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First: this freaking spring weather has got me seriously restless. I either want to do something incredibly brain-numbing to dull the feeling, or something incredibly exhilerating to amplify it until I fall over from sheer exhaustion, no matter how much adrenaline is flowing. Either way, sitting in a cubicle is driving me NUTS. Sigh. At least it's cold enough at night to encourage me to stay inside and work on stuff.

Second: NPR interview went really well, I think! I also got positive feedback from my professor, so WIN. There was only one thing that bothered me: the interviewer asked me if I felt scoring for games was "settling" for something less than scoring for film. I hope I managed to sufficiently articulate the two problems with that view - a) games have enormous parts that aren't cut scenes, and those parts will need a slightly different skillset than film scoring (not to mention that the work environment itself is totally different, seeing as how game developers are different than film directors) and b) WTF? Why would I, as a hardcore gamer, want to work on films when I could be working in a section of media I voluntarily prefer over movies? I hadn't ever even thought of looking at it that way. Gah! Does the rest of the population really consider working in film more prestigous than working in other media??

I'm also at a loss as to why someone would choose to live in LA when they could live in Boston. I also hear that the culture of Seattle is quite nice, as well.


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Mar. 10th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I think Boston > LA is something most people on the East Coast can agree on. Once Boston and NYC stop fighting with each other about which city is better they will both turn on LA.

Also, scoring films is really, really different. I don't get the settling question either. As a film geek and really not a gamer geek at all. Most good film scores that I have heard are not like most video game scores that I have heard. I can go on for quite awhile about the film score for Brick and why it works so well with the movie. All I know is that the score for Bioshock seems pretty good but I couldn't tell you why. Yeah, silly interviewer.
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
I really like the image of NYC and Boston "turning on LA." In my head, it looks alot like kaiju!
Mar. 10th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe they meant because film scores play to a larger audience? To me (though I know zilch about the issue and I'm just guessing) games seem more like a large niche audience, whereas most everyone sees at least a few movies in their life.
Mar. 10th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
That's a good point. I'm fairly sure a majority of people know who John Williams is (and potentially Danny Elfman?) but I'm willing to bet you have no idea who Koji Kondo or Nobuo Uematsu are. :)

A point my professor made about the game industry is that with the advent of games like Rock Band and Wii Fit - it's no longer really a niche industry, even a large one. Even institutions like nursing homes and schools can use Wii Fit....
Mar. 10th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I will point out, though, that I can pronounce John Williams and Danny Elfman. Part of the reason I have never heard of the two video game composers you mentioned may have to do with the fact that most people who would talk about them have a cultural block in doing so.
Mar. 12th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Good luck with NPR! That would be so exciting!

I've never actually been to LA, but from what I've heard I think Boston is probably a nicer place to live. However, with so much of the entertainment business located around LA, I do kind of intend to move out there one day. If only there were more studios in Boston!
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