Disney Music Group, in association with Treefort, is planning to debut “For Scores”, a series of podcasts featuring interviews with film and TV composers from major Hollywood studios. The podcast will be hosted by Variety’s Jon Burlingame (whose books include The Music of James Bond), as he draws out the vision, challenges and “emotional journeys” of the musical storytellers in question.
The guests and episodes are detailed here:
EPISODE 1: Alan Silvestri (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) – Composer Alan Silvestri talks with host Jon Burlingame about his work on four films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including “Avengers: Endgame.” Alan also reveals the emotional process he goes through, how it has shaped his work in the film industry over the decades and how despite the wide range of movies he’s worked on, that it’s all still a terrifying mystery to him.
EPISODE 2: Pinar Toprak (Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” Pixar’s SparkShort “Purl”) –Composer Pinar Toprak speaks with host Jon Burlingame about her amazing journey from studying violin at a conservatory in her homeland of Turkey, to becoming the first woman to score a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She shares stories about the soundtrack that most influenced her career, her work scoring popular video games and the panic attack that helped her come up with the theme for “Captain Marvel.”
EPISODE 3: Harry Gregson-Williams (“Penguins”) – Composer Harry Gregson-Williams tells host Jon Burlingame how he helped make penguins seem even more charming and funny in Disneynature’s “Penguins.” They go on to discuss why Harry actually enjoys the stress of conducting his own scores and how his own children are both his best audience and critics. Harry also gives a sneak peek into the music for the upcoming live-action “Mulan” film.
EPISODE 4: Henry Jackman (“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Big Hero 6”) – In this first of two episodes with composer Henry Jackman, he tells host Jon Burlingame how he rebelled against the classical music and choir singing of his childhood in England with drums and pop music. He also reveals how a surprise call from the legendary Hans Zimmer led to his career in film scoring, as well as the secret homage he made to John Williams’ iconic music from “Star Wars” in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”
All four episodes will be available to download from August 23rd. Four more episodes are scheduled for the fall and into 2020. Visit ForScores.com for more information.