Danny Elfman who’s receiving the Max Steiner Film Achievement Award for his career in composing many classic scores spoke with Billboard recently on working on Justice League, and within the interview he spoke on working with director Joss Whedon and their collaborative relationship.
ON RECORDING THE SCORE WITH JOSS WHEDON AND THE UNUSUAL SCHEDULE THEY TEND TO WORK ON
Abbey Road and Air. On my god, we had nine days of 12-hour recording sessions using both studios. It was crazy. It’s funny, I’ve only worked with [director] Joss [Whedon] twice, but they’re both been insane situations. I was joking with him at the end, “It would be great to do something normal where we actually have a regular schedule instead of these hyper-reduced schedules.” On the other hand, i like challenges and I love Joss, so it was all good.
ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH JOSS WHEDON
It was the same as when I worked with him on Ultron. He appreciates melodies and pieces. He’s like, “Oh, you’ve given it identity here!” There was a moment where the Batmobile shoots out of a thing and he goes, “Go batshit crazy here! Batman the shit out of it!” When I’m using the Batman theme, I’m using the melodic sense of it, I’m wasn’t doing full-on Batman, and there’s a moment when he says, “No, right here, Full on!”
ON WHAT HE THINKS OF JOSS WHEDON’S MUSICAL INSTINCTS
I think they’re great and he loves doing little things like that that are pure fan excitement: “Do John Williams here, Batman the shit out of this moment.” He knows how fans think. Give them these little things and let them enjoy it.
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