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The Final Mix
Eastwood, who is known for composing and being closely involved in the creation of his film scores, put together the soundtrack for "Hereafter.” The Australian conductor Ashley Irwin conducted a 22-piece orchestra with Eastwood, Lorenz and Cox in attendance. Eastwood wove Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto into the score, as well as two simple and elegiac themes the director himself composed for the film. Also on hand on the scoring stage was pianist Gennady Loktionov, from Carmel, California, to arrange Eastwood's compositions.

"Clint sits down and writes the music, creating a feeling of what he wants in the overall movie,” says Cox. "He's a jazz person, so he wants that freeform, to let it flow. He likes his scores to be sparse; it's there to support the story.”

The same can be said about Eastwood's touch in the entire process of making the film. While he is clearly in charge of his production, he orchestrated this massive international shoot with his characteristic light touch and good humor. "As a director for 40 years, he knows what kind of environment to create for his crew,” says Damon. "He knows a lot about the various jobs, and how to make it easier on everybody. And as a result, everybody really feels like they get to do their best work, and in a really fun atmosphere, too.”

Kennedy had previously worked with Eastwood and Lorenz on "Bridges of Madison County” and was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them again. "I had an incredible experience with Clint and I'm enormously thankful to be doing this again,” she states. "He's one of a kind.” For Cécile de France, working with Eastwood for the first time was a revelation. "I felt he totally trusts you, so you feel ready to give him all your energy and potential,” the actress says.

"He wants everything to unfold naturally, in terms of letting the actors be spontaneous and moving things along,” says Lorenz, who has worked with the director for over a decade. "He trusts the people that work for him, and creates this fantastic working environment with his presence. It all emanates from him.”

"When you approach a scene in a movie, your intuition is to do it a certain way,” Eastwood offers. "I like to embrace the stories and let them unfold naturally by getting to know the people.

"In this film, each of the three main characters has something the other one needs, not necessarily answers, but a starting point to get on with their lives. They've all just got to do the best they can while they're here.”


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