Danny Elfman Does a Movie Good

February 19, 2009
Composer Danny Elfman, the music man behind Milk, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Elfman recently appeared on Los Angeles public radio station KCRW to talk about his experiences in composing for a film steeped in gay history. Elfman joined Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley as part of Bentley's "Music Behind the Movies" series. Here are a few choice snippets: --  On Van Sant: "Getting into any project with Gus means I'm going to go in a lot of different directions and mess around with a lot of different ideas. With another director, that can be very frustrating. Trying to hone in on 'What do you want for this movie?' With Gus it's more of a process of fun experimentation." --  On his creative process: "I don't do research going into a movie. I think the least I know the better. I like to forget that I've even read the script, even though I do read the script because the more prepared I am in the beginning, the more it sends me down a specific direction which may not be the right direction...So I started with a real blank slate other than -- don't mess this up. Except I didn't use the word mess, but we're live on the air." To listen to the interview in its entirety, please click here.