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 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

What about compiling a list of composers who generally don't accept (or no longer do) autograph requests? It might save not only our time but their as well.

I'd start with:
- Burwell, Carter
- Henson, Christian
- McKenzie, Mark


It is possible that some of those might ocasionaly accept autograph requests in person or any other way, but those are probably the only exception to their rule.

Any additions, anyone???


LOL, Christian Henson? Never heard of him. I guess it's not because he's too famous he won't do an autograph.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)


LOL, Christian Henson? Never heard of him. I guess it's not because he's too famous he won't do an autograph.


Maybe he should do some shitty electronic stuff to appear on your radar.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

While I'll admit I perfer my stuff personalized, at least one composer I know of hates doing it (won't say who).

It doesn't matter too much to me. I like the signature alone on the cover, and I also think it's neat when the composer takes the time to write your name or a message to you on the cover. Either way, it's cool.

Back on topic... the only 2 I knew who wouldn't sign are Burwell (because I read that on his site) and McKenzie (because I contacted him). I was a bit bummed, because I had just really enjoyed the scores to Blizzard and Dragonheart: A New Beginning, but it is his choice.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Leonard   (Member)

What about Elfman? I heard he doesn't fulfill signing requests anymore.

Burwell is really impossible to get, however I've seen his signature once. There's a lucky guy who got Fargo signed.

Really shame that Mark McKenzie doesn't seem to do autographs. It would be so great if he could sign Blizzard, my favourite christmas score ever. But I have seen his autograph on a Warlock: The Armageddon cover in the web.

James Horner seems to be really hard to get, at all. There's a limited to 50 edition of Avatar scores signed by Cameron and Horner. I wish I could manage to get one of them.

Although I hate it when composers decline signing their scores, I respect it. Since I really appreciate the music of all the composers, I respect every opinion of them about autographs.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

What about Elfman? I heard he doesn't fulfill signing requests anymore.

My theory (and this ain't based on nothing) is that not only is Elfman constantly working - but possibly because of the work he does (Tim Burton movies, superhero stuff let alone Batman...) he might get even more frequent requests than many others. Also, the whole goth or... emo or whatever they call themselves now, tend to really love him (and Oingo Boingo), so theres another factor compounding it.

Hes obviously not against it (I saw some Nightmare Before Christmas CDs signed a couple years back) but I don't think he has a lot of time to do it either.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

What about Elfman? I heard he doesn't fulfill signing requests anymore.

Maybe he does from time to time. There is Taking Woodstock CD on ebay (song album) signed by Elfman, relisted for several times, no interest...

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

What about Elfman? I heard he doesn't fulfill signing requests anymore.

Maybe he does from time to time. There is Taking Woodstock CD on ebay (song album) signed by Elfman, relisted for several times, no interest...


I have seen it too... I'd probably get it if it was score album instead. He obviously signs from time to time and he signed some CDs at last year's comicon, I think.
btw, I slightly update the opening post.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

John Morgan does autographs, but I refuse to pay the $35 he charges people, especially when he invariably gets rib sauce on whatever it is he's signing.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

What about Elfman? I heard he doesn't fulfill signing requests anymore.

Maybe he does from time to time. There is Taking Woodstock CD on ebay (song album) signed by Elfman, relisted for several times, no interest...


Yeah, he's fairly difficult, but would probably do it if the occasion was right.

I have his signature on a MODERN VAMPIRES poster myself, also signed by his brother, Richard Elfman (who directed it). It was actually given to me by Richard's ex-girlfriend, of all people, since we used to communicate a bit back in the early 2000's.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 2:21 AM   
 By:   Juanki   (Member)

Where did all you get these? smile
I suppose Soncinemad? but some of those weren't even released yet.


I got "Romancing the Stone" signed at Soncinemad. Also got Elfman's The Nightmare Before Christmas thanks to a contest!

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 2:21 AM   
 By:   Juanki   (Member)

Where did all you get these? smile
I suppose Soncinemad? but some of those weren't even released yet.


I got "Romancing the Stone" signed at Soncinemad. Also got Elfman's The Nightmare Before Christmas thanks to a contest!

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

What about Elfman?


Didn't he just recently sign 1000 cardboard singles?

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

well, what about the others? we should expand both lists a little bit...

has anyone ever get anything through mail from any of the following?

Craig Armstrong
Angelo Badalamenti
Bruno Coulais
Mychael Danna
Alexandre Desplat
Patrick Doyle
Cliff Eidelman
George Fenton
Robert Folk
Michael Giacchino
Elliot Goldenthal
Christopher Gordon
Harry Gregson-Williams
Adrian Johnston
David Julyan
Michel Legrand
Andrew Lockington
Dario Marianelli
Joel McNeely
Randy Newman
Thomas Newman
Michael Nyman
John Powell
Graeme Revell
Philippe Rombi
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Philippe Sarde
John Scott
Edward Shearmur
Frederic Talgorn
Gabriel Yared
Marcelo Zarvos
Hans Zimmer


those are some I have tried to contact (could find some others on the list). I have seen signatures of most but no idea if they are signing upon request and there is a way to approach them or they do so only occasionaly at some special events. Based on the number of signatures I´ve seen I suppose Giacchino might be the most approachable on the list if you know the way to get to him...
Anyone have any experiences to share about any of the above?

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 4:01 AM   
 By:   Tester   (Member)

Silvestri's signature seems pretty easy to mimic with a little practice. Then you simply tell everybody that it's the real thing and that's it; The chances of encountering a graphologist who's also a soundtrack fan are minimal.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 4:15 AM   
 By:   Leonard   (Member)

What about Elfman?


Didn't he just recently sign 1000 cardboard singles?


That's true but he doesn't seem to sign covers trough mail anymore.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

Silvestri's signature seems pretty easy to mimic with a little practice. Then you simply tell everybody that it's the real thing and that's it; The chances of encountering a graphologist who's also a soundtrack fan are minimal.

what´s the point of doing that?
you only lie to yourself, so I don´t understand why mimic another persons autograph...
well maybe to trigger the price if selling the CD,but otherwise, no...

And i.m.o an autograph only counts if you meet the person and have a handshake too (maybe a photo together), but sending for an autograph by mail, sucks as it isn´t THAT personal...

The once you get when ordering from LLLR etc is cool, but the composer signed 100+ without knowing to whom, but if he looks you in the eye and sign it...there´s love wink

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Tester   (Member)

Silvestri's signature seems pretty easy to mimic with a little practice. Then you simply tell everybody that it's the real thing and that's it; The chances of encountering a graphologist who's also a soundtrack fan are minimal.

what´s the point of doing that?
you only lie to yourself, so I don´t understand why mimic another persons autograph...
well maybe to trigger the price if selling the CD,but otherwise, no...

And i.m.o an autograph only counts if you meet the person and have a handshake too (maybe a photo together), but sending for an autograph by mail, sucks as it isn´t THAT personal...

The once you get when ordering from LLLR etc is cool, but the composer signed 100+ without knowing to whom, but if he looks you in the eye and sign it...there´s love wink


Well, I don't care very much about autographs, not even if you meet the person in an autograph signing event... it's something that has zero emotional charge: he somehow feels compelled to give it to you but that's all, it doesn't mean anything to him, he'll probably forget you in less than a minute. What I consider real autographs (that is, with a good story) are extremely rare.

So what's the point of being an autograph chaser? mainly, show off your trophies to others; faking some of them wouldn't be a big difference for your audience if what you need is love and admiration smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Autographs are silly and a waste of time.






lol

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Well, I don't care very much about autographs

Then why you trollin the thread, bro?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2011 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

well, what about the others? we should expand both lists a little bit...

has anyone ever get anything through mail from any of the following?

Craig Armstrong
Angelo Badalamenti
Bruno Coulais
Mychael Danna
Alexandre Desplat
Patrick Doyle
Cliff Eidelman
George Fenton
Robert Folk
Michael Giacchino
Elliot Goldenthal
Christopher Gordon
Harry Gregson-Williams
Adrian Johnston
David Julyan
Michel Legrand
Andrew Lockington
Dario Marianelli
Joel McNeely
Randy Newman
Thomas Newman
Michael Nyman
John Powell
Graeme Revell
Philippe Rombi
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Philippe Sarde
John Scott
Edward Shearmur
Frederic Talgorn
Gabriel Yared
Marcelo Zarvos
Hans Zimmer


those are some I have tried to contact (could find some others on the list). I have seen signatures of most but no idea if they are signing upon request and there is a way to approach them or they do so only occasionaly at some special events. Based on the number of signatures I´ve seen I suppose Giacchino might be the most approachable on the list if you know the way to get to him...
Anyone have any experiences to share about any of the above?


Although I've never written to any of them, I did get to actually meet John Scott and Cliff Eidelman at an SPFM event once. Both graciously signed their autographs for me. John Scott actually posed for photos. Maybe it was just the time and place, I dunno.

 
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