Versatility and adaptability are key qualities if want to keep working in the ever-changing film industry, and composer Ilan Eshkeri has shown those skills across a variety of movies. From period drama “The Young Victoria,” to comic book mayhem in “Kick-Ass,” rom-coms like “I Give It A Year” and “Austenland,” and fantasies such as “Stardust,” Eshkeri has shown a remarkable ability to roll with the demands of different films and deliver at a high level. That’s the case for “Still Alice,” and today we have an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at his work on the film.
Led by Julianne Moore, the film tells the story of a university professor who slowly succumbs to early onset Alzheimer’s disease, as she deals everything she’s accomplished in her life and career vanishing from her memory. It’s tough material that requires an nuanced hand, and as Esherki sees it, his job is to find the “emotional soul” of the film. As you see in this featurette, every decision from the placement of notes, to the instruments utilized, is carefully considered to realize his vision and that of the filmmakers.
“Still Alice” is now playing in limited release, and the soundtrack hits shelves on January 13th. Watch below.