Film Director Tony Scott : In Remembrance

We can count ourselves as very fortunate people to have come into contact with the late Tony Scott, who’s death on Sunday has come as a great shock to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. Back in 2004, Harry Gregson-Williams invited us to work for him on Man On Fire, the very first experience we ever had of writing music for film…

Our input into that particular score was fairly innocent and minor but we were asked back by Harry to contribute to the next Tony production, the often overlooked but beautifully viceral Domino. Still finding our feet and learning the skills necessary to write music to picture, we were introduced to Tony in Harry’s Blue Room studio, the Hybrid home from home while in LA and the main mix room in Harry’s Venice Beach studio complex.

Having never met a film director before and hearing many stories of Tony’s exacting standards and no-nonsense approach, we were pretty nervous about meeting such a large figure in the film industry. With a new cue to play to the director under the guidance and watchful eye of Harry, we encountered a charming, understated and calmingly supportive man who’s knowledge and insight into the inner workings and motivation of a film was a joy to listen to. We met Tony on a few more occasions during our stay at Harry’s studio, less and less in the Blue Room and more on the stairs on his way up to see Harry for final meetings about the score. Even during the most stressful moments (normally towards the end of the film’s production) whenever we met him briefly, he always took the time to ask how we were getting on and had words of encouragement for us.

Since working on Man On Fire, we’ve been fortunate to have been asked by Harry to contribute to all of Tony’s subsequent films including his last action tour de force, Unstoppable. Every film with a different challenge but all with a unifying directorial skill and compassion.The intensly imaginative and visually arresting style of one of Hollywood’s most original directors will be missed by many more than just the people who knew him or briefly met him like ourselves, but the whole film industry and the millions of cinema goers who benefitted from his incredible talents.

As director Ron Howard said “No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

7 Comments (leave a comment)

  1. Tony Scott will indeed be missed. I grew up watching most of his films, like The Last Boy Scout, Enemy of the State, Spy Games, Man on Fire and Déjá Vu. He always knew how to entertain the audience and knew how to make killer popcorn movies (though some better than others).

    RIP, Tony Scott, and thank you for the movies.

  2. RIP

  3. RIP Tony…Dreamstalker will forever sound incredibly poignant due to his tragic death….

  4. RIP Tony Scott. We’ll miss your movies…

  5. Very sad news indeed, I remember when you worked on that film, what a great talent and immortalized in his work. Hope you guys are well.

  6. I understand some things that have pulled a veil from my eyes because of HYBRID. It really is very breathe taking listening to ALL of your music. I don’t go one day without listening to at least one of your albums. I recently went through a major spiritual awakening in the last year that has been hard to grasp. It was your music that pulled me all the way through it and to another place where I realized who I was. Thank You so much for all your music. I didn’t know of another way to contact you but I felt it was necessary now, here because you’ve been talking to me.
    Michael. U.S. Charlotte, NC

  7. Because of Harry Gregson-Williams involvement with perhaps my favorite film Man on Fire, I later found out about Hybrid. Tony Scott was one of my favorite directors and unfortunately never got the critical acclaim that he deserved. Thanks for remembering him! He will surely be missed.

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