Afternoon with Marina
Marina: We are pleased to have Marc Jovani. Marc is a film music and video games composer. Lives and works in Los Angeles. He has worked with stars like Christian Slater (Robin Hood), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Tom Skerritt (Alien) in films that have been released worldwide and have been broadcast on TV in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and Japan among others. Jovani’s career has been meteoric and with many accomplishments. To name just few highlights, in 2011, Jovani composes the film The Escape, a movie directed by James Connelly and produced by Paul Merryman. It won the Los Angeles Shorts Festival, for the category Best Drama, and it became Eligible for The Oscars Award Consideration.
From then on, Jovani has been working on dozens of projects, ranging from TV shows (NBC, Fox) to films, trailers and video games. His music has been recorded by orchestras in Warner Bros, East West, and other studios in Hollywood.
Marc also teaches Berklee College of Music.
He has been teaching the course Orchestration 1 since 2011. In 2016 he started teaching a new course: Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra. Now, as far as I know, and if my sources are reliable, he is creating a new course for Berklee: Orchestral, Hybrid & Electronic MockUp Production, which will be part of the Music Compositions for Films, TV and Games Major…
Marc: Well, that is still to be confirmed. I can’t say that is happening until they green-light the course. So I wouldn’t count on that just yet! haha
Marina: haha! Hi Marc, thanks for spending this time with us today. How are you?
Marc: Hi Marina. I’m fine. Thank you for having me. It’s my pleasure to be here.
Q: Oh! The pleasure is ours. We couldn’t afford not having you here, specially now that you’re in Spain. When are you back to Los Angeles?
A: At the end of this month.
Marina: Well, you still have a couple of “relaxed” weeks over here. I’m sure you’ve projects you’re working on as soon as you are back to LA.
A: Yes. I involved in a two projects, a movie and a documentary, that are partially produced by Netflix. Postproduction is starting Q4 2016.
Q. So Marc, everyone knows that you are already an established film composer. Tell us a bit more about what type of movies you have worked on.
A. I’ve worked on TV movies with a budget of 1 to 5 million that eventually go to theaters as well. The last couple of movies I worked on are “The Hatfields and McCoys”, with Christian Slater in the lead role, and “Christmas Twister,” starring Casper van Dien. Usually these projects coming from LA will have bigger overall budgets. In Spain the budget may be a bit smaller, but I feel like the percentage they invest in the music is slightly higher. The last Spanish features I worked on were “Al Final Todos Mueren” and “The Pixel Theory”. Both premiered in major film festivals, at the Malaga Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival.
Q. It’s interesting that you work on both continents. What’s the main difference between Los Angeles and Spain?
A. There are subtle differences. Like the projects in LA usually include temp score, while in Spain more often you will compose the soundtrack without reference music; but when it comes to composing, it’s the same thing at the end of the day. I would say in LA they do a better job at distribution. The movies I’ve done in LA were distributed in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.
Q. Are you working on any movie at the moment?
A. I’m finishing the soundtrack for a video game. Work has been a bit relaxed at the moment, in terms of movies. But I have some stuff coming up…
Q. That is exactly what I wanted to ask you about next! What are the movies you will be working on in the future?
A. It’s hard to tell, since you don’t really know until you are actually working on the project. But at the moment I have 2 movies lined up in LA and two in Spain over the next two years. The two movies in LA, both are 1.5 million budget movies. They are going well. They have distributors on board, pre-sales, etc. One of them is a horror thriller, they start shooting in February 2017, and they want me involved at the start of the production. The other one which is a romantic comedy, with the same production company, will come next. As for Spain I have two movies lined up. Both movies are from the same director, with who I’ve worked on lots of other movies.
Q. But it seems you don’t only do movies. You’ve also done lots of videogames. Tell me a bit more about that.
A. At the moment I’m working on a videogame that has been released this summer. It’s called SCORE, and has been green-lit by the STEAM Community, and Valve is helping the team to start moving things toward release on Steam. We are working in improvements and updates for the game. Also, I recently signed with a video games company and we will be releasing 4 games over the next two years. It is a video games company based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Q. I’m having a hard time figuring out how you organize your time to do so many things. If I’m not mistaken, on top of all that, you also teach at the Berklee College of Music. How do you fit so many things in?
A. Well you see, I teach at Berklee online, and depending on the number of students I have, I spend more or less time. But since it’s online, you get to organize your own time.
Q. Marc, I don’t want to take up any more of your time. It was great having you here today. We look forward to having you back soon. I wish you every success and good luck with all your projects.
A. Thanks again for having me. It has been such a pleasure!