Score: A Film Music Documentary

Score: A Film Music Documentary

By Matt Schrader

  • Genre: Matt Schrader
  • Release Date: 2017-06-16
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Director: Matt Schrader
  • Production Company: Epicleff Media
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 52 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.
  • Frustrating omissions but a fun, informative doc

    By veshecco
    I mostly loved this doc. It’s puzzling that James Horner wasn’t even mentioned until a tribute during the credits (rude) - justice for An American Tail!! Also no mention of MY MAN John Carpenter, which is hugely offensive to me, nor were there any mentions of other greats like Alan Silvestri (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) or Brad Fiedel (Terminator). Plus, I think Bernard Herrmann & Ennio Morricone each deserved a few more mins of screen time. But the focus here was spending time with current composers in the day-to-day of the job - unfortunately, those jobs are on movies like Minions and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation so who really cares.. 🙄 Those issues aside, it’s still a great introduction to this part of music-making and even gives a decent entry point in learning about home recording and self-producing. The biggest a-ha moment for me was someone saying, “We’re now in the Hans Zimmer era” and it suddenly clicking how true that is. I realized he’s sort of the Led Zeppelin of orchestral film scoring - great in his own right, but also responsible for inspiring so much crap that’s followed since. All the generic, ultra dark, strings-as-percussion scores out there are really his babies in a way... I guess I also have to admit this doc made me acknowledge that John Williams probably does deserve the #1 spot in this world, even though he’s not one of my faves. The impact is undeniable. But give me a Bernard Herrmann or Jerry Goldsmith score any day! I hope you get to see this, it’s fun!
  • God of Music - Hans Zimmer

    By Baapu
    This film gives an inside look into the occupation of film score composing. Has several interviews from legends such as Hans Zimmer, etc. Must see for OST collectors.
  • Good Inspirational piece, short on history

    By cosmiccath
    As an overview of the intricasies and importanc eof the scorig of films, this was a great documentary. However, there was too much worship of John Williams when composeres like Silvestri and especially Goldsmith received only minimal mention. Godlsmith was the king of memorable and hugely oroginal scores, with melodies that truly stuck in our heads. Williams is great, sure, but the coverage of his work was about 60% of the story, rather than perhaps 20%. Yes, his work is ubiquitous and larger-than-life, but this is because of timing and his Spielberg exclusivity. Other than this lopsided look at who's who, overall a well done documentary. Entertaining and certainly a motivation for fans as well as those who might be comtemplating a job as a studio musician: by default, the best in the business.
  • I Enjoyed It

    By Londoner31
    I really enjoyed this documentary. It brought back so many memories of listening to soundtracks when I was a kid. John Williams is of course a legend. I was REALLY surprised they didn't mention James Horner, especially his Titanic soundtrack. He also did Glory, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, and Braveheart. I'm stunned there wasn't a segment dedicated to him. But all in all, this is a solid documentary and I learned quite a bit.
  • Introspective, gem of a documentary

    By Megs67
    Excellent documentary that answers the question, “why is film music move us emotionally?” And “how film music changed historically?” There are interviews from many well known and popular composers, film producers and film historians. A definite documentary to watch. The only area I wish they would have added upon is there were very few women film composers interviewed and spotlighted. It left me wondering, is there a reason why there are so few women film composers? Was that a choice of the documentary producers and directors?
  • It Didn't Match My Expectation

    By Semnick01
    At first I thought "finally a doc on score for movies!", but then, at the end, it didn't match my expectation. Only two good things on it: it showed that John Williams indeed is a God when comes to music for films, and a nice homage Iron Jim did for James Horner, during the ending credits. Just that.
  • Missed So Many

    By nettalk
    They missed Korngold, Tiomkin, Waxman, and only a minor comment on Max Steiner. There are so many others they missed spending too much time on present day composers. I love the concept and there should be more but also on those truly great composers that lead the way.
  • 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.
  • 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.