Black Freighter Snags Bates
Category: Watchmen/Tales of the Black Freighter News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: February 6, 2009 | Publication: IGN | Author: Spence D.
Composer Tyler Bates is a busy man these days. He has more or less wrapped his musical chores on no less than three Watchmen related projects, one of which is the Tales of the Black Freighter animated DVD companion piece to the live action film.
"The Black Freighter is the comic which is being read concurrently throughout the Watchmen graphic novel," explains Bates for those who may not be up on their chronology of the project. "Zack Snyder produced an animated short of that and I scored that in addition to the film."
As to whether or not Bates recycled any of his score to Watchmen for the DVD short film, the answer is simple. "None of it's a re-quotation of anything that's in the actual theatrical film," he says. "Black Freighter needed to feel a little different than Watchmen because it's going into this narrative world that is just a complete different dimension. I felt that it needed to have a different feeling and the way that the story is told is a little bit of a throwback, so I wanted the music to feel slightly older in style and the way it was voiced. That was great. It was so much fun to be able to do that."
Hardcore Watchmen fans can expect about 22 minutes of new Tyler Bates composed music in The Black Freighter (that's on top of the 90 or so minutes he composed for the theatrical film).