Which composer have you learnt the most from?
Probably Howard Shore on The Lord of the Rings, simply because we spent so much time with him. It was a hell of an operation. We took over a whole floor at the Dorchester and had people on a 24-hour basis working in shifts. Then Peter Jackson used to bring his whole team from New Zealand, so we used to find and rent a house for Peter and his family. He was constantly editing over here while we were recording; we were constantly having to redo things. The head of music at New Line at the time, Paul Broucek, was amazing and always very supportive. He was very good at dealing with the intense political stuff that always came up.
Is there anything that you’ve watched recently where you were really impressed with the soundtrack?
I saw Twilight: Eclipse, and I loved what Howard [Shore] did on this one. It made good use of songs in relationship to the score. I also thought The Hurt Locker was amazing and really brave because it had no music in it at all. I’m probably not supposed to say that!
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