August 6th, 2008

Whale fluke

The Life of Leonard Rosenman Part Six: Star Trekkin', across the universe...

In Part Six, composer Leonard Rosenman discusses Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where Kirk & Co. save the whales to save the world:
The greatest challenge that it posed was that you're dealing not with something new but with 20 years of habit with Sandy Courage's theme. The idea of trying to create, as Jerry [Goldsmith] did, and I think even Jamie [Horner] tried to do it, a new Star Trek theme is shoveling sand against the waves. My original idea, and as a matter of fact, even the script, called for Sandy Courage's theme at the beginning. I thought, "Well, if I have to do it, I'll make a fantastic arrangement of it, the kind they've never heard before." I took it a bit slower and very sweeping, and then for the rest of the film I had my own music...

When we mated the music to the film, [director] Leonard [Nimoy] liked my arrangement of Sandy's theme for the main title, but felt it didn't show the film was fun at all.

We were in [Nimoy's] office at the time, and he took a tape of the end credit and put it at the film's beginning. "That's what we need!" he said. "Let's throw the Courage theme out and redo the main title." We just used the opening fanfare of Sandy's theme. Leonard wanted that sense of adventure and fun, something like a fast chase, which it was.
By the way, Nimoy later tried to get Rosenman rehired for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but director Nicholas Meyer wanted to make his own choice, and the budget likely called for a newer/younger/cheaper composer. Meyer made a good choice in Cliff Eidelman; I'm really fond of his Star Trek VI score. I wish Eidelman had had a bigger career following it.
Whale fluke

Good Harlan news from Harlan

Harlan Ellison had surgery Tuesday. He's chimed in online for the first time since then:
- Wednesday, August 6 2008 15:29:13

I'm out, and among you. I have seen the Black Lagoon, and it is good.

Dr. Karlsberg deserves the accolades he has accumulated. I felt no pain, they did not put me under, the job was done in an hour. Bim bam boom, and I was on the sidewalk in front of the South Tower of Cedars-Sinai at 9 this morning, just as Susan and Sharon pulled up.

Home now, and feeling just peachy. It was all "just one dust mote shy of a Moon Landing spectacular" -- in the words of Dr. Ronald Karlsberg, El Magnifico.

Yr. Pal, Harlan
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I get to be right!

At the very end of the very fun Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, I said "Is that [very well-known actor]?" It was! IMDb says so!

(Yes I'm being intentionally vague.)
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