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Alan Silvestri talks FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

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Alan Silvestri and FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

FernGully: The Last Rainforest is one of my favorite animated films that doesn’t come from the Walt Disney studio. It tells the story of Crysta, a fairy who lives in the untouched rainforest of FernGully. She is learning to use magic as she will one day be the leader of the fairies. According to their legends, fairies and humans used to be very close until an evil spirit named Hexxus drove them away, presumably to their extinction.

Of course the humans didn’t go extinct, and they’re very close to FernGully even now in the form of loggers cutting the forest down acre by acre. And when the tree containing the spirit of Hexxus is destroyed and the evil spirit is set loose, it’s up to Crysta and her new human friend Zak to stop him.

I absolutely LOVE the music for FernGully, it was composed by Alan Silvestri (of Back to the Future fame) and it will stick with you long after the story is over. One of my favorite pieces from the score is “The Spirit of the Trees” and I hope to talk about that piece at some time in the future. But for now, I have a behind the scenes look at making the overall score that I think you will enjoy.

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Alan Silvestri “Lilo & Stitch” scoring session (2002)

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Alan Silvestri “Lilo & Stitch” (2002)

 Lilo and Stitch (2002) was a Disney film released in the early years after the Disney Renaissance ended (Tarzan (1999) is officially held to be the last film of that era). The film takes place in outer space and in Hawaii and follows escaped genetic experiment 626 as he escapes to planet Earth and passes himself off as a dog to the unsuspecting human populace. While there, he becomes adopted by a young girl named Lilo (who is having her own social problems while being raised by her older sister Nani) who names him “Stitch.” At the same time, Stitch’s creator, Jumba, is trying to recapture him with the help of Agent Pleakley and various escapades ensue. Captain Gantu (Stitch’s original jailer) is also keen to get him back, and very quickly Lilo finds herself in the middle of a really big situation.

The score for this film was created by Alan Silvestri (of Back to the Future fame) and the video above shows clips from several days of scoring sessions. What’s cool about this video is you get to see the big screen with footage from the film playing while the recording process is going on. Most of the footage here appears to be complete, but this is not always the case. Sometimes the composer is given “rough cuts” to work with, perhaps the special effects are missing or the animation is incomplete.

I liked this movie when I went to see it in the theaters, though I admit it’s been a while since the last time I saw it. Unlike previous Disney films, Lilo & Stitch used watercolor backgrounds, which created a very different visual look. Compared to other Disney films released around this time (like Treasure Planet, Atlantis: The Lost Empire or The Emperor’s New Groove), Lilo & Stitch was relatively well-received by the critics. I hope you enjoy this look at the scoring sessions for Lilo & Stitch!

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Alan Silvestri talks Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

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Alan Silvestri talks Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

I know movies based on video games often get bashed as being sub-par (and for good reason most of the time) but as it happens I really like the Lara Croft Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but every time I watch either film, it’s a very enjoyable couple of hours. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, is the sequel and follows Lady Lara Croft as she searches for the mythical Pandora’s Box, a source of overwhelming power, before a rival tries to use it for world domination.

The orchestral score for this film was composed by the legendary Alan Silvestri (perhaps best known for scoring the Back to the Future trilogy and the original Predator, among many other films). This making-of interview located above features Silvestri as he explains how he put the main themes of the film together. There are also several side by side sequences comparing the orchestra with the completed scene (I love moments like that).

The Cradle of Life is far from being the best film ever, but there are some great musical moments, particularly at the end when Lara finds Pandora’s Box. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s worth checking out at least once. Enjoy the interview with Alan Silvestri!

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Alan Silvestri to score Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II

In what can only be described as momentous news for the world of film music, it has now been confirmed that film composer Alan Silvestri will be returning to the MCU to compose the music for Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II!!!

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I am beyond excited by this news. If Silvestri’s name sounds familiar in recent years, that’s because he scored Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) AND The Avenger’s (2012). Also, Silvestri is responsible for such great scores as Back to the Future (1985), Predator (1987), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997) and The Mummy Returns (2001) (amongst many other film scores).

I am a big fan of Alan Silvestri’s composing style, so, even though we have two years to wait just for Part I of Infinity War, I am excited to see what he will come up with!! -Bex

 

*story sourced from: http://www.alansilvestri.com/news-alan-rejoins-the-marvel-universe-with-avengers-infinity-war-part-i-and-part-ii-123.htm