Melodic Treks 93: Sound Always Dominates Pictures / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

Nicholas Meyer Interview.


The director of a film guides actors and creative elements of the crew, leading them to the ultimate goal of realizing their vision on the big screen. While not something seen, one of the most important elements for a film is the score. The score is important to help guide the viewers emotions so that they know how to interpret the scenes that they ae watching. If you change to score, then the exact same visuals could have multiple different interpretations. So how does a director choose and work with a composer to get the right emotional feel for their film?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Nicholas Meyer, writer and director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, to talk about film composing from a director's perspective. We talk about temp scores, favorite scores, Bernard Herrmann, and we also discuss his friendship with James Horner.


Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01)
"The Katra Ritual" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) (00:02:08)
Welcome, Nicholas Meyer! (00:02:41)
"Battle on the Ice" from Alexander Nevsky composed by Sergei Prokofiev (00:04:34)
"Overture" From Citizen Kane, composed by Bernard Herrmann (00:09:57)
"Surprise Attack" from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (00:25:16)
"Amazing Grace" from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (00:32:37)
"End Credits" from Volunteers (00:36:44)
"Master Peter's Puppet Show" composed by Manuel de Falla (00:41:50)
"Pas de Deux Part One" (00:46:10)
Finding Nicholas Meyer (00:48:24)
"Main Title" from Jack the Bear (00:52:22)
Closing (00:56:45)

All music composed by James Horner, except where noted Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman


Brandon Shea Mutala


Nicholas Meyer


Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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