Tuesday September 19, 2017

'You're never finished': composer Mychael Danna's quest to nail a film score

Composer Mychael Danna has created scores for a number of films including Life of Pi, Little Miss Sunshine and Moneyball.

Composer Mychael Danna has created scores for a number of films including Life of Pi, Little Miss Sunshine and Moneyball. (Getty Images for BMI)

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Canadian composer Mychael Danna has scored dozens of Hollywood films — Little Miss Sunshine, Moneyball, The Good Dinosaur, Capote, The Sweet Hereafter, Girl Interrupted, to name a few — and earned an Oscar for best original score in 2013 for Life of Pi.

Danna has reworked the Life of Pi score into an orchestral suite and tonight, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will perform its world premiere. Danna talks to Tom Power about why his Life of Pi music still captures the imagination, and what it takes to score some of the biggest films in Hollywood. 

— Produced by Ben Edwards