Kill Bill: Volume 2: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Once Upon A Time In Mexico director, Robert Rodriguez, is set to compose the score for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill sequel! The composer has composed all of his own films, and made the announcement on Wednesday that he'd be scoring for Tarantino.
For most of his lecture, Rodriguez discussed how he made the leap from filmmaker to composer on such films as "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." But he also talked of how composers need to empower themselves and try to get in earlier in the process.
"These are dangerous times, where people's scores get tossed out at the last second and another composer is brought in two weeks before release," Rodriguez said. "When was the last time you heard an actor was replaced on a movie after he shot his entire performance? For some reason, composers aren't treated the same way as the other collaborators, even though their job is just as important to the emotional content of the movie. And I didn't realize that until I started composing.
"Right now, music is an afterthought," he added. "But it shouldn't be that way."
Rodriguez suggested that composers are sometimes treated as if they are disposable because their work process "seems like voodoo" to directors and producers.
He said composers need to come in much earlier in the moviemaking process, and he advised composers to talk to not only a film's director but also its actors and screenwriters, even going so far as to look at past script drafts for insight.
"Write from a place of character," Rodriguez said. "If you can't feel it, how will your audience feel it?"
Rodriguez also gave the many composers in the room an exercise: Write a theme for your parents and children, and then set it to a home movie. He gave an example of how he did that with his own mother. "I dare you to not bawl your eyes out," he said as he choked up at the memory of his experiment.