Sounds of Romance: Building the Soundtracks
Little is more important in a romantic
drama about the fight to keep the one you
love than the music that encapsulates those
intense emotions. To create a soundtrack that
incorporated each mood experienced by Jade
and David, Feste worked closely with producer
Schwartz. She shares: "Josh and I wanted a
young, fun soundtrack for this film, but it
was also important to utilize music that takes
us through the ups and downs of David and
Jade's relationship and their intense growth."
To compose the film, Feste sought out
award-winning artist Christophe Beck, who
has scored such beloved teen movies as
Pitch Perfect and Crazy, Stupid, Love., not to
mention drafted the signature sounds for the
teen series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Of his
interest in the project, Beck shares: "What
made Endless Love fun was the challenge
of scale. Young love isn't a soaring, operatic
adventure; it's a much more intimate experience.
So in approaching the music, Shana and I had
to find balance between keeping the size of the
musical ideas appropriate for the self-discovery
and introspection that are central to the story,
but still evoke the timelessness that people feel
when they reflect on their earliest experiences
of falling in love."
Brought aboard to perform the film's theme
was a beloved duo. Over the past 13 years,
twin sisters TEGAN and SARA QUIN have
built an avid global fan base with songs such
as "Walking With a Ghost" and "Alligator."
The duo's hit singles have been covered by
the likes of The White Stripes and Passion Pit.
Intimately familiar with teenage angst and the
power of falling in love for the first time, Tegan
and Sara have appeared on The CW's 90210.
Schwartz, however, became a big fan of the duo
after seeing them perform at Coachella in 2005.
Discussing the filmmakers' choice,
Schwartz enthuses: "Coming from Gossip
Girl and The O.C., I knew the importance of
courting musicians that speak intimately to
our core audience. Tegan and Sara understood
the tone we were going for with the music and
delivered in a manner that knocked us out."
In addition to the contributions of Beck
and Tegan and Sara, the soundtrack-brought
together by accomplished music supervisor
RANDALL POSTER-features fun-loving
songs including FRANZ FERDINAND's
"Right Action," NONONO's "Pumpin Blood
(The Jane Doze Remix)" and CULT's "Go
Outside," and such romantic ballads as LORD
HURON's "Ends of the Earth," ECHOSMITH's
"Surround You" and THE BIRD AND THE
BEE's "All Our Endless Love," featuring
Feste sums up the contributions of the
multiple artists who brought to life Endless
Love's soundtrack and themes: "Our goal with
this movie was to seamlessly merge David and
Jade's feelings for one another into a cohesive
soundtrack. From the incredible talents
of Randall and Christophe to Tegan and Sara's
recording of our theme song, 'Don't Find
Another Love,' I know that we have taken the
audience along the gamut of the emotions
felt by our hero and heroine, especially
faith, hope and love."
With production wrapped, the cast and
crew reflect on lessons learned from the shoot.
Concludes Stuber: "In the film, there's a
beginning love story between Jade and David,
who are figuring out who they're going to be
in the world. Then there is this decaying love
story between Jade's parents, and we wonder
if they can possibly figure it out. Love is a
complex thing; it's a muscle that has to be
worked out. Shana has shared so much of the
complexity of love in this film. It's not just
about the people you meet here....it's about
love in its broadest terms."
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