No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
- Ingmar Bergman

April 8, 2014

Howard Shore: Music & Images -- Filmmaker About Town


Filming Howard Shore speak about his work -- his thought process, score development, inspirations -- and tell stories about his collaborations with prominent directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Cronenberg, and Peter Jackson, to name a few, was a moment that is forever etched in my mind. After all, it isn't often I have the chance to film and listen to a renowned composer share his experiences.

Howard has created countless scores for films including Lord of the Rings, Ed Wood, The Aviator, Hugo…the list is endless.  He has also won three Oscars, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, and three Golden Globes plus been nominated for many other film scores.

The Tuxedo Park Library's Authors' Circle honored Howard on September 28th of last year.  He has been a long-time resident of the Park and has penned many of his compositions there.  Howard has said that the forest of Tuxedo Park allows him to "dream and think" which is why he draws much inspiration from it.

As part of the day long celebration, guests were treated to an afternoon talk given by Howard, held at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church.  He touched on many topics but one comment that resonated  with me is why he prefers pen and paper rather than the computer --  "Music is an ephemeral art.  What are you creating?  Sound waves. You're moving air. To do that with a machine doesn't feel right. You've heard of writing out of the box?  Writing in the computer is writing in the box."

The evening brought a few events including a cocktail party hosted by a resident of the park and concluded with a dinner held in the Library later that evening.  Barbara duPont spearheaded the event and Claudia Hanlin (theweddinglibrary.com) designed the evening's dinner space combining themes of Howard's music with his love of the forest.

Here are a few excerpts from the afternoon's talk: