Cinephellas Podcast – Episode 13 (Interview with Matt Schrader)

Complementary Rhythms: A Conversation with Matt Schrader

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

On this episode of the Cinephellas Podcast we have my conversation with Matt Schrader, making his directorial debut with Score: A Film Music Documentary. Matt provides keen insight into how this film was made. We discuss how his previous career as a major network news producer influenced his approach to directing, his favorite cinematic memories, and the difficulties of making a fact-based documentary in the era of Fake News. The conversation made me want to see the movie ten more times; I hope it gets you excited, too.

Score is an in-depth look at how composers create the sonic landscapes that bring movies to life. The documentary explores relationships between visual and aural rhythms, as well as the neurological effects of music on moviegoers. Some of the industry’s most prolific composers, directors, and producers, including Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Inception, and the Dark Knight), James Cameron (Titanic and Avatar), Danny Elfman (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, The Simpsons, and The Nightmare Before Christmas), Quincy Jones (Roots, The Color Purple, and Get Rich or Die Tryin’), John Williams (The Star Wars series, Jaws, and E.T.), Randy Newman (Ragtime, The Toy Story series, and Cars), and Trent Reznor (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl), discuss their individual artistic processes. You will never watch — or listen to — a movie the same way again.

There’s already a great buzz surrounding Score. It made its world premier at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2016 and drew praise at this year’s Santa Barbara Film Festival. You can catch it in wide release on June 16th. I give Score 5 out of 5 hairpieces for an inspiring journey of discovery through the history of soundtrack recording, brought to life by an astute first-time director. Don’t forget to follow Matt Schrader on Instagram (@mdschrad) and on Twitter (@mattschrader). You can also find out more information about Matt’s partner on this project, Gravitas Ventures, by clicking here.


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