I had the privilege of co-scoring the new comedy “They Came Together” with my good friend Craig Wedren whom I’ve worked with on various other projects such as “Role Models, “Wanderlust” and “United States of Tara.” This is the first time we’ve co-scored something together and it was a ton of fun.
How do two composers go about co-scoring a film? This particular film was a perfect fit for us in that, in any typical “rom-com” type score, there’s a good mix of light acoustic and pop/rock cues along with big orchestra for those romantic and dramatic moments. Craig comes from a rock/punk background from his Shudder to Think days, while I’m from a traditional orchestral background. Since that’s where our strengths lie we essentially divided up the score between orchestral cues (me) and pop cues (Craig) with some overlap and trading off, all the while sending themes and ideas to each other. Although that isn’t to say that Craig isn’t adept at writing orchestral cues, nor myself at writing rock, but starting with our strengths, trading off ideas, feeding off each other’s creativity and even adding in a healthy dose of one-upmanship resulted in a fun score that both of us are proud of.
The score opens with the song “Say You Love Me” which Craig wrote for the film prior to shooting. It starts through the opening credits, introducing us to our two leads Joel and Molly (Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler). The themes and variations on those themes introduced in the song are used throughout the entire score.
Check out “Say You Love Me” on iTunes
Here are some samples of the orchestral side of the score:
“They Came Together” on iTunes
Major gratitude to Craig and our scoring team: Bo Boddie, Emily Kwong, Isaac Carpenter, Jefferson Friedman, and Ernest Adzentooivich
And to our collaborators David Wain (director) and Jamie Gross (Editor)
I hope everyone enjoys the film and score!
And hey guys? … thanks