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4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

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Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
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Film News: Ennio Morricone

Nov 10 2011 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

Today marks the birth of one of the greatest film composers of all time. Ennio Morricone turns 83 today. Morricone is perhaps best known for his Western scores, notably including Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966).

Ennio Morricone conducts

He was nominated for the Best Music, Original Score Oscar 5 times (including for my personal favorite, his score to The Mission [1986]), but never won.

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone Album Cover

“Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone”
By Yo-Yo Ma

I distinctly remember when he was issued an Honorary Award at the 2007 Academy Awards “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” Well deserved!

As if being credited on the scores to over 500 films isn’t enough, Morricone has also been named as an inspiration to many more recent composers, most notably, Hans Zimmer (the best example of this is a side-by-side comparison of “Man with the Harmonica” from Once Upon a Time in the West [1968] and “Parlay” from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End [2007]).

Although I am usually vastly partial to albums that are official film score soundtracks, I am a sucker for Yo-Yo Ma’s recording of a collection of Morricone’s work (see link to right –>).

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Brendan Shick

Brendan Shick is a freelance DP, gaffer, and sports broadcaster serving primarily the Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Fort Wayne, IN, regions. You can find out more by following this blog, his recent work on Vimeo, or by connecting with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Brendan is also an occasional contributor to the Project Updates feed for one of his most recent films, To Turn Back Time.

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