Monday, February 7, 2011


A film’s score is equally important as any visual component of a film. Without the score, the ominous shark approaching in Jaws would have been an innocent swim. The shower scene in Psycho would have occurred without suspense. Music tells the audience how to feel. It creeps into our subconscious and affects us—one way or another—influencing the way we watch. One of many great film composers is Danny Elfman. A California native and founder of the band Oingo Boingo, Elfman has created some of the most recognizable scores in film and television (most notably, theme songs for The Simpsons and Batman). He collaborated most of his career with Tim Burton, creating the quirky, whimsical sounds that perfectly compliment Burton’s style. Elfman himself voiced the iconic Jack Skellington in Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas. Elfman has been honored with 4 Academy Awards, one Grammy award, and the Richard Kirk Award in 2002. His credits include: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Beetle Juice (1988), Midnight Run (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Mission: Impossible (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), Planet of the Apes (2001), Spider-Man (2002), Chicago (2002),  Desperate Housewives (TV series) (2007), Milk (2008), Alice in Wonderland (2010).

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