DIFF 2011 Video Interview: ARTHUR composer Theodore Shapiro

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 7th, 2011

It's not often that you get to sit down with the composer of a film for an interview, let alone one with such a sound body of work. But Theodore Shapiro is a great one to start with, having scored everything from TROPIC THUNDER, I LOVE YOU, MAN, OLD SCHOOL, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, and countless other instant classic comedies. Most recently, Shapiro composed the score for the Russell Brand-starring remake of ARTHUR, picking up where Burt Bacharach left off some thirty years ago.

We sat down with Shapiro while in town for his own concert series at the DSO (as well as ARTHUR's premiere at DIFF) to discuss paying homage to the original score while playing his own tune, the fun that can be had scoring comedies, what his process is like when beginning a composition, what film scores influence him, and more!

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