In an interview with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, the iconic composer Hans Zimmer discussed many aspects of his decades-long career, from his connection to Frank Herbert’s Sand dunes the story behind his involvement in Christopher Nolanmovie 2014 Among the stars and why he believes technology and music are closely linked.
His connection to the film directors over their project’s content proved essential for his involvement in the 2014 sci-fi epic Christopher Nolan. Among the stars. In fact, his involvement seems to really be an integral part of the film’s making. In his interview with Lowe, Zimmer details the interaction with Nolan that kicked off Nolan’s work on the film.
“Do you know how we started that?” Zimmer said, referring to Among the stars. He continued, detailing an evening he spoke with Nolan at a party when Nolan initially came up with a rough idea of the project, telling Zimmer ‘”I have this idea. If I send it to you a letter with a story… it’s about a movie, but I won’t tell you what the movie is about, and the story in the letter won’t tell you what the movie is about either. .. will you give me a day and write whatever comes to you?'”
Zimmer agreed to the challenge and later received a letter from Nolan himself instructing Zimmer’s work. In the note Zimmer reflects, “it’s very personal, and the story itself is about fatherhood and relationship, or what it means to be a parent. I mean, there’s a line in there that when children you’re born of himself with his own son, which helped him create what he calls “a fragile little piece of the puzzle.”
He then contacted Nolan to come and listen to his work. He recalls playing the piece for Nolan and receiving immediate praise, and Nolan insisted that he “should have made the movie better” in return. However, after Nolan fully explained the lofty, intense sci-fi epic plot, Zimmer became skeptical of his own work. “Stop, stop. Come on,” he recalls. “You were talking about this thing of epic proportions, and I gave you this tiny, fragile little thing.”
However, this little thing proved to be more than enough for Nolan, who understood that Zimmer had guided Nolan to the heart of the film, which he had yet to make. “Now I know where the heart of the story lies,” said Nolan, pointing to an essential truth in Zimmer’s work, that music should and must bring the center of the film to the surface.
To see more of Lowe’s interview with Hans Zimmer, you can watch the full interview here.
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