videoconference when Hallstrom returned to New York to edit the film.

Rahman roped Indian songwriter Gulzar as lyricist. One scene was recut to accommodate his music.

“I really liked (the film),” Rahman said. “It gives lots of respect to each (culture), embracing them in subtle ways.”

More Artisans

  • A Hidden Life Movie Austria

    Landscapes, History and Incentives Lure Producers to Austria

    Going back to the sweeping mountain vistas of 1965’s The Sound of Music and the pulse-racing action sequences of 1991’s Point Break, Austria has long been a favored destination for international production. The small, landlocked country boasts medieval villages, fairy tale castles, and the historic city of Vienna, which ruled over various permutations of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and [...]

  • John Wick Chapter 3

    'John Wick: Chapter 3' Tones Down the Blood and Gore to Keep Look 'Totally Real'

    When Jeff Campbell, a visual effects supervisor with VFX studio Spin, initially set to work on the first “John Wick,” the 2014 action thriller from director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, he started with an industry-standard test: Establish a single, simple kill effect meant to get a sense of the look of the violence [...]

  • Spider-Man Homecoming

    Film and TV Productions Are Using Drones for Scouting Locations, Lighting and More

    Since a ruling by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014 that cleared the use of drones in film and TV production, the acquisition of footage by these unmanned flying machines has become de rigueur for aerial shooting in cases when cranes or aircraft are impractical or unsafe.  As such, drones have been greeted enthusiastically not [...]

  • MTV The Challenge

    How 'The Challenge' Relied on Global Crew to Pull Off Plane Game

    Thirty-three seasons into MTV’s “The Challenge,” the reality competition series has spawned a band of traveling producers and engineers who fly around the world to create one-of-a-kind games. This includes placing cameras, smoke elements and a puzzle inside a plane that was suspended more than 30 feet above water. Executive producer Justin Booth joined “The [...]

  • Chaz Ebert DePaul CHA Documentary Filmmaking

    Chicago Program Gives High School Girls Lessons in Documentary Filmmaking

    At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, three of the projects screening in the Short Film Corner — “Birthday,” “Phenomenally Me” and “Without Dying” — will be products of the DePaul/CHA Documentary Filmmaking Program, a six-week course co-sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority in which high school girls learn filmmaking from graduate students and faculty of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content