Score: A Film Music Documentary

Score: A Film Music Documentary

By Matt Schrader

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2017-06-16
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Director: Matt Schrader
  • Production Company: Epicleff Media
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 10 Ratings


What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY brings Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: “James Bond”, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Psycho.”




  • Cried...

    By Bass Kahuna
    This documentary made me proud to be a musician... AND, John Williams was touched by God.
  • beezergirl1970

    By Lara Gale
    It is the unstated truth that a great sound score can last much longer in the memory and mean maybe more than the movie does in the long run. This is a really unpretentious story behind some of the great modern composers and how they think with notes and not words or pictures.
  • Review of Score: A Film Music Documentary

    By Naked Rayburn
    I'm not sure what I expected. But this is not about the history of Film music at all. After watching it I'm actually more bothered that they used any history at all since they abandon it for Hanz Zimmer and Trent Reznor interviews. It's basically a quick little primer for middle school kids to help them understand the basics while tracking back from the music of Transformers, Batman, and The Avengers. Apparently The godfather of modern film music is John Williams - and (the genius) Thomas Newman invented delicate piano themes. Jerry Goldsmith is relevant only for Planet of the Apes apparently - and he seems to only fit into their 10 second section on 60s film music addressing jazz in films (no Taxi Driver mention at all, btw). Morriconne and Herrman? They were your parent's film composers. And by the way, children, a film score with rare exceptions (Newman) is almost always a full orchestra or a synthetic version. And ALL good film music has themes for all its characters. Queue the Darth Vader scene for a demonstration. See kids? See how film music works? Unless you want to bow at the alter of John Williams and his disciples or show a film to your 6th grade music class this is pretty much a waste of time. And this is about modern film composition, right? so... there is NO mention at all - none whatsoever - of Vangelis, no Blade Runner, no Chariots, no Maurice Jarre, not even a nod to Lawrence of Arabia in their 'history' section (Darth vader apparently works better for the 6th grade theme demonstration). No Cliff Martinez. Michael Danna gets a sentence. But of course those two don't work primarily in orchestras so they don't rate as much as the composer of Guardians of the Galaxy. Pretty much garbage unless you are into modern cgi action scores. Otherwise a film music documentary for people that have next to no understanding of film music. No mention of the Hitchcock Vertigo soundtrack. Not even a mention. But sure, why not use Herrman's shower scene for your 'demonstration'. Yeah, that's Bernard Herrman's career in a nutshell, isn't it? I hope you get some action from middle schools, cause no one that has any understanding of film music will take this seriously. One other thing, I was wondering why they are pushing so hard for Hans Zimmer's oscar bid for best score. Does it seem interesting to anyone else that they don't even mention Vangelis, or Blade Runner at all? I wondered about for a while. No longer. They are bucking for their boy, not trying to make a responsible documentary about film music.
  • A work of art about art

    By Cairncontent
    In 1989, I remember entering my local movie theater to watch Tim Burton's "Batman" -- a film I was eager to see due to my nerd-like obsession with this comic-book hero. What I didn't expect was to be consumed with the film's dark and edgy score, composed by Danny Elfman. While kids were lining up to get the Batman action figures, t-shirts, and other items stamped with the iconic Batman symbol, I was at my local music store purchasing the soundtrack on cassette. I was mesmerized by Elfman's score. It invigorated an intense sense of imagination and allowed me to think clearly; it calmed my insecurities as a awkward adolescent. Hell, I had to go back and purchase another cassette because I wore-out the first one I bought. From that point on, I didn't watch movies; I listened. I judged all films by their scores. If the music didn't give me the chills and move my imagination, then I wasn't interested. And I can easily name the films that left me with an urgency to buy the soundtrack on cassette, and later on CD. James Horner's "Glory," John Barry's "Dances With Wolves," Basil Poledouris' "The Hunt For Red October," Ennio Morricone's "The Mission," Randy Newman's "The Natural," Jerry Goldsmith's "Hoosiers," Elliot Goldenthal's "Interview with the Vampire" and anything produced by John Williams--all were scores I had playing on repeat throughout my younger years. And later in my adult years, I was heavily influenced by the scores composed by Hans Zimmer, John Debney, Ramin Djawadi, Marc Streitenfeld, Tom Holkenborg, Bear McCreary, and many others. I was obsessed. Still am. In fact, I'm listening to Hans Zimmer's "Gladiator" score while writing this review. And just yesterday, I couldn't hold back my excitement to listen to Zimmer's latest film score: "Blade Runner 2049." I haven't even seen this in the theaters yet, if that tells you anything. Why does all this matter? When watching "SCORE: A Film Music Documentary," I find myself enthused about movie-making again--the craft... the core of what it takes to be an artist. This documentary allows me to see inside the mind of the film score composer. And at the age when I first started listening to film scores, I was heavily influenced by guys like Danny Elfman, James Horner and John Williams--while my friends had Madonna, Bon Jovi, and other pop artists. But I could feel those emotions again, while watching this documentary. It made me feel young again. New. Creative. Watching SCORE was therapeutic for me. It was familiar but invigoratingly fresh. And I was able to once again appreciate what it meant to listen to a film, rather than just watch. Thanks to the film's director and writer, Matt Schrader, and his entire crew for making this work of art. It's allowed me to break through the mundane and wake my child-like imagination to be creative and true to myself.
  • Love at first watch

    By NYUFilmFan
    It’s so full of glorious music, terrific stories and all this lovely film nostalgia.
  • A++ must see

    By Justin Scott Dixon
    Congrats to all on this. This was amazing to watch. Insanely inspiring!
  • Loved every note

    By spaceflowsdark
    A wonderful look at film score creation. And thanks for not forgetting James Horner.
  • Incredible...

    By Winesnob316
    Truly one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Well worth your time and money to watch.
  • Well worth the time

    By Tranque
    Fantastic film that introduces you to the behind-the-scenes of film scoring and introduces us to the greats of the field discussed, analyzed and canonized by their colleagues, proteges and the those that worked alongside side of them. Truly excellent film.
  • Watch It

    By Unhappy sister
    If you love movies, you will appreciate this film.