Presenting SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

Micah Lally uncovers SCORE: A Documentary about Music made for Film

The creative geniuses of the likes of Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman have proven that a composed score provides essential life to its film. What is Star Wars without the work of John Williams? The Lion King’s emotional impact wouldn’t be as strong without its music. Even the success of a movie trailer is defined by the audio played over it. Film scores are vital to the industry, and yet the talent goes wildly unrecognized.

Matt Schrader is presenting SCORE: A Film Music Documentary to right that wrong. The film focuses on answering the question “What makes a score unforgettable?” Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, James Cameron, and their peers are interviewed to help give insight into the magic that is composing music for films. It isn’t an easy process, and the film shines a light on how these renowned artists fight the creative struggle and overcome the challenge.

“SCORE” will analyze film scores from concept to recording, and share just what it takes to create a score that moviegoers will hum and remember for years to come. Featuring some of the industry’s most recognized names, the art, and history of film music will get an up close and personal viewing and the spotlight it deserves.

As Leonard Maltin, respected film critic and historian, says in his interview, “Music has tremendous driving power within the narrative of any film.” Many people would agree. A particular scene’s emotional impact is delivered by the music that accompanies it. Whether it’s the sensation of excitement and adventure that Hans Zimmer provides as Captain Jack Sparrow sails off in Pirates of the Caribbean, or the fantastical, hopeful shared moment of friendship as Sam and Frodo move on their way to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings, we connect with films via music.

Music is emotion, and no one can deny its power over us as a species. Emmy Award-winning producer and director, Matt Schrader, is working to demonstrate that idea through a first-of-its-kind, feature-length documentary. With Robert Kraft and Trevor Thomspon linked as producers, the film is in its post-production stages. Epicleff Media is a Los Angeles-based production company that focuses on crafting nonfiction projects with journalistic value. It’s a perfect match for a film that wants to highlight and under-credited part of the filmmaking process.

SCORE was financed by contributions made on, where it reached 201% of its funding on January 10, 2016. Due to its incredible success via crowdfunding, the film was able to broaden the scope of its production and become even greater than anticipated. Its team believes that it will be “the most definitive work on the art of film music,” and they very well may be right.
SCORE: A Film Music Documentary makes its world premiere on October 8, 2016, at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Offering support and recognition to the film music industry, it is sure to be an incredible piece. Not only will it feature the personal thoughts and stories of some of the most recognized film composers in the business, but it will also shine a light on another group of unsung heroes: the performers in the orchestras who create the sounds that are so very valuable.

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary is a documentary like no other before, and its value cannot be overstated. You can learn more about the film and its campaign at its official website and keep updated on its progress via its Facebook page. Though funding is now closed, you can still offer your support and encouragement to such a spectacular project.

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