In this exclusive video interview below; Jon Burlingame talks with Composer Harry Gregson-Williams about his work on Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian,’ which tells the story of a manned mission to Mars, where Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and then left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. Alongside Matt Damon, it features an all-star cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
This mini-documentary is a fascinating insight into the process of Scoring such a huge film. Gregson-Williams talks about how he first approached the music, including how he and Scott decided which direction to take. He also talks about how the landscapes of Mars heavily influenced the tone and colours within the music, and that they chose key paths to follow with how scary, lonely, isolating, and even how funny it would become.
Harry Gregson-Williams even treats the viewer to a preview of the Score; including footage from the recording sessions, and rather excitingly; he even plays the theme of Matt Damon’s character on the piano.
The full video is below for your enjoyment: