Video:Brian Tyler Interview - The Final Destinationwith Rebecca Murray
Brian Tyler, one of the busiest composers in Hollywood, scored 'The Final Destination' - the fourth film in the franchise - but hadn't worked on any of the three previous films. But he is a fan, so that helped as he tried to give voice to Death.See Transcript
Transcript:Brian Tyler Interview - The Final DestinationRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the world premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' The Final Destination.
The Final Destination Composer Brian Tyler
Scoring a horror movie, anything different about that?
Brian Tyler: "Well, usually it's not, this time it is."
Brian Tyler: "Because usually I'm scoring characters that are actors or you can see them. They're onscreen doing their thing. This time there's no one. It's Death. Death's the main star so I kind of had to be almost the dialogue of Death, and kind of be the voice of this unseen force in the movie that really dictates the whole thing."
"It kind of really became that, even more so than like a movie like Jaws that has that cool theme. You don't see the shark most of the time, but you do see the shark. This, you never see the shark. You never see the Grim Reaper. He doesn't kind of materialize with his sickle and the hood. It's not that way so I really had to provide that and make sure that the audience was always scared that maybe Death was present."
But you can't go campy and you can't give everything away either, so that's tough.
Brian Tyler: "There's a lot of alleyways that don't go where you think they are, musically. And that was a lot of the challenge is that I had to really set it up so that sometimes it pays off so you think the music's going to lead you, and then it's like bluffs. It's a little three card monty with the music. I never follow the same pattern. So at times it will lead you exactly where you're thinking. It was fun."
What else are you working on?
Brian Tyler: "I've got a bunch of films."
You always have a bunch of films. That's a dumb question that I asked.
Brian Tyler: "I have Law Abiding Citizen that's being released…"
With Gerard Butler.
Brian Tyler: "Jamie Foxx, Gerry Butler, real cool movie – great movie. That comes out in October. Then I've got The Expendables, Stallone's movie. Then I've got Columbus Circle, which is Giovanni Ribisi and Selma Blair. I've got Middle Men, the next Fast and Furious, and Battlefield Earth." [I believe he means Battle: Los Angeles]
You're not working on the next Fast and Furious already, are you?
Brian Tyler: "They're starting. It's all preliminary talk, but since I've worked with this director five times we start early. We're working on the script and everything. It's kind of the same thing with Columbus Circle. I've worked with George Gallo, the director, before. Actually I ended up being one of the producers on the movie."
Is that something you want to do more of?
Brian Tyler: "Well, I'm pretty involved in the films. The more you work with people over and over, and directors, you kind of end up being part of this core team that starts everything off so it ends up making sense. This one, I didn't work on any of the Final Destinations before. I just was a big fan. I love these films. They're awesome."
What's your favorite genre not to score but to watch?
Brian Tyler: "Probably drama, you know, overall. I'm a sucker for The Godfather and things like that. I like thrillers a lot."
Do you pay too much attention to the music when you're watching a movie? Do you listen to over people's music?
Brian Tyler: "No. When I watch a movie the first time I really don't. I just kind of watch it as a fan. It's later that I start… Maybe I leave the film and an hour later go, 'Wow. It's sticking with me.' I remember seeing Braveheart or Star Wars, things like that where you can't not notice. But, yeah, I've always been a score fan. That's how I got into it. I bought tons of stuff. I was a big fan and would go see John Williams in concert."