earlstepp asked:

Hey Nathan, might you have some tips, tricks or hints for a novice composer? I loved the process of how you recorded the score for Looper, it reminded me of Music Concrete. It has inspired me to go out and record some found sounds and make some awesome music. Thank you.

Thanks Earlstepp

Really glad to hear that the score inspired you to go make some stuff on your own. I suppose there are probably lots of specific and practical little tips, but how about a broad one? I’ve found it helpful (as with many kinds of writing) to write from my gut and test it against a certain scene. If it makes me feel something, chances are it will make others feel something as well, but the important thing is that when you’re feeling something, you’re inspired to keep following that thread. And of course, that is an important key to making any type of art: the persistence to keep following a thread until you really see what it can become!

loopermovie
loopermovie:

We are EVERYWHERE!
iTunes, Xbox, PSN, Amazon, Blu, DVD, Redbox, take your pick. We are officially out.
If you’re a fiend for extras, the Blu is your best bet.  (Has anyone found the easter egg yet?)
The above image, by the way, is my dad proudly posing at our color timing session with his cameo.  Happy New Year!

I bought myself the blu. Highly recommend. There were even some nice things that I hadn’t yet seen!

loopermovie:

We are EVERYWHERE!

iTunes, Xbox, PSN, Amazon, Blu, DVD, Redbox, take your pick. We are officially out.

If you’re a fiend for extras, the Blu is your best bet.  (Has anyone found the easter egg yet?)

The above image, by the way, is my dad proudly posing at our color timing session with his cameo.  Happy New Year!

I bought myself the blu. Highly recommend. There were even some nice things that I hadn’t yet seen!

spiritedmag
spiritedmag:

As we prepare for our upcoming issue this Winter titled Dystopia, we are honored to wrap up 2012 with an interview with Looper composer Nathan Johnson. 
[Looper - movie by Rian Johnson - came out this past Fall 2012 and it’s a time-travel dystopian story available on itunes now]

“So I found that for me, that ‘risk-nature’ comes from wanting to try to do something and realizing that there are restrictions that won’t allow you to do it the way everybody else does it. So then, you have to just go for it and try to still make something with what you’ve got.”
- Nathan Johnson

I love Amanda and Spirited Magazine! Looking forward to their next issue.

spiritedmag:

As we prepare for our upcoming issue this Winter titled Dystopia, we are honored to wrap up 2012 with an interview with Looper composer Nathan Johnson.

[Looper - movie by Rian Johnson - came out this past Fall 2012 and it’s a time-travel dystopian story available on itunes now]

“So I found that for me, that ‘risk-nature’ comes from wanting to try to do something and realizing that there are restrictions that won’t allow you to do it the way everybody else does it. So then, you have to just go for it and try to still make something with what you’ve got.” - Nathan Johnson

I love Amanda and Spirited Magazine! Looking forward to their next issue.

loopermovie
All of the featurettes I created about how we scored Looper will be on the BluRay, along with a load of other awesome stuff. Directly from Rian:
loopermovie:

We’re out on DVD/BLU in the states on 12/31!
Some great extras on both versions, but the blu will have 17 deleted scenes versus just a few on the DVD.  I didn’t count it up exactly but I think it’s about 40 minutes of stuff.  Also included is a commentary track I did with Joe and Emily, Zach Johnson’s animated trailer in glorious HD, and Nathan Johnson’s vignettes on creating the score.  We’ve also hidden a student short on there again.
More details here!

All of the featurettes I created about how we scored Looper will be on the BluRay, along with a load of other awesome stuff. Directly from Rian:

loopermovie:

We’re out on DVD/BLU in the states on 12/31!

Some great extras on both versions, but the blu will have 17 deleted scenes versus just a few on the DVD.  I didn’t count it up exactly but I think it’s about 40 minutes of stuff.  Also included is a commentary track I did with Joe and Emily, Zach Johnson’s animated trailer in glorious HD, and Nathan Johnson’s vignettes on creating the score.  We’ve also hidden a student short on there again.

More details here!