SCORE: A Film Music Documentary Heads To Kickstarter

By Matt Schrader

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CREATORS: Director Matt Schrader, Executive Producer Trevor Thompson, Director of Photography Kenny Holmes, Producers Nate Gold and Jonathan Willbanks, associate producer Crystal Chavarria.



Score to tell the stories behind the world's most beloved music

Fundraising for the film music documentary kicks off on February 15th

They say that behind every great movie is a great score.  But do you know the story behind every great score?

Today, my film SCORE: A Film Music Documentary launches on Kickstarter to raise funds to finish the first documentary on the creative process of leading film composers, including Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Powell and many others.

So much attention is paid to what happens in front of the red light of a motion picture camera, but as a lifelong fan of film music I was always interested in the magic that unfolds under the red light of the studio scoring stage.

Like many children born in the 1980s and 1990s, the impact of film scores spread far beyond the movie theater or television. My own adventures in the backyard or with friends were scored by soundtracks of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars – or at least what I could remember from them. But as far as my 10-year-old self was concerned, those adventures in my suburban neighborhood may just as well have been in a galaxy far far away.

Interviewing David NewmanLikewise, film scores inspired countless ballet and figure skating routines for my sister. Though I'd never seen the full movie, I'll never forget the piano waltzes of John Debney's The Princess Diaries.

Film music touches our lives in so many ways, so when a longtime friend and fellow journalist Trevor Thompson discussed the idea of a documentary, we knew we had to make it happen. And with both of us coming from arguably the best university for film production (University of Southern California) – we knew we could.

Fast forward six months – we've put together perhaps the most definitive collection of demonstrations and interviews from Hollywood composers. We can finally explore in depth why film scores gives us goosebumps (and equally important, how they do that).

SCORE gives viewers the opportunity to take a journey alongside some of the world's greatest musicians, as they create some of the world's greatest music, highlighting the ups and downs of the creative process — a process with as many highs and lows as the winding melodies we've come to love.

Launching Feb. 15 on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, we're offering some neat perks to those who help us get on our feet.  Smaller donations are rewarded with T-shirts, DVDs and Blu-rays, and all donors of $18 or more will get a thank-you in the film's end credits. Larger donations allow fans opportunities to write questions to ask composers, or even fly to Los Angeles to attend the movie premiere, or snag coveted autographed memorabilia.

buck sanders at workFans can watch as artists fight writer's block, and time, to deliver a score before the deadline passes.  They can learn why these geniuses are considered to be the Mozarts and the Michelangelos of our day, and why many believe there is another Renaissance occurring right before our eyes.

Above all, it's my personal mission to make SCORE as accessible to the public as possible. We want to share the joy of film music – and the appreciation of these composers' talents – with the world. Tapping into composers like Howard Shore, Christophe Beck, Tyler Bates, John Debney, Marco Beltrami, Richard Sherman, Patrick Doyle, Deborah Lurie, Mervyn Warren, Christopher Young as well as legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and director/producer Garry Marshall – we have no doubt something special is in the works.

We can't wait for you to hear it.

You can learn more about SCORE on its Kickstarter page, or at If SCORE meets its crowdfunding goal of $40,000, it plans to release to the public in November.

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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