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Hans Zimmer is one of the biggest film composers working in the industry today.  He won an Academy Award for his work on The Lion King, and has been nominated for six other films including Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, and As Good As It Gets. With The Last Samurai he celebrates his 100th film score, and SoundtrackNet had an opportunity to talk with Hans a few weeks ago during a rare break in his busy schedule working on Something's Gotta Give.<br><br>You've scored many projects during your career, and The Last Samurai is being touted as your 100th film score…<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less – but apparently it's the 100th.<br><br>So how did you get involved with the project?<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get nominated for an Oscar, you get invited to the Oscar nominee's luncheon where they hand out these little nomination certificates. There are usually 150 people standing there, and people are invited up in alphabetical order, starting with the As. By the time they get to the Cs, everybody's already back at their table chatting and eating, and while the first people called get thunderous applause, you can imagine what it's like when your name starts with Z!<br><br>So Ed Zwick and I were standing there, waiting at one of these luncheons about four years ago, and we started talking to each other. I asked him what he was working on and he told me about this movie called The Last Samurai, which I thought sounded interesting and I asked him to send me a script. After the script arrived, I didn't hear from him for a long time and I thought he'd forgotten about me, not thinking about how difficult it is to set up a samurai movie these days. The other thing I liked about the project was that Tom Cruise was involved, so it was like returning home, since I've scored a bunch of his movies – I knew we were going to have a good time.<br><br>Did it end up that way?<br><br>Ed and his editor Steve Rosenblum are such gentlemen, so together and professional, and they basically did one cut of the film, screened it, and everyone loved their work. So after this, they had plenty of time to come and hang with me, and while I usually love the re-cutting process because it's a diversionary tactic to keep the director and editor out of my life, these guys were great to have around. <br><br>Of course, my sense of paranoia made me think that something was going wrong all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, but it never happened. Ed phoned this morning and I thought, "Oh my god – rewrite!" It's just how my brain works. But I think he and I feel a bit odd now: we've been seeing each other every day for months, and suddenly we're done. I completely understand why people have a problem finishing a movie, because there's something really nice about the process – completion is far more boring.<br><br>For Samurai, you used Japanese percussions and ethnic woodwinds, without getting too 'Japanese'.<br><br>My problem is that I feel Japanese music is really inaccessible to Western ears, and I was really struggling with this film initially, trying to figure out what I was doing. This idea popped into my head for using Western-style themes, but applying a Japanese aesthetic to them, which sounds great of course, until I had to ask myself what I meant! Actually, I think it's just my way of not overloading certain things with too many colors, or being geometrically precise about my cues and not making them too flowery.<br><br>The Tom Cruise character is one of those nasty drunks at the beginning, who obviously has some serious problems he's trying to deal with, or not deal with. He's obnoxious and restless, suffering sleepless nights and is very un-Tom. For me, this character's journey was about his need to earn tranquility and peace, so within the score there's this very romantic, overblown and passionate theme. It's like a juvenile way of dealing with life and death – the pain and liebestod.<br><br>However, to contrast with these very relentless themes, there are a number of stark, formal and sober pieces, because I wanted to take Tom's character on a journey. He comes from America and ends up in this foreign place where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. But at the end of the movie, I want the audience to think that there isn't a more beautiful place for him to be, that he is at home in Japan and finally at peace.<br><br>There are many useless acts of bravery we do out of misguided romanticism, and this movie is full of courageous and dignified acts of bravery. So I wanted to play off these acts, since both the American and Japanese cultures have a concept of heroism, and I just wanted to see if I could play with the nature of the two different concepts.<br><br>So you didn't want to do the stereotypical Japanese thing...<br><br>Absolutely not! Take Akira Kurosawa's Ran, for example, which has this brilliant score where Takemitsu writes Western music, but with an Eastern accent. Somebody asked me a few days ago why As Good As It Gets was European – why did I write a European score for a quintessentially American story? For me, it's because Jack Nicholson was crazy in the movie, and I felt one of the great things about America is how they always think we Europeans are crazy. So by writing a European-styled score, it's my way of saying that Jack is crazy, but it's alright!<br><br>How do you feel about people who criticize your work for not fitting into the time period, like Gladiator?<br><br>The reason I take these jobs is because I'm interested in foreign cultures, and every time I get to work on a movie I'm thrown into the adventure of whatever that culture is, the time, and wherever the story's taking place. So one of the things I'm very careful about is not to be historically correct to the culture, but, on the other hand, not to insult the underlying aesthetics of that culture either. I remember watching Chariots of Fire and thinking how brilliantly the music worked, never missing that it wasn't period instruments! I grew up listening to Bach played by a symphony orchestra – it's the wrong sized orchestra with the wrong instruments, but I don't think that's the point.<br><br>With Gladiator, Pietro Scalia brought in a CD saying "this is Ancient Roman music," and I said, "Says who? You went to the Ancient Roman music store and bought an Ancient Roman music CD? Bullshit!" We're not anthropologists. Look at he costumes Ridley Scott had: they were more Napoleonic than Roman, which was perhaps fitting since Napoleon had stolen all of his good ideas from the Romans regarding how to make his generals look cool – and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl – but that was the joke! I am allowed to have a sense of humor in my music!<br><br>Earlier this summer your credit on Pirates of the Caribbean was "Score Overproduced by". What was the deal with that?<br><br>Well, I thought honesty was a virtue! But seriously, Jerry Bruckheimer quite rightly asked me not to give him "that old-fashioned Pirate music," and Gore Verbinski, who I adore and did The Ring with, said, "Well, it is a pirate movie, so we have to disguise it." In the end, I spent a day and a half writing tunes, Klaus Badelt wrote a lot of stuff, and we rolled up our sleeves, got drunk, behaved in a debauched way, and produced a score!<br><br>There was a lot of criticism regarding that score, but in the end it had to serve the film - which it did. You seem to get a lot of criticism on any project you do.<br><br>I had the misfortune of going onto the Film Score Monthly web site recently to look something up and vanity made me type in my own name. I suddenly realized that you can't ever get it right. Who do people want me to be? The guy that writes Matchstick Men? Or the guy that writes The Rock? Or the guy that writes Driving Miss Daisy? My need is ultimately to write for myself. I mock myself and I'm ironic about the way I speak about it because if I take it too seriously, it would be a pompous and boring thing to do. But at the same time I take each note I write very seriously – none of them are random.<br><br>The Internet Movie Database always lists you as being attached to multiple projects, so I was curious, what's Sharktail?<br><br>I complained to Jeffrey Katzenberg that I couldn't cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can't speak – I wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead. There's also a hip-hop element in Sharktail, and I haven't been there yet, so it's new territory! King Arthur is still in production, and I literally just got the first bits of footage just before you came here.<br><br>Are you working on all of these projects simultaneously?<br><br>I'm thinking about them! I'm also working with Jim Brooks on his new comedy, Spanglish.<br><br>And speaking of comedies, you recently did Matchstick Men for Ridley, which had a very Nino Rota vibe to it....<br><br>And I gave him credit! I thought, what if Nino had written the theme and I was just doing the variations? But I bet I'm going to get criticized for that because it's not like Gladiator.<br><br>So when did you last have a vacation?<br><br>Well, I went to Japan for a couple of days at the end of November for the Japanese premiere of Samurai, but look, I love what I do! In January I'll travel to Morocco because Ridley will be shooting his next movie, Kingdom of Heaven, so that's like a holiday!<br><br>My family and I are going away at Christmas, and what we used to do would be to rent a house in the mountains and go on these skiing holidays. It would be a crappy house, not as nice as the one we live in, my wife was still going to the market, and we're still washing our plates – so it wasn't a vacation, it was a lot of work! It's taken us a long time, but we just figured it out: we're not practical with vacations – we're staying at hotels! But while the Zimmer family isn't talented when it comes to vacations, we're talented when it comes to work!<br><br>I sat through Samurai the other day, and for the first time watched the whole movie from top to tail with everything finished and completed. It felt really good, better than a vacation. But luckily there were enough things wrong for me to think that I learned something from the experience, and now I can't wait for the next project to try these new ideas out.<br><br>The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is available from Elektra Records, and the film is currently in theaters. Matchstick Men is available on Varese Sarabande Records.<br><br>With thanks to Chet Mehta at Chasen & Co, Jason Cienkus at Warner Brothers, and Nina Lynch and Mark Wherry at Media Ventures for helping with this interview. And, of course, special thanks to Hans.Mulan get his release... through Disney+, 4th September.Mulan is being released on sept 4th. Can't wait to hear Harry's score!!!!Here's an interview about Last Samurai from Soundtrack.net https: //www.soundtrack. net/content/article/?id=112You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004
The tracklist they posted has 58 tracks and yours contains only 54<br>interesting thing, He never really spoke about Last Samurai. but you have to realize, even when He speaks, its not always the truth. <br><br>The only thing I know, in 2013 doing press for Rush, He really said the hardest job was Last Samurai, well its not true according to himself, if you watch the behind the scenes stuff from Matchstick Men from 2003, right there He says that he was working on 3 huge films, (tears of the sun / Pirates / last samurai) and Mathstick men was the absolute hardest for him.<br><br>also Ed Zwick talks about working with Hans on the dvd commentary sometimes, but nothing really fancy.<br><br>Im sure there is an interview for this film with him, since he was at the premierI am struggling to find an interview where Hans speaks about this soundtrack. Does it even exist? <br>I spent the last hours digging but nothing. I always desired to hear some comments about it, like he does for the other works he's done.<br>I know it's a far stretch for Hans To release docu scores, but am really curious as to what Brave Miss World, Believer and Jalous of the Birds sound like...<br><br><br>@Mephariel<br>You can find Great Bear Rainforest on bleedingfingersmusic.com under Anze RozmanMondo only offered to send me a return label and a refund. No info yet on if they plan to fix it. :-/
Mine arrived today and is definitely sped up.LOL klaus badelt hardly composed pirates 1You know what? I love the booklet credits! Klaus Badelt is the same guy who scored Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.Thanks Hybrid soldier for the good news<br>I can't wait to see the documental film and hear the score of lorne balfe & hans zimmer.A score will be released.<br><br>You can always count on Lorne for that. It's in the works.
What was the last Zimmer documentary score that they released outside of BBC? <br><br>I am still waiting for The Great Bear Rainforest.I hope they can the soundtrack release for "Rebuilding Paradise" composed by Hans zimmer & Lorne balfe, including an original song for the film. I hope there is a possibility that they will release the score.How to get this at all?Any news about Rebuilding Paradise soundtrack?@Hybrid:<br>Any news about a release for Ron Howard "Rebuilding Paradise" soundtrack by Hans ans Lorne. The documentary airing today. Any info will be much Appreciated.
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Nikki reply Replies: 1 || 2016-12-01 06:44:12
Hi,

Is Hans Zimmer Revealed in Las Vegas (April 2017) a concert? or a documentary? or a Q&A?

Thanks ahead of time for the help!

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Kiran2016-12-06 16:38:04
Same question as above. Is this a concert or a Q&A?

NUVOLA reply Replies: 9 || 2015-10-18 14:26:59
PLEASE CREATE A DVD OF THE SHOW!!!


Steve2015-10-18 15:39:49
Why?


Ds2015-10-18 16:22:10
Because it was the best night ever. An amazing show I'd like to watch again and again and again.

But yeah, why a dvd though? I think a bluray would be much better :-p


Cyril2016-05-04 17:59:18
I agree ! Please release a bluray, I really would like to see the show again !


Ivarbij2016-05-28 16:03:21
I agree also with Ds, I need to see it all again! It was fucking awesome


David2016-05-30 13:43:54
I agree, it will be great to remember last week's amazing night in Dublin.


marco2016-06-02 23:17:24
it was absolutely the most sensational concert i have ever been... the intro was powerful!!! i need a bluray of that night to watch many and many times!!!


Ben Werner2016-06-07 21:36:16
Please make a dvd, the concert I want to (in orange) was absolutely incredible, and I'd love to re experience the show with the visuals!


Cécile2016-06-29 17:14:42
Compl&#232;tement d'accord! C'était absolument fantastique, svp un dvd !!!


Simone2016-08-21 08:57:48
Yes!! Does not exist a dvd or a blu ray of one concert of Hans Zimmer??

Sandeep dhakad reply Replies: 1 || 2016-04-17 09:23:35
Which soundtrack is played at 27:25 in the video by hans sir.really want to know.i've heard it before but cant remember the name of it.pls let me know


Hybrid Soldier2016-04-17 09:47:51
Rain Man theme !

Mr Tweedy reply Replies: 0 || 2015-08-20 15:57:38
"Hans Zimmer Revealed" will be screened saturday August 22nd, 2015, in Rohan Castle in Mutzig (France, 67).

If you're living in Elsass or around and wanna have a look at this nice piece of documentary on big screen (followed by "Woman in Gold"), you're more than welcome !

Aline reply Replies: 2 || 2015-08-10 00:23:19
Hans, you're brilliant! You are my hero. Their songs can touch deep into my soul. "Time" is the song of my life!

Hugs a Brazilian fan.


Daniel de Sousa2015-08-19 00:18:45
nossa uma mulher brasileira f&#227; de hans zimmer que lindo <3 haha!


Gilvane Cezar2015-08-20 00:23:30
Verdade, muito raro, haha. Nosso respeito &#224; voc&#234;, mestre!

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 12 || 2015-06-04 19:03:11
Here it is !!!! :)


Mr Tweedy2015-06-04 19:11:04
:D


Ds2015-06-04 22:41:19
You guys did a wonderful job, congratulations and many thanks! This concert has been one of the best nights of my life, I still listen to my recordings on a regular basis, and it's incredible to get an insight on the "Hans family", the rehearsals and so on. Thank you again!


Zimson2015-06-05 11:16:30
Great Job guys! Gladly give you 5 stars on this. :)


Peter Bezemer2015-06-05 13:48:59
thanks!


A girl from Persia2015-06-05 18:57:52
When I saw herr Zimmer on breakfast table with his friends, I felt I am a person very close to him. What a nice scene. Who wrote many of most excited film scores. A lovely team and a lovely documentary.


Patrak2015-06-07 11:28:58
I just watched your documentary last night, what a great job !

Great choice of footage and superb editing.
Congrats to Maxime, Pierre and Nicolas.


Instead on focussing on the event itself, we can finally see the intimate relationship Hans is having with his long time collaborators and friends.
I never realized how close Richard and Nick were to Hans.
This is simply the best testimony of Hans at work with his band.
And yes, you guys, are part of his band now.

Well deserved !


Encore merci &#224; vous trois pour ce travail en tout point remarquable.
Savez-vous si Hans l'a regardé ?

amicalement



Hybrid Soldier2015-06-07 11:34:00
J'étais l&#224; aussi hein ! lol


Oui Hans a regardé et a adoré... ;)


Patrak2015-06-07 12:57:35
Je me doute bien que tu y étais Hybrid, mais tu n'es pas crédité au générique. :-)

Bravo &#224; tous donc !


Patrick



Hybrid Soldier2015-06-07 15:19:19
Si si je suis crédité lol...


Paul dechaumont2015-06-20 13:28:22
THANKS A LOT ! I loved it ! :D
My motivation and my love for music came thanks to Hans ! He drew my life : I'm launching myself in film composing studies thanks to him and his incredible work !
And I can only be grateful to him for this :)
On that, have a great and nice day !
(sorry if my english is bad, I'm a french student !)


malik malik 3602015-06-21 10:00:36
ca fait toujours plaisir de regarder un documentaire sur Hans Zimmer. il en existe pas beaucoup. tomber dessus c'est comme découvrir un trésor.
un vrai bonheur :)


Icarus2015-06-21 21:14:26
Thanks for this awesome documentary.

I hope a DVD/Blu-ray release of the concert too, at least for the medley of Gladiator.

Et merci pour les sous-titres FR, certains passages en ont besoin :)

ehsan reply Replies: 1 || 2015-06-05 11:13:20
What time Dvd of Concert release?


A girl from Persia2015-06-09 20:08:33
Who said there is a DVD about the concert?! Herr Zimmer didn't publish a long video concert at all.

Boldizar reply Replies: 0 || 2015-06-07 21:08:17
Is there any word on Balfe's Terminator score? Less than a month out and no word anywhere does not bode well for a physical release.

Gunther reply Replies: 0 || 2015-06-05 13:23:53
I just wanna say:
Danke!

Christian reply Replies: 1 || 2015-06-05 00:50:27
What song is Hans Zimmer playing on Piano at 2:45? Gorgeous!


Joshua2015-06-05 03:19:40
Rainman

... reply Replies: 0 || 2015-06-05 00:08:08
Awesome documentary! My only gripe must be the show itself... I think it's cool how they arranged the stuff in new ways, but making everything a bandscore wasn't my cup of tea. I really am a fan of percussion when it's used right, like for instance in MOS or Batman. But adding it to almost every piece along with guitar doesn't do the music justice.

Hope Hans will do a more original concert where there'll a bigger orchestra etc... Not much beats a huge orchestra (along with band members etc) play epic Zimmer music!

Scorefan reply Replies: 1 || 2015-06-04 23:00:24
This is awesome!!!!!
Hybrid, any posibility, any chance to make a DVD for the two days of concert?


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-04 23:06:26
Unfortunately I have no idea. I know for a fact they mixed 4 tracks entirely (what for I have no idea lol). I don't think there are any plans.

Maybe this doc will put some light on it and motive the right people to get back to it ! :)

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2015-06-04 22:46:25
They should release a cd with the recordings of it, that could be cool based on the unique take they had for this concert with additional sounds and notes.

Andrew reply Replies: 0 || 2015-06-04 22:42:49
Wow, I am so happy after watching this documentary, it is truly amazing! What a wonderful job from Hans and his friends. I am so disappointed on having missed watching such an event live :(. I hope he gets to do another one soon or atleast in the U.S. I know this may be a stupid question and I apologize for it but Hybrid, could one apply for an internship with Hans Zimmer? (Or atleast is there a way of contacting his agent to simply find out whether it is a possible thing?) I would really love such an opportunity, especially because I will soon start at a film school for a filmmaking career and music is just one of the most important factors in a film for me and Hans has such a way of transcending music over through audiences in films.

Evenstar reply Replies: 5 || 2015-06-03 22:32:46
What is this? Never heard of this project... please give me some infos :D Did you work on it Hybrid?


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-03 23:37:58
Of course ! :)

Really proud of this.

Well, you'll see tomorrow, if all goes according to plan lol...


Nicolas, Webmaster2015-06-04 09:12:27
Never heard about this project ?? Where were you in november/december when this article was on the top of the news from our website ;)

hans-zimmer. com/index.php?rub=revealed


Anonymous2015-06-04 09:28:21
I some how doubt it will go according to plan. Things never do


Nicolas, Webmaster2015-06-04 09:30:11
I confirm, today should be the big day ; just one minor thing to check :)


Evenstar2015-06-04 21:10:55
Ohh this! I remember. I just didn't know that the site had something to do with it :D

garavel reply Replies: 1 || 2015-06-04 16:40:40
Refresh button broken, i still wait video :)


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-04 16:48:51
Haha well if you can wait a couple more hours.

Don't worry when it's ready I'll post right away here... :P

matthew reply Replies: 1 || 2015-06-04 10:19:50
Krisztina Lukácsi?? sounds really like a hungarian or something... if she uses her name like this it means that she comes from there. (a native!) How did she became involved there?

(Te is válaszolhatsz...)


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-04 10:48:05
Hans has people following from everywhere ! :)

A girl from Persia reply Replies: 2 || 2015-06-03 10:48:22
When we can see the documentary approximately?


Mr Tweedy2015-06-03 16:02:13
It's about to be released. Less than 48hrs. :)


A girl from Persia2015-06-04 10:00:38
Thanks Mr Tweedy!

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 13 || 2015-05-30 15:47:13
It's comiiiiiiing !

Matter of days, I swear ! lol


Scorefan2015-05-30 17:04:37
Awesome and incredible!!!!! Thanks Hybrid.


Zimson2015-05-30 18:52:53
Awesome!!! Can't wait!


Ds2015-05-30 19:36:30
Did Hans compose some original music for the documentary? :-p


Hybrid Soldier2015-05-30 19:38:59
Haha no, but he watched it this morning and he loved it ! :)


Ds2015-05-30 22:17:29
Well that´s great. You can be proud of all your work here on HZ.com. I cannot wait to watch this documentary :-)


bro2015-05-31 02:30:34
Best news all year


hi i am hz fan2015-05-31 02:59:21
when released ?


Anonymous2015-06-01 04:23:03
Right Hybrid sure. And he told you that right after I had lunch with him at his house. He gave me all of his CD's autographed too.


Darky2015-06-01 09:22:13
"Right Hybrid sure. And he told you that right after I had lunch with him at his house. He gave me all of his CD's autographed too."

fuck you troll


Peter2015-06-01 10:52:23
that's quite cool


isildur2015-06-01 21:42:28
Superb news. Really looking forward to this.


Anonymous2015-06-03 04:19:19
Darky, I'm African American and I am offended by your use of the word "darky" as your screen post name.


Zimson2015-06-03 11:29:01
Death to the trolls.

Dfault reply Replies: 1 || 2015-05-31 15:31:10
Regret it so much for not being there, most stupid thing i did in my life. Hope it will ever be organized again. The documentary makes a little bit up for it though, thanks for the work and info Hybrid!


Hybrid Soldier2015-05-31 15:58:30
RCP is preparing for more. Hans expressed his interest immediatly to do this again. They are working on it. Next year most likely (Hans is kinda in the middle of many scores right now haha).

Jan-Lee reply Replies: 0 || 2015-05-30 19:58:05
I want the live album, any news on the live album.

Laurens reply Replies: 2 || 2015-05-30 17:06:33
Does this also include a live registration of this show or is this a documentary about making the show?


Hybrid Soldier2015-05-30 17:11:15
It's a 40 min making of, with some short extracts here & there.

It's also about Hans and the projects, collaborators... not just about HZR... :)

I think Sony was there and recorded some parts of the concert but no idea what they made with it in the end...


Laurens2015-05-30 17:13:04
Oh okay thank you! So there's no word that they will release a live dvd or blu-ray yet?

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