Review Fix chats with Florencia Di Concilio, the Composer for â€œInfluenceâ€Â which follows the rise and fall of the audacious PR Firm Bell Pottinger, to find out what inspired the sound for the film and more.
Review Fix: What inspired your work on this production?
Florencia Di Concilio: Without hesitation: its subject matter. Iâ€™ve always strived to understand the mechanisms of massesâ€™ beliefs, choices, and actions, whereas in the arts, or politics. Undoubtedly, the fact that I had previously worked both with Eyesteelfilmâ€™s Bob Moore, and editor Ryan Mullins, who won the best editing prize at Sundance 2020, was a major attribute.
Review Fix: How does it stand up in comparison to your other projects?
Di Concilio: It allowed me to explore a different musical register, both aesthetically and production wise, as I composed, performed, recorded, and mixed all 90 minutes of music all by myself. I also proved to myself that I could get away with doing it all in barely a couple of weeks. Bonus: both directors and producer were very happy with the result!
Review Fix: Why is it an important topic today?
Di Concilio: It is a very important topic because itâ€™s urgent that we realize that we must develop our own opinions and be aware that there are people who have devoted their lives to manipulate ours.
Review Fix: What are your goals for it?
Di Concilio: To be seen and heard with open eyes and ears.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Di Concilio: I just finished composing the original soundtrack for â€œCalamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,â€ an animated feature film directed by one of Franceâ€™s top names in animation, RÃ©mi ChayÃ©. Itâ€™s a pretty big score that mixes a full symphony orchestra with a bluegrass combo and, of course, some of my signature sound design style of composing. Currently in theaters thereâ€™s â€œPush,â€ a documentary directed by Fredrik Gertten with an original symphonic score. On April 22nd, â€œJust Kidsâ€ by Christophe Blanc comes out in theaters, which is a French feature film I composed the original music for. Also, I am currently working on an original Netflix series called â€œTrial 4,â€ I am also finishing scoring director Marina de Vanâ€™s new feature film, and preparing to renew my collaboration with LÃ©a Mysius, with whom I worked a couple of years ago for her debut feature film â€œAvaâ€ (Prizewinner at Cannesâ€™ Critics Fortnight).
Review Fix: How would you like your work here to be remembered in a few years?
Di Concilio: A few days ago, I watched again, after 20 years, Tony Kayeâ€™s â€œAmerican History X.â€ I hadnâ€™t realized till now that what made me FEEL the opening sequence was Anne Dudleyâ€™s score. I guess thatâ€™s what I hope my work does to someone one day. Feel something that remains somewhere inside you.
Review Fix: What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
Di Concilio: That when I tell a producer â€œdonâ€™t worry about it, Iâ€™ll do itâ€ I will do it.
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Di Concilio: I just hope I keep working on projects that challenge me, projects that make me learn, that make me a better artist and human.
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