June 11, 2006
INTO THE FIRE IN SEASON THREE
Throughout the season, Music Producer Elliot Lurie will be taking us through the process by which each episode's music is chosen. When I got my script to the opening two-parter I dived into it like a real fan, anxious to find out where the writers will be taking our characters in Season Three.
Wow! Lots of twists and turns I didn't see coming. Looks like a great season.
There's a long montage to close the show and the writers have indicated that the song "Wake Up" by The Arcade Fire will play over. I suspect that it may have too much tempo for the way I envision the images will play, but I call our clearance department to begin acquiring the rights.
Bad news. Arcade Fire will not license their music for film or TV.
Ben Brafman, who runs post-production, calls with an unusual request. Can I send up some early alternate song suggestions for the montage that the picture editors can work with?
I choose some things and email them to Vancouver, where the show is edited. One is by a new group called 13 Senses. The song is a moody piece called "Into The Fire." I found it on a new-release sampler from Europe and the lyrics seem right and the singer's voice is very appealing.
When I get the first cut of the show, there's "Into The Fire" over the end montage but it's too short. The montage is much longer than the song.
This is where my trusty computer and experience as a music editor come in. My job is to extend the song editorially, keep it interesting, have it work with the picture cuts and start and end so as to cover the entire sequence. It's time-consuming and detailed work, but after a lot of trial and error, I think I've got it.
I send my extended version up to Vancouver and it's included in the next cut of the show. The executive producers and USA Network like it, we clear the rights, and it's in.
Other songs that I sent to Ben that didn't make the cut? "What Sarah Said" by Death Cab For Cutie and "Fall" by The Editors.
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