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FIVE LESSONS FROM JERRY GOLDSMITH’S CAREER THAT MAKE ME A BETTER ARTIST
#4. DON’T BE PRECIOUS
When Jerry is seen in documentary footage presenting his work to the director for the first time, you can hear the pride in his voice, his need for approval. In every case, the director says – Yes, but – and has comments, they dialogue, and Jerry goes to address them, changing the score on a dime. That’s filmmaking, the collaboration. He also had to deal with outright rejection of his work. If for whatever reason, despite everyone’s best intentions, you find that your creative contribution is at odds with the filmmaker’s intentions, it is not uncommon to have scores severely edited or dumped entirely. Jerry saw his scores for Alien and Legend (both Ridley Scott films) edited in the former case and the latter was rescored for the US release. His final score, Timeline, was rejected when the filmmakers re-edited the film. Whether the correct choices for the films was made (arguable) or whether or not he was happy about it (he wasn’t), it is part of the business, and he understood that.