New Chapter: Director/Composer Relationships

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 13.00.16Another chapter accepted, this time for a new book project on film director Bob 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’m exploring 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’m interested in how a long working relationship -when each party is in a position of trust – can allow 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 have spent the last few months working on the score myself for a film with director Mark Jenkin, so 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 at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, 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 HP Lovecraft adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), which began its festival journey in 2019. 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 completed principal photography in Autumn 2018, and is currently in post production. 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