Wednesday, September 2, 2009
GEORGE S. CLINTON Scores "Extract", Mike Judge's New Comedy
AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER GEORGE S. CLINTON Scores Extract
Award winning composer George S. Clinton used unique elements to create his original score for the new Mike Judge film Extract. Clinton is best-known for his scores to the Austin Powers series, Red Shoe Diaries and last year's hit comedy Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. He demonstrated that his abilities transcend genre by receiving an Emmy nomination last year for his Americana and Native American inspired score for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. For the comedy Extract, Clinton incorporates unique percussion, a chamber orchestra and a "wind" section that actually performed on "Extract" bottles.
Film Opens In Select Theaters September 4
(Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer GEORGE S. CLINTON scores writer/director Mike Judge’s (Office Space/King of the Hill) comedy EXTRACT, starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. EXTRACT opens in select theatres September 4.
For EXTRACT, Clinton recorded a quirky and playful score to compliment the comedic style of the film. He used a small ensemble including guitar, mandolin, solo cello, pedal steel, and various percussion (also including the sounds of people playing actual extract bottles). The score was augmented by a chamber size string orchestra.
EXTRACT is a comedy about a flower-extract plant owner contending with an avalanche of personal and professional problems such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.
Recently, Clinton reunited with director Michael Lembeck (Santa Clause 2 & 3) for the comical-fantasy TOOTH FAIRY, starring Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal and Ashley Judd. TOOTH FAIRY will be in theatres February 2010. Last year, Clinton scored the comedies HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO and THE LOVE GURU. Clinton’s other credits range from such diverse films as the romantic Zalman King's RED SHOE DIARIES, the martial arts fantasy MORTAL KOMBAT, the suspenseful thriller THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE and the sexy thriller WILD THINGS. Other projects include Mike Meyers' AUSTIN POWERS films, John Waters' A DIRTY SHAME and 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND.
Clinton's musical innovation and versatility has allowed him to create memorable scores for various genres. Clinton received an Emmy nomination for Best Original Score to HBO Films’ BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE. His score varied from Americana to incorporating Native American elements. He also enlisted world-renowned Native American flutist John Two-Hawks to play on the score.
In addition to his film projects, Clinton has written several concert works, three musicals, and songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis. George S. Clinton has also been honored with BMI’s highest honor bestowed on a composer, The Richard Kirk Award for Career Achievement. He joins the company of legendary recipients which include John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Danny Elfman. George S. Clinton believes in imparting his knowledge on a new generation of filmmakers. For the last ten years, George S. Clinton has volunteered his time and experience to filmmakers and composers at the Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah. Last month the Tennessee native composer received the “Spirit of Tennessee Award” from the Tennessee Teachers Association, for his dedication to promoting film music education,
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