Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Creative Process of Composer Christopher Young is Peculiar (But So Awesome)

The difference between a good movie and a great movie can often come down to the score.

Writing music that captures the themes, tones, and even character arcs of a film takes a lot of wisdom that couldn't be summed up in a single article on this site, but maybe understanding the creative process of a Hollywood composer is a good place to start. In this episode of Academy Originals' Creative Spark, composer Christopher Young (Spider-Man 3, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Drag Me To Hell) details his peculiar approach to composing music for film.

Be as weird as you need to be — I think that's the first lesson we can all learn from Young about kickstarting your creativity. (Who doesn't like to get weird when doing that?) Mash piano keys like a toddler? Scat into your phone for days on end? Wear awesome dernier cri paint splatter shirts? Seriously, where do I sign up and who stole my pen?

The second lesson is crucial, too, though, and that's to know when you should look outward for advice and ideas, and when you should hunker down and be inside of your own head.

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