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 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

William Ross is still working as an orchestrator and a composer, but he mostly does TV films now. I'd like to see him do a Hollywood hit. He is talented.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Got wonder the same about some actors who seem to disappear for 20-40 yeas and then resurface many years later. What happened in their life? Was it by choice or by request?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   trstnvnk   (Member)


Hollywood is too busy hiring Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Ramin Djawadi, apparently.


Cause with his dozen films a year, Reznor is indeed stealing work from other composers.

Anyway, considering their style is pretty similar to Zimmer's, it's pretty surprising Mark Mancina, Nick Glennie-Smith and also Trevor Rabin aren't scoring that many films.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   willymcnilly   (Member)

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that these composers have been paid huge money in the hundreds of thousands per project and don't HAVE to work like the rest of us do.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Another major disappointment is Richard Band, who hasn't written a good score in well over 20 years.

I seem to recall reading somewhere that he voluntarily moved away from film scores as he got sick of the process and prefers TV and commercials now.

I have no idea where I saw this.


I think you might be referring to HORROR films specifically, which he has stated several times that he grew tired of scoring and eventually refused to work on.

Problem is... It appears those were the only kinds of projects he was really offered!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

David Shire.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

He wrote so many gentle melodies, and had such mastery of the use of the flute, that ugly side of him is a lamentable surprise.

He was not a well man. His serious mental health issues qualify his behaviour to a large extent. He deserves sympathy, really.

Besides, as someone once said, if it's in the music it's in the man.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I am not an industry person, I am not a professional and I am (sadly) not a "real friend" to anyone famous. But I can answer some of these "Where Are They Now" questions. I won't say how and you're welcome to ignore my words but, this is what I heard.

* Don Davis is deeply talented but also a bit hard to work with. He grew frustrated with how the industry treats him and music and has basically walked away from Hollywood (but also did orchestration work on Toy Story 3, which seems to me as a favor)

* Elliot Goldenthal's situation is pretty well described by Thor. I do have a mutual friend of sorts who said that Elliot is still working and still writing his usual stuff - but "reading between the lines", it comes off more as "he can still write like he use to, just not at the speeds that most films would demand."

* I don't know anyone whos ever worked with Trevor Jones but I do know that he's got a ... Herrmannesque personality. I mean that in the kindest way, as they're both deeply talented men. However, Jones got into a bit of legal trouble when his neighbors sued him to take down the wind turbines powering his house and he more or less to them to get stuffed. Though it certainly doesn't prove his person, it might give you an idea of his character.

* John Corigliano would probably work more in film if he was asked more often. And lets face it: producers aren't knocking on his door for being the guy behind Altered States or Revolution.

* Bill Conti, who is one of my favorites, reminds me a great deal of an old adage: don't be the secretary that has complete loyalty to their boss, because when the boss gets fired, your ass is going too. And though Bill is talented as you can get, he attached himself to other people whos careers have died out (Alvidson being the obvious one) and in the town of "not what you know but WHO you know", well, thems the breaks.

*Graeme Revell has more or less retired from music and has been working on screenplays. I don't know whats come of that though.

*David Newman's career I don't understand. The man can do anything and he gets very little. Ditto David Arnold.

On the other hand, to prove that I may be out of synch, David Shire was notoriously uninterested in returning to film, but David Fincher begged and pleaded several times for him to come back to do Zodiac... so, I could very well be entirely wrong.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Amram was posed to make a major comeback. At one point in 2009 he had three films scores coming:

"Chickadee"
"Visions of Paradise"
"Crashing Wall Street"


Since then the first one has been shelved (or post poned with no year release announced), the second the same thing, and the third has been delayed years.


David Newman has two scoring projects coming soon though (I think both are now recorded):
the CGI "Tarzan"
and "Behaving Badly"

It appears he's concentrating more on concert work and other miscellaneous projects.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

For me, the biggest mystery is what happened to Randy Edelman. And what about Klaus Badelt?

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

You know, I jsut went over to his site and he has a new project:

He is currently scoring the new holiday movie "A Friggin Christmas Miracle" starring Robin Williams.


We're actually getting a new score by Edelman. It's a friggin' miracle.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

And what about Klaus Badelt?

Someone covered this in another thread last week but he's become persona non grata in Hollywood, supposedly over fighting for credit for his work on Gladiator.

He has done some stellar work, particularly Rescue Dawn and The Promise.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

I forgot to mention Teddy Castellucci. He was one of the busiest comedy composers in Hollywood and hasn`t scored a film since 2010. It really would be interesting to find out why all of a sudden super busy composers stop getting assignments.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

It really would be interesting to find out why all of a sudden super busy composers stop getting assignments.

In a lot of cases

1.) They don't like the assignments they're given. Basil Poledouris was bombarded with requests to do more scifi after Starship Troopers and turned them all down.

2.) Overworked. John Powell has been on sabbatical the last year, hasn't he?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Whatever happened to Hummie Mann?

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Whatever happened to Hummie Mann?

Last I heard, he conducted THE GRUDGE 2 for Chris Young...seven years ago. Beats me what's become of him. Hopefully, he's still working. His two scores for Mel Brooks reveal a great deal of talent.

And David Newman's scoring GODS BEHAVING BADLY? (I guess George S. Clinton's work didn't pan out?) Now, I want to see that movie even more. I mean, Christopher Walken as Zeus? This could be the worst movie ever made and I'd still be there with bells on.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Jean Prodromides!

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=94461&forumID=1&archive=0

Prodromides basically started film scoring around 1960, wrote music regularly throughout the 1960s, concentrated mostly on concert music and operas from the 1970s onwards and has seemingly disappeared from film & TV scoring since DANTON.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Juan Carlos García Cortés   (Member)

And what about Klaus Badelt?

Someone covered this in another thread last week but he's become persona non grata in Hollywood, supposedly over fighting for credit for his work on Gladiator.

He has done some stellar work, particularly Rescue Dawn and The Promise.


Badelt is composing the music for a lot of movies in Europe.

Cheers!

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

SBD:
And David Newman's scoring GODS BEHAVING BADLY? (I guess George S. Clinton's work didn't pan out?) Now, I want to see that movie even more. I mean, Christopher Walken as Zeus? This could be the worst movie ever made and I'd still be there with bells on.


Sorry, I meant "Behaving Badly", a different film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

Whatever happened to Hummie Mann?

Last I heard, he conducted THE GRUDGE 2 for Chris Young...seven years ago. Beats me what's become of him. Hopefully, he's still working.


Hummie runs the Pacific Northwest Filmscoring Program:

http://www.pnwfilmmusic.com/instructors

 
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