Trent Reznor isn't exactly fond of Bird Box or his experience crafting the score. Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails partner Atticus Ross composed the score for the successful Netflix project. Reznor and Ross have been cranking out scores like a well-oiled machine over the past handful of years, receiving praise for nearly every project they do. Their work on HBO's The Watchmen easily ened the series, much like the music they created for The Social Network.
Not every scoring experience can be an easy one. Trent Reznor has been in the music business for over 30 years now and he has the scars to prove it. Working on Netflix's Bird Box turned to be a learning experience for Reznor and Atticus Ross. Reznor had this to say about working on the movie and what went wrong.
"When we got immersed in it, it felt like some people were phoning it in. And you're stuck with a film editor who had real bad taste. That's kind of our barricade to getting stuff in the film. And the final icing on the shit cake was we were on tour when they mixed it. And they mixed the music so low, you couldn't hear it anyway. So it was like, that was a... That was a f***ing waste of time."
However, after they saw the finished product, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor were sure Bird Box would just come and go. "Then we thought, no one's going to see this f*cking movie," the musician joked. "And, of course, it's the hugest movie ever in Netflix." The movie was huge and started a whole pop culture wave with people even attempting the "Bird Box challenge," which injured more than a few people.
The Woman in the Window starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman was supposed to be theirs, but they dropped out of the project. "There's no animosity on our end," Trent Reznor says. "It's frustrating when you did that much work and it's gone. And we were proud - and they were proud - of the movie that it was." At the very least, Reznor and Atticus Ross have an unreleased record under their belts. The duo have been creating award-winning scores for movies, documentaries, and TV shows, for a decade now, while also continuing to put out new Nine Inch Nails material. It appears that the duo are about to begin work on a new NIN project that will find them collaborating with other artists.
As for the next score, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor are going to start work on David Fincher's next movie, Mank, which is set in the 40s. They will be using instruments from the time period when crafting their score, so that should be very interesting to hear when they complete it. You can check out the rest of the interview with Trent Reznor over at Revovler.
South by Southwest has unveiled its final round of keynotes and featured speakers including Damon Lindelof, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Lulu Wang, Janelle Monae, Judd Apatow, Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones, Annie Clark, Carrie Brownstein, Kevin Feige, The Russo Brothers, Spike Jones, Julianne Moore, Robin Thede and an impressive mix of Hollywood names that are making moves and changing the industry. The 34th edition of the SXSW annual conference will take place in Austin from March 13 to 22.
Nine Inch Nails group members Reznor and Ross join Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and writer Damon Lindelof to discuss their collaboration on the HBO series Watchmen while The Farewell director Wang, fresh off her Independent Spirit Award win, will also deliver a keynote. Grammy-nominated singer Monae, who is also the star of the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming and the upcoming film Antebellum will also take the stage as a keynote.
“Today's announcement is one of the most significant we've made in the 34 year history of SXSW,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “The Keynote and Featured Speakers added to the lineup are can't-miss luminaries who are headed here to share the theories, strategies, and motivation behind their success. We're honored to share the whole of this year's stellar conference schedule with our attendees. There's definitely something for everyone at the 2020 event.”
Featured speakers and sessions include Judd Apatow, who will interview Stephen Colbert while Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones for will talk about their upcoming Netflix series #blackexcellence and Black List founder Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen will bring The Black List Podcast to the Austin-based confab.
The new additions to the keynote and featured lineup will join previously-announced Keynote Speakers including Erin Lee Carr, Diplo, Kim Gordon as well as Whitney Wolfe Herd and Jon Korngold with Gayle King.
Read the new additions below.
Newly-announced SXSW 2020 Keynotes include:
Multiple Grammy-award winning musician, actress, producer, director, and writer Vincent a/k/a Annie Clark with musician, actress, writer, and director Carrie Brownstein in conversation about their upcoming collaboration on The Nowhere Inn Convergence The founder of SM Entertainment, one of Asia's largest entertainment groups, and pioneer and innovator of the modern K-Pop industry, Soo-Man Lee in conversation with COO of Capitol Music Group, Michelle Jubelirer Music Eight-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, activist, star of the second season of Amazon's critically acclaimed series Homecoming and the upcoming film Antebellum Janelle Monáe Convergence Executive Director of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation Cat Packer in conversation with Cannabis...
Last year, Bird Box became Netflix’s biggest hit movie, setting the streaming giant’s seven-day records and inspiring dangerous memes. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has been overrun by monsters that cause people who look directly at them to kill themselves. For a movie that’s all about sight or lack thereof, Bird Box would have to rely heavily on sound. But one of the key composers behind that sound, Trent Reznor, who composed the Bird Box score alongside his frequent collaborator Atticus Ross, was not very happy with his experience working on the Netflix film.
In a candid interview with Revolver, Reznor called his experience on Bird Box “a fucking waste of time.” The musician, whose frequent collaborations with Atticus Ross have won acclaim and a Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher’s The Social Network, did not mince words when looking back at his time working on Bird Box.
“When we got immersed in it, it felt like some people were phoning it in. And you’re stuck with a film editor who had real bad taste. That’s kind of our barricade to getting stuff in the film. And the final icing on the shit cake was we were on tour when they mixed it. And they mixed the music so low, you couldn’t hear it anyway. So it was like, that was a … [Laughs] That was a fucking waste of time. Then we thought, no one’s going to see this fucking movie. And, of course, it’s the hugest movie ever in Netflix.”
The film was directed by Susanne Bier and edited by Ben Lester, though Reznor does not specifically call anyone out for the treatment of his and Ross’ original score. But when you’ve got renowned composers like Reznor and Ross, who have composed for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, Waves, and most recently HBO’s Watchmen, I feel like you should give some due attention to their score.
Whatever the case, Reznor and Ross probably won’t be returning for Bird Box 2.