“Composing is being able to sit still enough to listen,” says Christianson, who has written numerous scores for television and film. “That’s how I get all my ideas: I listen.”
That’s exactly what he did in 1992, refining the melody on his piano until he found the perfect sequence of sounds, then working hard in the studio to create a radical symphonic experience.
“Just keep working at it,” he says. “If you don’t succeed, you keep doing it over and over again. Eventually you do.”
In other words: practice makes perfect, there are no shortcuts, 90% of success is sweat, etc. This is true in both music and sport, and the film draws parallels between sporting and artistic success.
In a superb sequence, the NHL elites put on their headphones to listen.
Nathan Mackinnon: “It excites me!”
Zack Hyman: “Classic.”
Philipp Grubauer: “Can you play it again?”
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby (humming): “Dah-da-dahnnn!”
“Music transcends,” Bieber says. “It has the power to transport a feeling. From once upon a time…to today.”
Dude is also a puck fanatic. Biebs dedicated his recent single “Hold On” to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and put Jimmy Fallon on ice during an appearance on The Tonight Show 2020.
At the doc’s conclusion, with an orchestra at his side, ESPN analyst Berry Melrose hands over to Christianson as Bieber concludes: “When a moment has found a match, it’s impossible to hear anything else.”
Below, Mike Farrell and John Minton III, who wrote, produced and directed the film, discuss the project in detail:
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“Justin read the script twice for us, so we had different energies, rhythms and inflections to choose from, which was very helpful. It was an extremely smooth process. He was enthusiastic about developing hockey, a game that he loves, which is why he agreed to tell this piece.
A man and his music.
“Bob has written dozens of sports themes for ESPN and other networks. He also wrote the iconic NCAA theme on CBS that is used for March Madness. It was rewarding to give him this moment in the spotlight, because He has composed and produced all this incredible music over the years while remaining mostly anonymous.”
“We filmed with Bob for two days at his brownstone studio in New York in mid-September, and the orchestra shoot was on October 7, so it was a bit of a sprint until the end. arrived once filming was finished.”
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“We had three cameras during the orchestra filming, filmed at the LeFrak Concert Hall at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queen’s College. It was a full symphony orchestra with 55 musicians on stage. We wanted the camera movements to be fast, energetic and snappy. , to complement the power of the music itself.
Andy Tennant – Executive Producer
Mike Farrell – Director/Producer/Writer
John Minton III – Director/Producer/Writer
Michael Sciallis – editor
Mike Bollacke – Director of Photography
Tommy Bartlett – Cinematography
Ian McGrew – Cinematography
Jeff Bollacke – Field Audio
Jon Bartel – Post sound engineer/mixer