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Mashable: Documentary about film scores seeks final crescendo of Kickstarter funds

LOS ANGELES — To the right of Kenny Holmes’ half-eaten bagel, his phone flashes with notifications from a Kickstarter app, each pop-up message signifying a new donation to his already fully funded crowdfunding campaign to create a documentary about film scores.

Score: A Film Music Documentary, which will explore the world of composers and the powerful scores they produce for major movies, will include interviews with Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Powell and dozens more musical stalwarts.

Just from midnight to noon, local time, on Friday, 45 donors pledged $2,230, bringing the total raised since Feb. 15 to more than $91,000, Holmes showed Mashable at a local café.

“These guys are the modern Beethoven and Mozart and they’re really keeping classical music alive,”

“These guys are the modern Beethoven and Mozart and they’re really keeping classical music alive,” said Holmes, the documentary’s co-director of photography. “People really don’t understand what these composers are doing — they may love the music, but this documentary will show them what they go through to create something so masterful.”

Holmes and the doc’s relatively small team of young co-creators reached their initial $40,000 goal on Feb. 22, and then set a higher goal of $100,00 — an amount they want to raise before the campaign’s final day on March 16.

The extra funds will be used for distribution and marketing efforts, in addition to paying for trips to interview more composers, including Howard Shore and Alexandre Desplat.

The composers in Score have enhanced such movies as The Lion King, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Spider-Man, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Trilogy, Shrek, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Guardians of the Galaxy, Frozen, Tron: Legacy, Scarface, Birdman, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and more.

The documentary will debut some time in the fall or winter. Here’s a sneak peek:

 

Robert Kraft, Fox’s former head of music, is joining the effort as a producer alongside Holmes, director Matt Schrader, and the production team of Trevor Thompson, Nate Gold, Jonathan Willbanks, Crystal Chavarria and Derek Zhao.

Together, the team has been enticing potential donors with rewards based on how much money they pledge. For example, several autographed items will be given out. (Continue Reading)

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