Hi everyone. Just wanted to let all you know that the scoring for Cars 2… has begun! We had our first day on Saturday, and are now busy recording the music to the movie.
For those who don’t know, I am NOT a Pixar employee, but a studio musician who has played on many of Pixar’s films. Please note that I have a strict “No Spoiler” policy and absolutely will not reveal spoilers (doing so is bad form, and not my place). I have written accounts here on Pixar Planet of what it was like to work on some of the previous Pixar movies… and if you’re interested in that sort of thing, you might want to check them out as well, as I explain a lot about what the process is like, and many of your questions might be answered there.
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We’re scoring Cars 2 at Warner Bros (where we scored Up a few years ago), and Saturday began with John Lasseter coming up to the podium with Michael Giacchino and producer Denise Ream to tell us a little about the movie. A very friendly guy, he mentioned that while the first Cars was a slower film, this was one we’d need to buckle our seatbelts for… but that most of all, he wanted to make a film that was fun – and one that we’d have fun working on. He said one of his favorite parts of making films is coming down to watch the scoring process (joking that it’s one of the few times he doesn’t have to work, and can just enjoy it). And it sure seems like the crew is having as much fun at the sessions as we are playing the score.
As everyone knows from the trailers and publicity, the movie is something of a spy-caper, and John said they didn’t want to go for the same old, typical spy-caper music – but that it had to be cool. Well, it is. A couple times on the first day John came out to yell “That was awesome!” or “Cool!” – and I totally agree. I think Michael’s just done a fantastic job with this one (and it’s absolutely so much fun to play). I’m glad there’s going to be a CD release for it.
It’s worth pointing out that none of the music in the trailers or previews you’ve heard up to now is actual music from the movie – because we didn’t actually start recording it until two days ago. However things move fast, and the clip that was just released on Sunday (youtube.com/watch?v=OAlwJ438Nkk) is the first one to have actual music from the movie (released just hours after having recorded it). Actually, I’m glad that clip was released, because it gives you all an idea of how cool the score is (Hammond organ, surf guitar – and just a lot of fun). Everybody has different tastes of course, but for my money, you won’t be disappointed. If you want to know what the score is like, just listen to that clip.
As far as the movie itself… I have to say, when I first saw the early trailer for it a while back, I wasn’t sure… but from what I’ve seen over the last couple days, I’m very much relieved. It looks really good – and a lot of fun. Though I won’t post spoilers (sorry, you’re going to have to wait until June), I will say that there are some clever puns and in-jokes in the movie. Remember the “BuyNLarge” pun from Wall-E? Something similarly clever here. Also, there are some clever visual jokes referencing other Pixar movies (of course). And for those who keep track of such things, the great track titles remain (including at least one new version of an old standby).
Though a lot of the film is fully rendered by now, there were still some scenes that weren’t, at least in the print we were working with. Occasionally the backgrounds would simply be white… and there was even one very brief scene where there was nothing but simple colored squares representing where the cars would eventually be. Still, the majority of scenes looked complete or nearly complete, and looked really nice.
Today we all got Cars 2 hats, and the crew set up a small video camera so that everyone up at Pixar’s studio in Northern California could see a live feed of the session. On Saturday there were some folks walking around with cameras, taping both in the booth and out on the stage, so who knows, there might be some shots of us on a “making of” featurette sometime in the future.
Well, there’s not much else to say. Just wanted to report that the scoring for the movie has begun, and that both the score and the movie are looking really good.