[WATCH] ‘Miss Sloane’ composer Max Richter on finding ‘language’ and ‘color for storytelling’

During our recent webcam chat (watch above), “Miss Sloane” composer Max Richter reveals that his work on the film stemmed firstly from, “the subject matter itself, which is a sort of high-powered, political, twisty narrative, full of energy and a lot of information,” and secondly from, “this lead character, Miss Sloane, and her trajectory through this landscape.” Directed by John Madden, this EuropaCorp release stars Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane, a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist taking on the most powerful opponent of her career: the gun industry.

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Richter, the German-born tunesmith behind “Waltz with Bashir” (2008), “Testament of Youth” (2014), and HBO’s “The Leftovers,” describes composing as, “trying to find the correct sort of language and the right sort of colors for storytelling.” It’s hard work, “a mixture between theory and planning and conceptualization, and then, really, experiment, because it’s really only when you meet the material with the music that you start to join them up, and then you hope that things catch fire.”

Related: Watch our video interview with Jessica Chastain (‘Miss Sloane’)

In the initial writing phase, he divulges, “I’m really minutely observing what the pictures are doing, what the characters are doing, what the emotions of the story are doing minute by minute, second by second.” He adds, “part of the process in this film is trying to figure out what it is that the music can do that some other aspect of the storytelling isn’t already doing. In other words, why music?”

Could Max Richter reap his first Oscar nomination for the film? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Miss Sloane.”

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