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Hans Zimmer has just become lazy

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Hans Zimmer has just become lazy   Wednesday, May 25, 2005 (6:15 p.m.) 

Hans Zimmer has just become lazy. It's that simple, he's content to lie back and live off of his past successes while getting all his underlings to do the real work. That is why Williams and him switched, a kids movie for Zimmer would be much easier compared to the daunting task of a huge epic. It seems every score he does now he never does alone but gets all the credit. I think the composers that surround him such as williams should break off from the Zimmer name, it's just holding them back.


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Re: Hans Zimmer has just become lazy   Friday, May 27, 2005 (11:09 a.m.) 

Harry Gregson-Williams by now has nothing to do with Hans, I mean they are just friends, he moved from Media Ventures/(today I guess it's called)Remote Control since years, and now he has his own beautiful and huge studio complex, same with John Powell, Mark Mancina etc. it's just a mistake made by most of the critics/reviewers that are keep saying 'a new score from the MV group' each time when they release a new score, even the better sites keep mentioning that they were came from Media Ventures, which is in my oppinion totally useless by now, yes they were once there, but actually the best ones like John Powell and Gregson-Williams were never the follower of the 'famous' Media Ventures sound, they helped Hans to create that sound from the begining, and they did a great job, what makes it 'irritating' nowdays for some people is that it is overused by those who can't use that trademark sound with quality and creativity.
I dont think Zimmer switched with him because he was lazy, actually I can think of two options:
1. Hans has at least 1 epic score almost every year and may be he was tired(bored) to do another one 'right after' King Arthur, honestly I can understand him and an animation movie from the creator of Shrek probably seemed a pleasent change for him.
2. In the other hand, Gregson-Williams has the same with animation movies(one per every year), and of course his name is BIG (well deserved though) nowdays, a Ridley Scott movie (even if it's not his most creative and best) is still a new step for him, and I guess Hans gave him the chance, he has done that many times with fellow composers.
About:

'It seems every score he does now he never does alone but gets all
the credit.'

Actually it has nothing to do with lazyness either, he just gives chances for younger composers and he loves to be around with other composers when he is working (not every composer likes to be lonely). His collaboration with
Newton-Howard is a good example for that, good people can inspire each others.
And watch the End Credits after the film, or read the Cd texts, everybody ALWAYS gets his credit, even if a coffey-man farts at the recording session and it can be heard on the album, you will find his name ...

About his music, I think Hans's last GREAT year was 2001 or 2002 with
Pearl Harbor/BHD/Hannibal, for me since then he has lost something, I am not sure what it is but I hope/believe he will soon get it back, creative people can have bad/not great periods that can last for years.

For Gregson-Williams or John Powell I don't think they will ever escape from the 'Media Ventures' mark, and I don't think they care about it, they are two relatively young genious composers with great future, and we must thank Hans for that.

Freak



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Re: Hans Zimmer has just become lazy   Tuesday, December 5, 2006 (3:31 p.m.) 
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I just stumbled on this thread while on Google

I spent a number of years around the Media Ventures complex working on
various records for Mojo Music and on a few film projects with Jay Rifkin
and one with Hans. On a creative level, Hans is one of the most approachable
people I've worked with and he looks for, and accepts input from just about anyone.
I saw the cast of characters in Hans creative circle change over time, but it is almost
impossible to get fired or asked to leave. There is a hierarchy, but it exists more
in a creative way than in a "this is my job - not yours" way. Respect was handed out
very freely, as are opportunities if you "bring the heat" so to speak. Hans works
extremely hard logging superhuman hours and has a feel for emotionalizing picture
in a way that will be remembered as legendary. His willingness to allow people
to collaborate with him and to even be in that kind of environment. working at the highest
level of the motion picture industry, is a lesson for all of us. He has provided countless
opportunities for sooo many people and created platforms for some of today's most
well known composers to rise out of obscurity. Even though they are now living
seperate lives, his former partner Jay Rifkin embodied this philosophy completely
as well with the two of them and their Media Ventures family creating some of
Hollywood's most memorable scores.

> For Gregson-Williams or John Powell I don't think they will ever escape
> from the 'Media Ventures' mark, and I don't think they care about it, they
> are two relatively young genious composers with great future, and we must
> thank Hans for that.

> Freak



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