Sunday, November 15, 2009

Above the line

I still sit incredulous at the sheer brilliance and importance of a film composer. Not only does the music brand the film, but it can transport, manipulate, and coax even the most jaded of listeners.

A few of the most sought after and acclaimed composers in the past and present that are worth looking out for...

John Williams. The juggernaut film composer who has created some of the most recognizable and loved film scores in Hollywood. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, Home Alone, and Harry Potter to mention a few.

Franz Waxman. Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window

Bernard Herrmann. Psycho, North by Northwest, Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, The Twilight Zone, The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)

Alfred Newman. All About Eve, Anastasia, The King and I, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Wuthering Heights

Hans Zimmer. Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator, The Dark Night, Frost/Nixon, The Thin Red Line

Howard Shore. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Ed Wood, Silence of the Lambs, Dead Ringers, The Fly, Seven, Philadelphia, Big