New Chapter: Allied: Longstanding Relationships Between Composers and Directors

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 13.00.16Another chapter delivered, this time for a new book project – A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis – due for publication in 2020 on Lexington Books as part of their Critical Companions to Popular Directors Series, edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna. The series has included great books on Spielberg and others. In this instance, I explored how the often long working relationships between directors and composers occur and endure, and testing whether an Alan Silvestri score signifies a Bob Zemeckis film (The Witches, due next year, is their 18th collaboration). I was interested in how a long working relationship – when each party is in a position of trust –  allows space for both parties to explore different approaches to story and genre. 

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 13.34.41I’ve done quite a bit of writing and interviewing of composers and directors over the years, including some work around ongoing composer/director relationships and scored Hard, Cracked the Wind myself with director Mark Jenkin. The chapter offered a great time to think about and study the production culture around these kinds of relationship.

There’s a great piece on Alan Silvestri on the Behind the Audio.

About Kingsley Marshall

Dr Kingsley Marshall is a film composer, producer and academic. Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 25 staff working with 500 undergraduates, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 13 awards at international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest, and Mr Whippy (Director: Rachna Suri, 2019). In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short literary adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), premiering in Portland, Orgeon and winning the HP Lovecraft award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. More recently, Kingsley recently completed the score as composer on a film project - Hard, Cracked the Wind - with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film premiered at Encounters Film Festival in September 2019, and has since played festivals across the world including New York Film Festival. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc