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This issue contains some interesting tidbits on Tomb Raider, Shrek and Final Fantasy along with a sneak peek at Jim Hill's newest column. Enjoy!. -- Joe Tracy
Tomb Raider Score
Michael Kamen, who had been hired to produce the score for Tomb Raider, was let go at the last minute and replaced by Graeme Revell. Kamen is a well-known composer who produced scores for movies like X-Men, The Iron Giant, and all the Lethal Weapon movies to name a few. Insiders state that the change was, in part, due to poor communication between the directors/producers and Kamen over delivery times of test scores and delivery of feedback on the test scores.
Because Revell was just hired on a few weeks ago (late April), he has been given only 14 days to complete 100 minutes of music for Tomb Raider, including the orchestra recording sessions in London! With such little time, it is likely that some of the music will be synthesized.
In the past, Revell has helped score films like Titan A.E., Blow, Red Planet, and Spawn.
The Tomb Raider soundtrack, coming out June 5, will feature rock songs from various artists. According to Amazon.com, there will be two versions of the soundtrack sold - one with explicit lyrics and one without. There are no score selections on the soundtrack and it is unknown at this time if Revell's last minute score will ever be released on CD.
The visual effects in Tomb Raider were accomplished by The Mill, which won an Academy Award for "Best Visual Effects" with last year's Gladiator movie.
is cutting the distribution of Tomb Raider very close. Tomb
Raider is one month away, without a score, and still pending a rating
by the Motion Picture Association of America. The score must still be
edited into the film and the film duplicated for over 2,500 theaters and
mailed to theaters, arriving in time for the June 15 launch.
Final Fantasy Edited
After Negative Screening Comments
While Shrek is currently enjoying the media spotlight for its animation realism, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within will soon dominate the news for its photorealistic characters and for having one of the longest realistic kisses ever between two animated characters.
The premiere for Final
Fantasy: The Spirits Within is scheduled for July 9, only two days
prior to the July 11 nationwide release.
Shrek's Four Million
Myers told The New York Post that he was surprised when DreamWorks approved the request because DreamWorks had to throw out all the character animation of Shrek in order to match the revised soundtrack, costing the company about $4 million.
"Jeffrey Katzenberg told me that this had never been done before in the history of animation," Myers told the Post.
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