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 Conversations - Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 02/02/2004 - 16:00

In 1997, the English Patient won 9 Oscars, with veteran editor Walter Murch claiming two of those for sound and picture editing. The film also saw the beginning of a friendship between Murch and author Michael Ondaatje on whose book the film was based.

Ondaatje was fascinated by the film-editing process, and when he finished his novel Anvil's Ghost, asked Murch if he would do a series of talks with him. Murch agreed and the series of conversations that they had between Spring 2000 and June 2001 was compiled into this inspiring book.