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‘The Midnight Sky’: How Alexandre Desplat Composed One of His Longest Film Scores For George Clooney

When composer Alexandre Desplat first proposed an electronic score for “The Midnight Sky,” actor-director George Clooney immediately rejected the idea as too emotionally chaotic. His existential sci-fi journey about the end of the world required a different musical approach. That led the two-time Oscar winner (“The Shape of Water,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) down a hybrid path of combining orchestral sounds with electronics, inspired by a recording session he attended for “Ghost Dad” (1990), the Bill Cosby fantasy-comedy, scored by the great Henry Mancini.
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How Alexandre Desplat Recorded A Full Score During Covid For George Clooney’s ‘The Midnight Sky’ With A Remote London Symphony Orchestra – Crew Call Podcast

The original motion picture score race has begun, and already two-time Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat is a contender for his music on George Clooney’s sci-fi Netflix movie The Midnight Sky which recently received a Golden Globe nomination. Desplat stands apart from other composers in his annual churn rate, and...
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Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat on ‘The Midnight Sky’ score: ‘The music had to convey many things’

Two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Shape of Water”) has created beautiful music for such directors as Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski and George Clooney. The latter’s latest film, “The Midnight Sky,” marks their fourth collaboration as director and composer; Desplat also composed music for films Clooney produced including the 2013 Oscars Best Picture winner “Argo.”
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How Alexandre Desplat made a ‘strong link’ between Earth and space through ‘The Midnight Sky’ score [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

When George Clooney approached Alexandre Desplat about scoring “The Midnight Sky,” he told him right off the bat that he would have to write more music that he ever has before for a film. “When a director says something like that, you always think maybe it’s a fantasy and you’re going to be able to escape the iceberg that’s coming towards you with this huge amount of music to write,” Desplat tells Gold Derby (watch above). “But he was right. From the script to the film, there’s a big gap, and I wasn’t sure the movie would be as silent as it is now and that music would convey the emotions, the dangers that the characters are experiencing. But yes, he was right, and I had to compose a lot of minutes of music.”
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Alexandre Desplat Wrote More Music Than He Ever Had Before for George Clooney’s ‘The Midnight Sky’

Prolific is a word readily used to describe Alexandre Desplat’s career. From his Oscar-winning work on The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water to The King’s Speech and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the French composer with Greek roots has been involved in many of the most acclaimed films of our time. Accruing numerous awards over the years, he has written over a hundred scores. But for George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, Desplat was asked to write more music than he ever had before.