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MusicI am Lorne Balfe, composer for “The LEGO Batman Movie”, “Terminator: Genisys,” the “Skylanders” games and many other films, games and TV shows. AMA!

Feb 15th 2017 by lornebalfe • 13 Questions • 306 Points

My short bio: Hi everyone, I’m Lorne Balfe, composer for “The LEGO Batman Movie”, “Terminator: Genisys,” “Marcella”; “Churchill”; the “SKYLANDERS” video games and other cool stuff. I wrote the original music for “The LEGO Batman Movie” and the song “I Found You” for the film.

It's now closing time... I had a great time answering your questions! Check out the “The LEGO Batman Movie”, the second season of "The Story Of God with Morgan Freeman" and the upcoming Nat Geo series about Albert Einstein “Genius”. To find out more about me, check out my website, http://www.lornebalfe.com/

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Q:

Did you intend to Rick Roll the entire Lego Batman movie audience?

A:

Damn right we did. So happy that I can technically say I have "worked" with the legend Rick Astley


Q:

Hi Lorne, you said you use SAM samples for your music in AC and Skylanders. Do you ever change the cc value for the brass? (It always sounds like it's the same breath attack) Do you have any tips for speeding up midi orchestration?

A:

My suggestion for speeding up midi orchestration is :

Listening to classical music. Listening to commercial music. And most importantly , practice.

The only way to be fast is to have a constant flow of ideas and how you can achieve them in the midi.


Q:

What was your favorite scene to make?

A:

The opening. It was the hardest to work also. We tried several different musical approaches to this , so we recorded it several times. The beginning of the film musically I find is always difficult because it is setting the tone of the whole film.


Q:

Which character in LEGO batman do you see yourself as? Thank you:)

A:

Gentleman Ghost or Condiment King


Q:

On a personal level, what are some of your favorite films?

A:

The Goonies, The Burbs, Star Wars, The Game


Q:

What is Christopher Nolan like as a director compared to when he's off the job?

A:

The same ! A man with passion, humor and a different view of looking at the world.


Q:

Who'd win in a fight? Batman or Terminator?

A:

Difficult . Really depends on which Batman it is.

Adam West - Terminator would defiantly win there.

Lego Batman - He would whoop The Terminators Metal ass


Q:

There's talk of James Cameron returning to T6 as a producer with the director of Deadpool to direct. You did an awesome job with Genisys and really loved the film. Would you be willing to return to the Terminator world in T6? Was T5 a good experience for you and did you get to meet Arnold?

A:

Defiantly if asked. Working with the team on Terminator. It was fantastic fun. It was amazing to be able to use the fantastic original theme and the infamous "Duh,duh,duh,duh,duh."


Q:

What is your personal favorite film score?

A:

Wall Street. (The original !!)

then The Goonies has to be a close contender


Q:

So with the contrasts of different tracks throughout all the soundtracks you helped create, what two tracks from any piece of media would you say had the biggest differences and why?

A:

They have all the same difficulties and differences. Writing a score for a commercial is just as difficult as a 10 minutes action sequence in a film.


Q:

Thanks so much for the AMA, so how do you feel about LEGO personally? Did you ever play with them as a child or anything similar prior to working on the LEGO Batman Movie?

A:

Lego was my "go-to" toy. Lego is my "go-to" toy.


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA, I've been looking forward to it! Whilst I have no doubt that it varies, at what point in production do you usually receive a rough cut of films/scenes to score for? Also, if you remember and are allowed to say, what's the strangest score feedback or suggestions you've received during the production process?

A:

Strangest score feedback : "Did you intend to make the whole score sound so disconnected and basically disjointed ?" the answer was strangely - no.

In regards to when I start. The process is always different. Sometimes I only get picture closer to when the film is nearly finished. Other times, I can start writing before they have even filmed. I had worked on a scene once on a film 2 years before it was even released. During those two years, the scene changed a lot and then in the final film, the score was replaced with a song !


Q:

Thank you for doing an AMA. Who would you say your biggest influences were? And where do you get your inspiration from? Thank you!

A:

Biggest influences musically have been mainly from contemporary bands are solo artists. Film music was a genre I only later started enjoying. Peter Gabriel, Aphex Twin, Depeche Mode