Bill Fitzgibbons: Composer/Producer [Interview]

Bill FitzgibbonsBill Fitzgibbons is a composer and producer of Antidote 15. He’s created scores for many of my other short films, and I’m lucky to have him on board! Today I interrogated interviewed him about his musical past and why he decided to be a part of Antidote 15.

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What are your favorite composers, film scores?

I quite like John Williams and Howard Shore’s music (best known for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy), with Hans Zimmer coming in at a close third.

How did you get into composing? What drew you to music?

Well, I was drawn to music originally because of my family history. My mom played both flute and piano, my uncle the trumpet, my grandfather the drums, and my late grandmother piano and organ (she knew Terri Gibbs, a famous country singer). I started piano at the age of four, but I stopped after a few years.  I then switched to trumpet in the summer of the fourth grade. I still play trumpet, but a jaw issue has put that on hold, at least in the short-term.

As far as composing is concerned, I started getting interested in writing music after watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in theaters. I was impressed by the melodies I heard, and being young and impressionable, I wanted to try and mimic what I heard.  This eventually led to me wanting to write some of my own tunes. I still have a copy of my very first “composition”, by the way, which is absolutely horrid.  In fact, I don’t know if it’s even music…

You’re a novelist as well– do you think that composing has any parallels to fiction writing?

Absolutely! I could go on an on about how alike the two really are, but if I did, we’d be here for a while.   As such, I’ll give you the short version.  Music is the universal language — everyone can understand it! A song is, in essence, a story. It has a beginning and an end, and each note is significant, much like every word in a novel.  Notes combine to form phrases, much like words create sentences, etcetera. In the generic sense, both stories and music involve a lot of creativity and organization, as well…you need to know where you’ve been as well as where you’re going.

Why did you sign on to Antidote 15? What aspect of the project caught your attention?

Well, for Antidote 15, it was perhaps morbid curiosity.  I was intrigued, I admit.

That’s kinda a lame answer, but it’s the truth.  I already had a good deal of experience composing for film prior to this project, but I’d never done a web series before.  And seeing as I’m all about broadening one’s horizons, I thought it was time I practice what I preach.

Usually, the process of composing for something begins with the composer taking a look at the script (or at least a sample of it), checking to see if it is a project that he/she would be interested in pursuing.  When I saw the script, I thought it was a brilliant concept.  I thought, “This is a project I really want to work on…where do I sign up?”  I was hooked and wanted to be involved, simple as that.

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