Go, See, Talk
had the pleasure to interview composer Steve Jablonsky
regarding his partnership with Director Michael Bay
and his studio; Platinum Dunes
. Mr. Jablonsky also gave us an idea how the Score
4 a.k.a Transformers: Age Of Extinction
may sound like. "Heís [Michael Bay] a person who takes on these projects that are so huge and massive but heís so focused on everything and every aspect of it from the sound design, to the CG, I mean he flies up to ILM one to three times a week. He told me ďlook I have to do that because I need to be part of it. I canít do it over conference call, I need to sit there with them. These hundred animators show me what they have and Iíll say that looks good, or tweak this hereĒ. Michael really is into everything you see on the screen and he has such a hand in it all so thatís why his schedule is so crazy.
On to Transformers: Age Of Extinction score... "I mean if youíre on an airplane and youíre listening to something with headphones, sure itís not going to sound as big or important as if you were in my studio. He has so many things on his plate he might only have a minute to listen to a piece and Iíve actually been asked that by his people. Theyíll say ďthe only chance that Michael has to listen to the cue is on his airplaneĒ because heís on his way to China or something. And I know now to say ďabsolutely not, Iím not handing this over so he can listen to it on his iPod. Itís just not going to happen, itís not fair to him, itís not fair to me and it needs to be presented properlyĒ.
I think with each Transformers film heís [Michael Bay] wanted something different and heís always had this kind of specific theme where heíll really want something special so he gives me these goals to reach, ďthis needs to be really emotionalĒ, ďthis needs to be really kick assĒ, and he always gives me new challenges. With Transformers 4 I havenít had that many conversations with him, but I get the feeling that he wants something wildly different. Having said that we might use some of the old themes, though Iím not sure because itís Mark Wahlberg now and a whole different cast, so we might just do something very different. The bottom line is Michael is paying me to make his films better. Whatever ideas heís got, Iím going to listen to them, and fortunately heís got these great ideas.
I fully expect on Transformers 4 whatever we do heís going to want something wild and to go down some road where we use some crazy instruments or something. I donít know yet, weíll see what happens but heís very adventurous in his creative process so Iíve learned that from him I think. He loves electronic stuff mixed in and thatís really where I got a lot of experience and now itís part of my sound, I guess, because I get asked to do it a lot. I record a lot of things and then manipulate them in my computer and I really enjoy doing that that Ė combining it with the orchestra to make something new Ė and he loves that sort of thing, hearing sounds heís never heard before."
The interview is lengthy and more tidbits on it. Check out the full interview at Go, See, Talk