Film score composer Thomas Newman revealed in a speech this week in Syracuse, New York that he is writing the score for Pixar’s 2014 feature The Good Dinosaur. Newman’s speech was part of the Film Talk Series, a Syracuse Film Festival program co-sponsored by Le Moyne College and Syracuse University.
The Dolphin, Le Moyne College’s student newspaper, reported on Newman’s speech where he talked about his own history, his style of music, and his creative process. He also gave advice to aspiring musicians.
“You have to have the desire to get something going. You have to keep writing. Andrew Stanton [director of WALL-E and Finding Nemo] has said, ‘It pays to love what you do, ‘cause you’ll get the s*** kicked out of you anyway.’ We’ll always do more than we feel we’re rewarded for. You have to settle in for the long haul.”
Newman has written scores for many live action films (The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, and Skyfall, among others) and two animated films from Pixar (Finding Nemo, WALL-E). About writing musical scores for animation, Newman said that the process “is a lot different. In live-action, you can settle on a mood or tone that lasts for a long time. In animation, the tone is shifting every two or three seconds. There’s a lot more writing, a lot more notes.”
The Good Dinosaur, Pixar Animation Studios’ 15th animated feature film, is scheduled to be released May 30, 2014. It is being directed by Bob Peterson (writer, Finding Nemo; co-director/writer, Up) along with co-director Peter Sohn (director, Partly Cloudy; voice of Emile in Ratatouille) and is being produced by John Walker (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant ).