Danny Elfman

Studio Talk with Danny Elfman 9:38

Danny Elfman’s scoring credits include Alice in Wonderland, Batman, Batman Returns, Dark Shadows, Dick Tracy, Edward Scissorhands, Hulk, Men in Black, Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man, Mars Attacks, and Mission: Impossible. TV themes include the Simpsons and Desparate Housewives.

Danny is working out of three studios. His main studio consists of three writing rooms (one for Danny, one main assistant's room, and another support room) so there are five rooms in all. Each room is a duplicate of each other so that files can transfer easily between them.

The composer's main sequencer machine is a Mac Pro (2012 12 core 32GB of RAM) running Digital Performer. There are two slave PCs (12 core 32GB of RAM with Windows 7) each running Vienna Ensemble PRO as a host. All audio outputs of the PCs are routed via MADI to another Mac running Pro Tools.

Danny is using several sample libraries, but a good majority are Vienna Instruments Collections with the Vienna Instruments PRO player. His assistant, Greg Maloney, created some custom Jazzmutant Lemur patches that control some of Danny’s Vienna Instruments. Using the Lemur, Danny switches between different articulations, fades between vibrato/non vibrato patches, velocity crossfades and more.

Alexandre Desplat

Studio Talk with Alexandre Desplat 12:06

Oscar winning composer Alexandre Desplat (Best Original Soundtrack 2015 for "The Grand Budapest Hotel") has worked on many TV and film projects, including Carnage, Coco Chanel, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Ghost Writer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The King’s Speech, The Queen, Godzilla, and many more.

Kevin Kliesch

Studio Talk with Kevin Kliesch 11:35

Kevin Kliesch works both as a composer and orchestrator. He contributed music to The 13th Floor, Buffy – The Vamire Slayer, Gentle Ben – The Movie, Hangover, The Muppets, Pokémon – The First Movie, Scary Movie 2, Tangled, Thundercats (TV series), X-Men and many more. Kevin recently received an Emmy for Sofia the First.

Daniel Licht

Studio Talk with Daniel Licht, part 1 13:12

Starting his career as a composer and musician for theater and dance performances in New York, his former classmate Christopher Young asked him to compose the score for the horror movie “Children of the Night” in 1991. Daniel Licht achieved international reputation with his music for the successful TV series “Dexter” and “Body of Proof”.

Studio Talk with Daniel Licht, part 2 10:41

Blake Neely

Studio Talk with Blake Neely 11:10

Blake Neely works as a composer, conductor, orchestrator and pianist. Credits: Brothers and Sisters (2006–2011), Life As We Know It, The Mentalist (since 2008), Arrow (since 2012), Pirates of the Caribbean – At World's End, and Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest.

David Newman

Studio Talk with David Newman 13:12

Before becoming a film composer David Newman has played on numerous Hollywood film scores as a professional violinist. He wrote the music for over 100 films, such as 102 Dalmatians, Anastasia, Animals United, Ice Age, Man of the House, Matilda, Norbit, Serenity, The Spirit, and The Nutty Professor.