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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from KK in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
    Care to elaborate?

    Life is stacked against most of us from the outset. Only a very few privileged number “get what they want”. For every success story in Hollywood there are tens of thousands, if not more, that never even got a chance, largely due to economic and social inequality. In this industry, hell, in this world, if you weren’t lucky enough to be born in the right place at the right time to the right parents your dreams are worth jack shit. 
     
    There’s nothing wrong with having lofty goals in life, but true wisdom is knowing when your dreams are impossible and focusing on building what you can with what you already have. 
     
     
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from crocodile in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    It's A Sin was marvellous. It may be Russell T Davies' finest work to date. Hilarious, awkward, devastating and beautiful. I was deeply moved by it, my partner and I were in tears for a good 20 minutes after the last episode. I can't recommend it enough for anyone going in with an open mind. I was a bit hesitant going in - so much of drama around HIV/AIDS is dreary, depressing and full of finger-wagging and pontificating. RTD managed to start a new conversation about that awful period of time, and remind people that amongst all of the death and despair there was a whole world of fun, life and love.
     
    It's better than Years and Years which I also enjoyed a lot, also equal parts hilarious and devastating. But it's clear that It's A Sin was a deeply personal project for RTD and something he's been working up to his whole career. Plus it's got Daleks.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
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    Life is stacked against most of us from the outset. Only a very few privileged number “get what they want”. For every success story in Hollywood there are tens of thousands, if not more, that never even got a chance, largely due to economic and social inequality. In this industry, hell, in this world, if you weren’t lucky enough to be born in the right place at the right time to the right parents your dreams are worth jack shit. 
     
    There’s nothing wrong with having lofty goals in life, but true wisdom is knowing when your dreams are impossible and focusing on building what you can with what you already have. 
     
     
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from SteveMc in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
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    Life is stacked against most of us from the outset. Only a very few privileged number “get what they want”. For every success story in Hollywood there are tens of thousands, if not more, that never even got a chance, largely due to economic and social inequality. In this industry, hell, in this world, if you weren’t lucky enough to be born in the right place at the right time to the right parents your dreams are worth jack shit. 
     
    There’s nothing wrong with having lofty goals in life, but true wisdom is knowing when your dreams are impossible and focusing on building what you can with what you already have. 
     
     
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Unlucky Bastard in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
    Ehh sure, but when the field is disproportionately stacked against you and the goalposts are haphazardly changed on a whim by decision makers far more powerful and influential than you, all it does is discourage you from playing. Even if you keep telling yourself that life is actually "fair", you might still not get what you want, all because you're actively blocked from benefitting.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Smeltington in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
    Fascinating topic. It’s interesting to see the backlash boiling up about the film composing industry. I’m not at all surprised to hear about these awful conditions, and HZ has actively contributed to it with his business model. His legacy in Hollywood will ultimately not be a musical one, but a capitalistic one.
     
    I had the opportunity to move to LA a few years ago and try to crack into the industry. It didn’t take me long to weigh up the options and stay in Australia instead. I do not regret that decision, not least because right now COVID has made things even more difficult for young composers (and as a foreigner I would’ve gone broke instantly). I will never write a Hollywood score now, but I also will not be homeless, starving or exploited in an attempt to do so. Some dreams are not worth pursuing. And for what it’s worth I’ve been getting some great work here while also earning a solid wage teaching. I will be able to buy my own home in a few years which I imagine is not remotely the case for the thousands of people competing in LA.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from SteveMc in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
    Fascinating topic. It’s interesting to see the backlash boiling up about the film composing industry. I’m not at all surprised to hear about these awful conditions, and HZ has actively contributed to it with his business model. His legacy in Hollywood will ultimately not be a musical one, but a capitalistic one.
     
    I had the opportunity to move to LA a few years ago and try to crack into the industry. It didn’t take me long to weigh up the options and stay in Australia instead. I do not regret that decision, not least because right now COVID has made things even more difficult for young composers (and as a foreigner I would’ve gone broke instantly). I will never write a Hollywood score now, but I also will not be homeless, starving or exploited in an attempt to do so. Some dreams are not worth pursuing. And for what it’s worth I’ve been getting some great work here while also earning a solid wage teaching. I will be able to buy my own home in a few years which I imagine is not remotely the case for the thousands of people competing in LA.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Marian Schedenig in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
    Joe Kraemer posted a followup thread on Twitter:
     
     
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Alex in Joe Kraemer: “I haven’t scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since ‘Rogue Nation’”   
    Interesting thread on Twitter by Joe Kramer explaining the state of film scoring right now.
     
     
    "This is a sad truth for everyone trying to make it in show business - it is virtually impossible for people who are neither born into money or born into the business.  And it IS a business - money is the bottom line.  As one very successful producer recently told me "Joe, no one gives a shit about your art".  I can count the number of mainstream Hollywood composers that I KNOW write all their music themselves on one hand, John Williams being the most famous example.  Everyone else is a team leader, a figurehead for a team of composers who are getting no credit, very little money, and no job security.  None of us have any job security anyway.  One of my closest friends made a deal behind my back that swindled me out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and then dumped me for a Zimling and this was after assuring me that working for him/her was the same as having a "savings bond". In 2010, having scored "The Way of The Gun" and close to 40 TV movies for the Hallmark Channel, I was so broke I had to sell my CDs and DVDs to feed my son. This is not a pity-party for me.  This is just a reality check for people who dream of scoring movies in Hollywood: It is a cutthroat community of people who are in the business to get rich and famous.  Writing music of any quality is secondary to that ultimate goal. And keep in mind, being an artist is not a civil right - no one owes me anything, even the ex-friend who swindled me.  Making art is a hobby, and if we can manage to make some money from it, so much the better. I promise to always do my best to write all the music in anything I score myself, and if I don't, to properly credit the people who co-write with me (i.e. to the film in a meaningful way.  These promises have definitely impeded progress in my career - I haven't scored a single mainstream Hollywood movie since 'Rogue Nation'.  But I also haven't ripped anyone off, or swindled my friends, or presented a false impression. I promise not to hire an 'assistant' who is really a ghost-writer.  I promise to do my best not to just copy the temp, but to contribute of myself to directors, producers, or studio execs.  To the OP, Nadia, thank you for sharing your story.  There are a lot of hard truths that need to be shown to those who hope to join this business.  I think often of a quote once heard, spoken by one of the cinema's greatest composers:  "I got into this business to make a living.  Now people get into it to make a killing."  In closing, let me reiterate, this is not whining - this is a tough business, and it's not for the faint of heart to undertake. It can be wonderfully rewarding, but it is also impossibly challenging.  I hope it can evolve to a community that helps each other rather than competes with each other”.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Naïve Old Fart in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    I've heard good things, about this. I like QUEER AS FOLK, but I've not seen YEARS AND YEARS.
    RTD did a medical drama, a few years back. "Dr. somebody", I think it was called. I liked that 
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Falstaft in "Slave Children's Crusade"   
    Anyone else think Göransson was inspired by this when he wrote his Mandalorian march?
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in WandaVision SHOW Discussion   
    I'm loving WandaVision. It's a wonderful tribute to the classic sitcoms of the 20th century. The main storyline can take as long as it wants to get into gear, for now I'm just getting a kick out of Olsen and Bettany's wonderful chemistry and excellent comedy work. I could watch Kathryn Hahn ham it up for days. The little crumbs of not-quite-right are increasingly unsettling and a great mood.
     
    I'm almost dreading the "real world" stuff, I can only imagine it'll be stock-standard Marvel/SHIELD drama. 
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    Docteur Qui reacted to crocodile in The Official Christopher Nolan Church Thread   
    Incorrect. He wanted the film to be released on big screen but not necessarily in the middle of the pandemic. That was studio's decision. He couldn't have changed it if he wanted to. You're conflating two different things - Nolan wanting to save cinemas and studios wanting to make their money back as soon as possible. Directors have influence over some stuff but not over things they didn't pay for.
     
    Karol
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Disco Stu in The Official Christopher Nolan Church Thread   
    I don't think he's being a crybaby at all.  Warner made a unilateral decision without consulting the people who actually made the damn movies.  There's no way to spin that as not fucked up and incompetent.  Not wanting to work with them anymore is a perfectly reasonable reaction, even if it didn't affect his latest movie specifically.  I don't like Nolan's movies, but I like his commitment to movie theaters. 
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    Docteur Qui reacted to crocodile in WandaVision SHOW Discussion   
    I'm really surprised at the audience reaction to this show. The majority of my friends either hate it or are not sure about it. I heard the argument it's not very funny. I mean, the artifice of it is sort of the point, isn't it? It's not an actual sitcom. It's different from the movies and the actual narrative emerges slowly which becomes more and more obvious with each episode. I'm fine with deliberate pacing and it is clearly going somewhere. Watched episode 3 today and enjoyed it very much. It looks like it is going in the direction I was hoping for which is to explore Wanda's character and the relationship between her emotional state and bizarre set of powers which are capable of warping reality itself. In the comics she really made quite a mess out of the Marvel universe on her bad days and it looks like Phase 4 might focus on that. I think it's a pretty cool idea if true.
     
    Karol
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    Docteur Qui reacted to KK in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    Did you ever watch Davies' Years and Years? Was that any good?
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    Docteur Qui reacted to crocodile in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    It's a Sin.
     

     
    This could have been really ponderous and didactic... I tend to be put off by emotional manipulation. But, to my genuine surprise, it was really charming and touching. Very good and likeable young cast and very solid production. Russell T. Davies has definitely learned a thing or two since the ancient days of Queer as Folk as this is definitely way more polished. Hope a lot of people see this. I can think of one or two...or dozen... who probably should...
     
    Karol
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Gruesome Son of a Bitch in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    They are movies for kids with adults reading into them too much. I think the prequels were also aimed at younger people of the next generation but immature Gen Xers turned up in droves buying dolls and camping out for them, ruining everything. Disney certainly hasn't helped matters.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    Chen visits Disenchantment Land. Circa 2021.
     
    Forgive me.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to mstrox in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    I was disillusioned by a Star Wars trilogy once, and the answer was: distancing myself completely  from Star Wars for a few years, and then eventually dipping my toes back in.
     
    Disney hasn’t disillusioned me in that way - for me, they’ve released three excellent movies, one okay movie, and one stinker, in that order - and one excellent TV show.  Their comics via Marvel and IDW are better than what Dark Horse ever put out.  Their animation has been mostly hit (Rebels, TCW s7) and some miss (Resisistance). Overall, that’s a pretty good hit ratio IMO.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    Isn't it amazing how much power and attention these guys are giving this guy?
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Knight of Ren in The Matrix Resurrections (Fourth Matrix film)   
    I also wanted Davis to return to this, but I really like some of the music this two have done together, especially Cloud Atlas and Perfume. I love how the choir is used in this last one.
     
    I guess I will give them the benefit of the doubt
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    Docteur Qui reacted to bruce marshall in The Matrix Resurrections (Fourth Matrix film)   
    Their music for BABYLON BERLIN is excellent#
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    Docteur Qui reacted to karelm in The Composer's Thread   
    These instruments have to be worked with quantization, modwheels, shaping the phrases etc.  It's a deep topic and even if you are using good samples, they hardly ever sound good out of the box without quite some work.  I have the BBC Orchestra but don't know how it differs from the free version, is it a single dynamic layer?  I do think you should use more variety in the instrumentation samples.  When I spoke of orchestration, I was referring to music material, not the mockup quality.  The way an orchestrator would work through this is different from what you are doing.  They'll listen to what you intend and flush it out to be more likely to give you what you mean rather than what you did.  It's also about knowing the balance between instruments but also sections and how you need to reinforce the primary idea and back off on the secondary or tertiary ideas.  I like to use this as an example of primary and secondary reinforcements where you have a huge tutti orchestra blasting away:
    Everyone in the very large orchestra (over 100 players here) is playing the same note in octaves...all are on G playing at fff.  At 4:24, at the same fff the low brass plays the big Mars theme.  What I hear in this recording is 3 trombones.  Notice the balance between those three instruments in their tesitura (their big register) blows maybe 100 other players away that are all playing that same dynamic.  The reality is there are alot of other instruments playing that theme with the trombones but they are clobbered by the trombones.  This is an example of balance and reinforcing the primary then secondary idea effectively.  Generally, as music gets louder, the material simplifies down to one or two (maybe three ideas) and every one reinforces one of those.  Sure there are composers who don't do this but in general this applies. 
     
    This is a subject that takes years of study and work so isn't a quick subject suited for an email or two.   For example, in sample libraries dynamics are defined as decibels and the instruments are equalized like a keyboard so if playing the same velocity, they'll be equally loud.  That is not the case in an orchestra.  Strings don't get that loud for example.  A piccolo in low register is hard to hear and in its high register can be heard over anything but will pierce.  Balancing these out to support each other is one of the important aspects of orchestration.  Also what part of the chord do you double?  Lots of composers might double triads but an orchestrator would rethink this.  The root is the primary note and most frequent.  The fifth is the second most frequent, and the 3rd is the least frequently doubled because it can muddy the clarity of the sonics plus a little bit makes the tonality clear.  This is just a rule of thumb but its an example of how working with an orchestrator or teacher can help you get a more professional sound.   I hope that explained it better.
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