Soundtrack is recorded 8 days before film premiere. A record?

Just in from the Gothenburg Symphony:

On 1-2 February, the German film director Wim Wenders was in Gothenburg to record the music to his new 3D-movie Everything Will Be Fine (starring James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg), composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat, a leading Oscar contender for The Imitation Game and Grand Budapest Hotel.

After the recording with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, director and composer hurried off to an Oslo studio for a cutting and mixing session. The movie will be premièred at the Berlin Film Festival on 10 February.

Here’s a video from the recording including interviews with Wenders and Desplat:

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  • Pretty close. But the record is Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Jerry Goldsmith recorded the final tracks three days before the film’s premiere in Washington, DC.

  • Addendum: Goldsmith recorded the last tracks (the opening sequence) on December 1, 1979. The film premiered in Washington DC on December 4th and went into general release on the 7th. The score was nominated for an Oscar and is generally recognized as one of Goldsmith’s finest. Some people do their best work under pressure.

  • Having the composition, recording and subsequent mixing of a film music score done under extreme time pressure happens quite often. Just ask the composers. It’s the nature of the beast, since the workflow dictates this to be done in the end.

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