I’ve moderated a number of post-screening talks with composers during awards season, most recently Monday night at The Landmark with French composer Alexandre Desplat about his exquisite music for The Danish Girl. Desplat was charming, funny and articulate as always — especially in discussing how his life didn’t change at all after winning the Oscar last year for Grand Budapest Hotel. Last month I interviewed Thomas Newman about his music for Bridge of Spies, also for SCL, on the Walt Disney lot. Both composers stand a strong chance of an Oscar nomination later this week.
I had the pleasure of interviewing composer Blake Neely — along with producers Chris Cowen and Mark Herzog — about his music for the documentary Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope at the Museum of Tolerance. Blake is a versatile composer who never seems to stop working. Here’s a brief story about the evening, sponsored by the Society of Composers and Lyricists.