Joby Talbot Q&A: ‘Sing’ composer
During our recent webcam chat (watch above), composer Joby Talbot describes “Sing” as being “a dream” because, “the focus is fairly and squarely on music.” This Universal Pictures release of an Illumination Entertainment production centers on a koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) who has one final shot at restoring his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s largest voice competition. The film was also among the five nominees for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes and picked up an additional bid for it’s original song, “Faith,” written by Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder, and Francis Farewell Starlight.
Talbot, who recently received an Annie nomination for his work, has only dabbled in animation once before following a half-hour Aardman Animations short he did for charity. “It gave me some kind of an inkling,” he recalls, “but with that, it was finished, and I had to come in and score it.” In the case of “Sing,” “I was very much apart of the process as the film was still kind of developing, and getting finished. In fact, I really came onboard quite early, and some of the scenes I was scoring in the early days were really nothing more than storyboards.”
The tunesmith has been a frequent collaborator of writer and director Garth Jennings, scoring his previous two films, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005) and “Son of Rambow” (2007). “His life-long passion is music,” he reveals of the filmmaker, “and he’s just sort of poured every once of his very kind of omnivorous taste in music into this movie,” creating, “a love letter to music.”