Meet Alexandra Petsavas : “The Woman Behind the Success of the Twilight Soundtracks”
Dose recently did a Q&A Â with Alexandra Patsavas, the woman credited for the success of the Twilight soundtracks.
Here is an excerpt from their interview :
Only the most try-hard of Twihards remember the exact rules of vampire baseball. But you might recall hearing Museâ€™s â€œSupermassive Black Holeâ€ as the Cullen family stepped up to the plate in the first installment of theÂ Twilight Saga. But then, maybe thatâ€™s not your favoriteÂ Twilight musical moment (scenes involving goofy baseball shirts so infrequently are). Maybe youâ€™re more into swooning along to Iron & Wineâ€™s â€œFlightless Birdâ€ as Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) slow-dance at their school prom (Twilight). Or gasping over Bellaâ€™s near-death visions of Edward as Grizzly Bearâ€™s â€œSlow Lifeâ€ burbles up from the watery depths (New Moon). Whatever your favoriteÂ Twilight track is, though, Alexandra Patsavas had a part in it.
Dose.ca: Could you tell me how you go about putting together music for a Twilight soundtrack? When does work begin?
Alexandra Patsavas: The work begins once the supervisor is hired and the script is distributed. We [the director, the producers and later, the artists] spend a lot of time during production while the movieâ€™s being shot just starting to talk about music, starting to have a conversation about tone and feel, but the real work begins after the movie is shot so we can start to pair music with footage.
Dose.ca: Is it a different process working on a Twilight movie than any other project youâ€™ve done?
Patsavas: Itâ€™s been an incredible process. Of course thereâ€™s been three Twilight movies that have been released and a great deal of interest from some pretty particular artists and thatâ€™s been really a wonderful experience. And also weâ€™ve had many bands come into the cutting room and really work directly with the director to create music for these movies. Beck came in the cutting room and Lykke Li and Grizzly Bear, Mute Math â€” so weâ€™ve had quite a few bands really tailoring music for the movies. Hayley Williams, as well, from Paramore.
Dose.ca: How unusual is that?
Patsavas: You know, I think it is pretty unusual unless itâ€™s a movie about musicians or bands, in which case itâ€™s a whole different animal. Itâ€™s pretty unusual to have so many bands creating signature pieces for a project.
Dose.ca: Why has that been such a priority for these movies?
Patsavas: I think more than anything [Twilight Saga author] Stephenie Meyer has always referenced music and included playlists, and music is a big part of Twilight. And the producers and directors wanted to feature it.
Dose.ca: What do you keep in mind when selecting songs for the movies, apart from what Meyer has written in the books. What are the things youâ€™re thinking of?
Patsavas: I think that music really resonates with fans when it enhances the emotions in the scene and the acting, so I think more than anything weâ€™re trying to make â€” to make the score and the songs seamless. To make sure all the songs feel like Twilight songs. And tell a story to the audience. â€¦ I think definitely weâ€™re always thinking about Bella and Edward and Jacob and just about the atmosphere ofTwilight itself. There are characters and then there is the character of Twilight. â€¦ I think the music has to evoke, you know, itâ€™s got an indie feel, it has a smart lyric, it has a memorable hook. Of course, over the three movies we have sourced many different kinds of scenes â€” love scenes and love-lost scenes, and fight scenes, but I think thereâ€™s a certain through-line.
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