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 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I can't help but bring these quotes over here from my hero, Elmer. From Facebook:

Bear McCreary
I was fortunate to work with legendary composer Elmer Bernstein for the last decade of his life. He was my mentor, friend & first employer. When I first arrived in LA, from the ages of 18 - 21, I sat in on Elmer's film scoring class at USC & wrote down every single word he said.

I recently discovered my old notebooks ...& found I had underlined 25 Elmer Bernstein quotes that caught my attention as a young composer. The quotes are as relevant today as they were then, and offer a glimpse into Elmer's creative process & political savvy.

For the next five weeks, I will post one Bernstein quote each business day, Quote Number One is...

"Respect the film. You don't have to like it." #ElmerWisdom


Thank you, Bear.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Thanks for that, Henry. As I'm not on Facebook I hope you'll continue these words of wisdom by Elmer via Bear. smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

"Respect the film. You don't have to like it." #ElmerWisdom

I'm not certain he shared the philosophy, but it would explain how Goldsmith was able to get out of bed in the morning.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Great quotation. Morricone, I hope you keep posting McCreary's quotations from Elmer Bernstein and thank you.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I didn't know that Elmer Bernstein conducted a film composition course at U.S.C.. That's interesting to know. Thanks Bear!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Yeah thanks for sharing this. I don't do facebook so looking forward to the next 24 via you.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Yeah thanks for sharing this. I don't do facebook so looking forward to the next 24 via you.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Yeah thanks for sharing this. I don't do facebook so looking forward to the next 24 via you.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

He said three times!

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2013 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

#2 was posted today: "Reactions to movies don't change. Only techniques [for making movies]."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

."Rich chords are not as scary as thin chords."

# 3 ElmerWisdom

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

Strange how someone named "Bernstein" knew someone named "Bear"...





PS: Yeah yeah, I know it's "Berenstain"... just let the serendipity happen!

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

"Assume every person in the theater will experience the score once. Decide what you can communicate that people can absorb right away."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"If you don't enjoy the process, don't get into the business. Enjoy what you're doing, when you're doing it."

# 5 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2013 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

Daily quotes from my Elmer Bernstein film scoring notebooks return! Today's is a gem, one I think about on every project: "Avoid talking about music with the filmmaker. Instead, ask 'What should the audience be feeling?'"

#6 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

My favorite which is probably a totally alien concept to too many on this board:

"People look down on you when you criticize or belittle others. Don't do it."

# 7 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

Quotes from my Bernstein class notebooks return: "No good score will ever be written if the director is always interfering."

#8 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

From Bear McCreary:

"When a director knows exactly what he wants [from the score], he doesn't need a composer."

# 9 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary quote from Elmer:

"I don't think there is anything in your entire life that can confuse you as quickly as a filmmaker."

# 10 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary quote from Elmer:

"Never fear your talented competitors. Fear the charlatans."

# 11 ElmerWisdom

 
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