Dose.ca has a new interview with the Music Supervisor for the Twiligh Saga Movies, Alexandra Patsavas.
"Only the most try-hard of Twihards remember the exact rules of vampire baseball. But you might recall hearing Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole” as the Cullen family stepped up to the plate in the first installment of the Twilight Saga. But then, maybe that’s not your favourite Twilight musical moment (scenes involving goofy baseball shirts so infrequently are). Maybe you’re more into swooning along to Iron & Wine’s “Flightless Bird” as Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) slow-dance at their school prom (Twilight). Or gasping over Bella’s near-death visions of Edward as Grizzly Bear’s “Slow Life” burbles up from the watery depths (New Moon). Whatever your favourite Twilight track is, though, Alexandra Patsavas had a part in it.
Dose.ca: Could you tell me how you go about putting together music for a Twilight soundtrack? When does work begin?
Alexandra Patsavas: The work begins once the supervisor is hired and the script is distributed. We [the director, the producers and later, the artists] spend a lot of time during production while the movie’s being shot just starting to talk about music, starting to have a conversation about tone and feel, but the real work begins after the movie is shot so we can start to pair music with footage.
Dose.ca: Is it a different process working on a Twilight movie than any other project you’ve done?
Patsavas: It’s been an incredible process. Of course there’s been three Twilight movies that have been released and a great deal of interest from some pretty particular artists and that’s been really a wonderful experience. And also we’ve had many bands come into the cutting room and really work directly with the director to create music for these movies. Beck came in the cutting room and Lykke Li and Grizzly Bear, Mute Math -- so we’ve had quite a few bands really tailoring music for the movies. Hayley Williams, as well, from Paramore.
Dose.ca: The indie feel you mention -- definitely the last three soundtracks have really embraced indie acts. Why has that been the sound of Twilight?
Patsavas: Well, certainly Stephenie Meyer loves indie music and it does seem to fit the material. It’s what the directors love and if we have -- we’ve had a couple of unsigned bands on the soundtracks as well the greatest artists of our time right now. …We’ve had the great, good fortune of having a lot of submissions, of having a lot of interest from the music community. And these are the songs and the feel that fit the best."
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