Alan Menken - Secrets To Scoring

Submitted by John Millar on Fri, 11/26/2004 - 16:00

Composer Alan Menken has won more Oscars than Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks combined: he won two for Best Score and Best Song in 1990 for The Little Mermaid, two more in 1992 for Beauty and The Beast, another couple in 1993 for Aladdin and topped up with two more in 1996 for Pocahontas. He has also been nominated for Oscars for Little Shop of Horrors, Hercules and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Here Menken talks about some of the creative decisions he and lyricist Glenn Slater made on the Western-themed, Disney animation Home On The Range, which is now out on DVD.

The Oscar Effect

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 01/26/2004 - 16:00

There's no doubting Oscar's effect on us.

The Oscars mean...

Studios hold back their best until the Academy Awards draw close. They want their films to be fresh in the notoriously short memories of the 6000-odd Academy members when they vote in January. For films to qualify they have to be released by Christmas. 

The Oscars mean...

Waiting even longer for that topical documentary to appear on television because of the Academy's rules forbidding television (or internet) broadcast during the competition period.

The Oscars mean...

Adapting Material for the Screen

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 12/15/2003 - 16:00

It's often said that if you want to write for film you should start by writing a book. As much as 75% of all films made are adapted from books. You don't need to look far to see actual proof of this statistic: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the James Bond series, The Godfather, to name a few.