Hours before accepting the BMI Film/TV Icon Award, the supremely talented composer Alexandre Desplat sat down with film music journalist Jon Burlingame for an exclusive video interview, covering Desplat’s journey into composition, his writing process and his long-time collaboration with legendary director Wes Anderson.
Answering “Did you always want to compose for film?” with an immediate and emphatic “Yes,” the Golden Globe, GRAMMY and Oscar-winning Desplat describes his fascination with the relationship between music and cinema and explains his path into the industry. From his beginnings in short films to working with top filmmakers such as David Fincher, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, Desplat is now one of the world’s most in-demand film composers, with eight Oscar-nominations to his name for his work in films such as The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won him the 2015 Oscar for Best Score.
In this candid conversation, Desplat reveals why he pushes himself to expand his imagination, plus shares his unique vision of music’s role in film. To hear more from the man behind the music, including his thoughts on his Academy Award-winning score and why he still prefers to conduct every piece he writes, don’t miss these videos!