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    Talking the 'Her' Score with Arcade Fire Oscar Nominee William Butler

    Oscar-nominated William Butler's first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze's "Her" with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process.

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    From Music Editor to Oscar Winning Composer: The Surprising Story Behind the Music of 'Gravity'

    When Steven Price came on to "Gravity," it was for a short two-week music editing gig; when he left, he'd spent a year on the project as the film's composer. At first, Price was brought on to help with an internal studio screening for Alfonso CuarĂ³n's technologically-stunning space epic and the two...

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    Sundance Production Diary: Ira Sachs on Sound Mixing 'Love is Strange' at Skywalker Sound

    Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On") returns to Sundance this year with his latest, "Love is Strange," starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a gay married couple in New York, forced to live apart. Prior to its world premiere in Park City, Sachs provided Indiewire with an exclusive excerpt from his ...

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    'Gravity' Set to Dominate Oscar Craft Nominations: Talking the Film's Sound, Music and Editing

    As we approach Wednesday's Oscar voting deadline, at least one thing's for certain: "Gravity" is a lock for a majority of the craft nominations. We've already covered production design, cinematography, and VFX in depth, so now let's look at the corresponding design for sound and music, which were ma...

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    'All Is Lost' Is Far from Silent, Even with No Dialogue (VIDEO)

    In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. Even though J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out o...

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    Review: A Decade After Qatsi Trilogy, Avant-Garde Cine-Poem 'Visitors' Marks Godfrey Reggio's Triumphant Return (NEW TRAILER)

    UPDATE: Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors" will be released via Cinedigm beginning January 24, 2014. It is presented by Steven Soderbergh, with a score by Philip Glass. Read our TOH! review out of the New Orleans Film Festival, plus check out the film's new trailer, below.

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    First-Time Feature Composer Ryan Amon Scores Neill Blomkamp's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Elysium'

    The email was unexpected and short--a single sentence: "Is this you?"--with a YouTube link and a signature from a name Ryan Amon didn't recognize: Neill Blomkamp. "It's a little bit embarrassing," Amon says of his first reaction to the message: "I had to Google his name!" When he did so, of course,...

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    'World War Z' Composer Marco Beltrami Had to Pull Back "Aggressive" Score, Featuring Skulls, Emergency Sirens

    The term 'family movie' might not be the first thing that comes to mind to describe "World War Z," the upcoming Brad Pitt-driven zombiepocalypse flick that pits a group of government workers against a pandemic of the undead. But that's exactly how composer Marco Beltrami--who has worked on the scor...

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    Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Music Oscar Race

    Like cinematography, production design, editing, and sound, the Oscar-nominated music scores are all organically tied to their movies in very personal ways. So it's hard to pick a winner among such stalwarts as Alexandre Desplat ("Argo"), Thomas Newman ("Skyfall"), Mychael D...

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    Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Sound Oscar Races

    While "Argo" might be the Oscar frontrunner for sound editing and mixing, jarring and humoring us with a bizarre Iranian hostage rescue mission, all of this year's nominees create fascinating soundscapes: "Django Unchained" offers a spirited yet analogue-like experience associated with the spaghetti...

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