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'Film Composers Tap Into Offbeat Inspirations for Scores' core news picture

Film Composers Tap Into Offbeat Inspirations for Scores

VARIETY - Director Robert Eggers’ original idea for music in his intense period character study “The Lighthouse” turned out to be wrong. “I originally wanted it to be quite minimalist, but I should have known better,” he says. “The over-the-top indulgent writing, the insane performances and the camerawork, all as wild and crazy as Robert Pattinson’s character, required the same [musical treatment].”

He encouraged composer Mark Korven to pursue atonal compositional techniques. “Rob wanted the stormy black sea, the cruel wind,” says Korven. “It’s about character and mood. The score, essentially, is the character of the sea, the squalls, the dark mythology.” Horror today, he adds, “is so drenched in cliche that when someone comes along that’s thinking outside the box, filmmakers can seize on that.”

A large collection of brass is the core of “The Lighthouse” soundtrack, Korven notes, with such other offbeat colors as waterphone, bowed crystal and “some ludicrously badly played accordion courtesy of myself.”

The director was briefly disturbed by a studio executive’s comment that it sounded like “a Yeti moaning in the wilderness.” “You have to question, when is the obscurity adding to the tension and when is it just strange?” Eggers admits. “With any score, it’s about supporting the story. So long as it supports the story, and isn’t distracting, people will go along for the ride.”

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'VOLITION at Whistler Film Festival' core news picture

VOLITION at Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival announces its first wave of Canadian films including Sci-Fi feature VOLITION by director Tony Dean Smith and scored by CORE composer Matthew Rogers!
VOLITION has been winning a fleet of awards at past festivals including WINNER Best Feature at Philip K Dick festival and OFFICIAL SELECTION at FRIGHT FEST, London UK.


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'THE LIGHTHOUSE to Open in 500 Theaters Friday Oct. 25' core news picture

THE LIGHTHOUSE to Open in 500 Theaters Friday Oct. 25

A24's The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers’ acclaimed grim-n-funny horror tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe earned a robust $419,764 in just 8 theaters on its opening weekend. That is a dynamite $52,471 per-theater average, coming in just below Parasite, The Farewell, and Jojo Rabbit among this year’s top per-theater averages. It will expand into 500 theaters this Friday. 

Scored by Core composer Mark Korven (The Witch, In the Tall Grass, The Terror: Infamy), The Lighthouse premiered as a Critics' Choice at this year's Cannes Director's Fortnight. 

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'INDIEWIRE - ‘The Lighthouse’ Exclusive: Try Staying Sane Listening to Mark Korven’s Original Score' core news picture

INDIEWIRE - ‘The Lighthouse’ Exclusive: Try Staying Sane Listening to Mark Korven’s Original Score

Check out INDIEWIRE'S exclusive article on Core composer Mark Korven's score. Included is a sneak-peek track from the soundtrack album. The soundtrack is set for release on October 18 on Milan Records/Sony Music Masterworks, A24 will be releasing the film in theatres the same day.

- "Eggers has re-teamed with his “Witch” composer Mark Korven for “The Lighthouse,” resulting in a bombastic and bold musical accompaniment that amps up the film’s chills and drama to full effect."

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'Heavy to Screen At Deauville.' core news picture

Heavy to Screen At Deauville.

Jouri Smit’s revenge thriller HEAVY, will premiere at The Deauville American Festival in the luxury French resort town
of Deauville, Sept 6-15. 

The film, scored by Core composer JAMES MARK STEWART stars UK actress Sophie Turner (GAME OF THRONES). Ms Turner will also receive the Hollywood Rising Star award at the festival.