‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape

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‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape
Few directors employ a bolder use of score and sound design in creating their cinematic universe than Darren Aronofsky. It’s for this reason the director’s fans were understandably excited by the news that on his new film “mother!” he would be collaborating for the first time with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose innovative soundscape approach to Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and “Sicario” seemed like a perfect fit for Aronofsky.

It’s a collaboration that, by all accounts, went remarkably well, but resulted in a creative exploration that revealed that eliminating Jóhannsson’s score and leaning on a more expressive sound design was best for the film.

In the film’s press notes Jóhannsson — who according to Paramount is credited as a music and sound consultant in the film — said this about the decision:

“‘mother! is a film where half measures have no place and after Darren and I had explored many different approaches,
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Cannes: Protagonist picks up Un Certain Regard title

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Cannes: Protagonist picks up Un Certain Regard title
UK sales team boards Michael O’Shea’s Us drama-horror The Transfiguration.

Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights to first-time filmmaker Micahael OShea’s The Transfiguration, which will have its world premiere in Un Certain Regard in Cannes next month.

The film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin alongside Chloe Levine, who made her film debut in Hilary Brougher’s thriller Innocence and has been cast in the next season of Netflix’s House Of Cards.

The film is produced by Susan Leber whose credits include Sundance winner Down To The Bone, directed by Debra Granik, and Ti West’s first feature The Roost. She was also supervising producer on Gillian Robespierre’s comedy hit Obvious Child.

Michael O’Shea both wrote and directed the atmospheric New York tale about love, loss and vampires.

The film was shot by Sung Rae Cho, who also shot Graceland, while editor was Kathryn Schubert (The Experimenter) and the sound designer
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It’s Not About a Girl: Josh Mond’s “James White” Has Much More in Store

Freshly deposited in our inbox, we’ve been directed towards a Kickstarter film project that…we’re already itching to see. Inching ever so closely to a true picture lock, the Borderline Films trio of Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond are throwing some nifty perks onto Kickstarter in order to help in the editing, sounds design and mixing, and securing music rights departments for Mond’s James White.

Aside from some behind the scene stills and an intimate look at how folk look like towards the end of a film production (see the trio’s Kickstarter vid below), here is what we now know: supporting actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi who will write the film’s score, Matt Hannam (Enemy) has boarded the project as the film’s editor, they’ll re-team with Coll Anderson on the sound design and Randall Poster will try his darndest to lock Mond’s soundtrack wishlist.
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