RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
...And Legendary Music Surround Them
The role that music plays in "Guardians" cannot be understated. The filmmakers
knew they needed a score that was as sweeping and heroic as the story itself.
When it came to finding the right composer to do the job, four-time Academy
Award nominee Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech," "Fantastic Mr. Fox") was
the only name the "Guardians" team had in mind.
"There is much more music in 'Guardians' than is found in the average
live-action film," says Desplat, who conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in
the recording of his original compositions. "It practically runs throughout the
whole movie. The goal with the score, which is primarily a symphonic one -
though I did bring in a few babies of mine, like saxophones and a fantastic
cimbalom - was to emphasize every moment of joy, sadness and soul so that
audiences would be able to dive with the characters into their worlds."
"We began meeting with Alexandre over two years ago, so by the time he began
writing the music, he was as familiar with the story and characters as we were,"
says Steinberg. "I think that what we tried to do was emphasize every moment of
joy and soul throughout the film, so that we are not be distant from the
characters - we dive with them into their world so it is all very exciting,
emotional, and real. With Alexandre, his music became a new character in our
film. His score adds richness, tenderness and humor, all of which support the
characters and emotion of the story."
Ramsey is also thrilled with the results.
"Alexandre worked furiously for months on the music," he says. "It's perfect.
Magical and fun, it's the crown on our film. I predict there won't be a dry eye
in the house when audiences hear it."
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