Music & Entertainment
Lesson time 3:07 min
Danny reflects on the journey he has taken together with you, as an old miner might tell stories around the campfire to young gold seekers before they venture out into the world to strike (cinematic) gold.
Topics include: Closing
[MUSIC PLAYING] - All right, here we are, the end of my little MasterClass. The campfire's burning low. We're down to embers now. The coyotes are howling off in the distance, and we're all getting kind of sleepy. Those sleeping bags are just sitting out there by our horses and we're ready to climb into them. This is the point where I tell you all that are going mining for gold tomorrow morning, next week, next month, that I hope I've imparted, through my wild ramblings, my stories, my experience, my over-excitement, my absurd cynicism, my happiness, and my disgust and all the things that I'm filled with all the time, that through all of this nonsense, I've given you some sense of what you might apply to your own careers. If nothing else, mistakes that I've made that, perhaps, you'll remind yourself, if you're in a certain moment, I don't want to make the same mistake that Danny made. Or, perhaps, you'll find yourself in a moment where you're losing heart and you're starting to doubt yourself. And you go, Danny talked about this moment and the incredible persistence and commitment it takes. And remember this-- film composition is what I love. You know, when I started out, I wanted to be involved with film, I just didn't know what part of film. But there still is a brotherhood, a sisterhood, of all filmmakers. Whether you're a director, whether you're a cinematographer, an editor, a writer-- no matter what part of the field that you end up in, you only have one thing that binds you together, one thing that we all share. It's an intense commitment to wanting to do the best we possibly can. It's tons of hours learning our craft, because it's not just an art, but it's a craft. And that's something I can't say too many times. It's a balance between the two. There's an art and there's a craft. And that craft has to be learned by doing. I wish you all bon and happy careers. Or, if not happy, fulfilling-- because they aren't always the same thing. People think they are. It's like, oh, I had a big career. It's happy, happy, happy. Well, it's not. You have moments of happiness and you have moments of misery that lead to something wonderful. And remember, that's all part of the creative process. So, that's it. Thank you for taking my MasterClass. Good luck. [MUSIC PLAYING] [THEME MUSIC]
From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird. Now the Oingo Boingo founder and four-time Oscar nominee shares his unconventional (and uncensored) creative process. Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.
Danny is a wonderful story teller and I enjoyed listening to him. He concentrated on the process of creating movie music but spent less time telling us about the technique, We could occasionally hear what he created but it would have been very useful to hear what made him select tempos, modes, instruments and so forth in the scores he created.
Danny's reflections on dealing with directors, and producing what they want and how to find it, were most useful to me.
Great stories. Learning from Danny's experience and his total honesty about the ups and downs is extremely valuable.
I'm a music nerd and Danny Elfman fan who wanted to know how his brain worked. Totally fascinating!