Lauren Hutchins is a composer for Film and TV studying at Leeds College of Music. Taking inspiration from composers such as Thomas Newman, Lauren likes to use texture and harmony to communicate emotion in her music. Lauren has played and written music for several years but discovered her passion for Film Music whilst completing her A Level studies. After obtaining her degree, Lauren intends to work as a Film and TV composer and additionally teach composition and music production skills.
A piece of film or TV music that I really love is…
“‘Revolutionary Road (End Title)’ by Thomas Newman which is featured in the 2008 film Revolutionary Road. I love this score for several reasons – the tone of the music, the orchestration and instrumentation and the way the music effortlessly blends with the drama and story of Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) as told in the film. In my opinion, by listening to the music alone you can get a sense and a feeling of all the important plot points in the film. The solo piano representing isolation and the simple life the characters desire, the harmonic ambiguity, unresolved phrases and irregular time signatures showing the uncertainty Frank and April have of their future and relationship and the rising and falling string parts mirroring the tension between the characters and stresses in their lives. The main melody of this piece is repeated constantly in the film from the beginning. It noticeably is effective when the cue entitled ‘April’ begins where a twisted minor version of the melody is used as April completes a home abortion. The theme haunts the characters and penetrates all aspects of their life and therefore is highly effective.”