Welcome back from the snowbound winter wonderland of Ohio, USA. About 24” of snow has fallen over a 48 hour period giving me my first taste of ‘Lake Effect Snow’. But the roads are clear and the houses snug and warm so we can enjoy the beauty of the snow covered landscape.
As I write this ‘The Chronicles of Narnia – Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ directed by Micheal Apted, and with a score by David Arnold, sits at the top of the box office around the world, including the USA and the UK. This has to be one of David’s best scores and is purely orchestral. We recorded it at Air Lyndhurst Hall in London in September.
It was such a treat to get a call from my very good friend Nancy Allen earlier in the summer. Nancy was working on Black Swan with Clint Mansell and Darren Aronofsky and asked if I would assist with some of the dance and rehearsal sequences that need to be recorded to picture. This is a very tricky thing to achieve between having the music fit picture as well as keeping its flow and musicality. But with Nancy’s superb musical sensibility and calmness under extreme pressure the results speak for themselves. The film has been a huge success.
Two scores for Rachel Portman – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Bel-Ami were both recorded in London late summer and should be released early next year. Both very lyrical and beautiful scores as you would expect from Rachel but as ever she gives every score such a unique quality.
Gnomeo and Juliet is a big animation feature for 2011 from Rocket Pictures and Touchstone and is an animated version of Romeo and Juliet. With Garden Gnomes. And it looks fantastic and is very funny. Not convinced. Factor in that it has been directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) and has the vocal talents of James McAvoy, Jason Stratham, Michael Caine, Emily Blunt, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart et-al. Now – add a score by James Newton Howard including full orchestral backing for songs old and new by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and you begin to see what this film is all about. Check it out for yourself in February 2011.
The Warrior’s Way from director Sngmoo Lee with a score by Javier Navattete has just been released. We recorded this score in Wellington, New Zealand with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Paul Broucek from Warner Music oversaw the recording and my old friend Nicholas Dodd from the James Bond scores orchestrated and conducted. It was a great experience.
Finally – back to London to record the score for ‘Paul’ – the new movie from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Directed by Greg Mottola and with a score by David Arnold this was a blast to work on. Lots of studio visitors too with Simon and Nick dropping by and also the wonderful Charlie Higson.
I have started this year to put links to the trailers of the movies I have been involved with on my credit page here.
I’ve revamped the studio equipment when Apple brought out the new MacPro. There is a separate news letter detailing all the stuff for the techno-buffs amongst you.
Writing some new material over the holidays and will be recording these early in 2011. Songs as well as instrumental pieces.
It just leaves me to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2011. Lots of great movie entertainment coming our way in the next few months. Can’t wait.
Chris Cozens. Ohio. USA. December 2010.