Published Dec 08, 2010In addition to releasing albums under his own name (and previously as Final Fantasy), Toronto pop composer Owen Pallett has become indiedom's go-to guy for cinematic string arrangements -- just check out the list of contributions on his Wikipedia entry, which includes the likes of Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and Fucked Up. Now, Pallett has lent his orchestral talents to another new project: composing the music accompaniment for the New York Times' feature, "14 Actors Acting."
The project attempts to capture the acting styles of a bygone era, with a series of black and white clips that show a selection of Hollywood actors performing using only their bodies and limited props. There is no talking, and the only sound comes from Pallett's score, which is orchestral without a trace of pop song structure.
In lieu of dialogue, Pallett's music helps to convey the emotion and story of each scene. The vignettes are mostly around a minute long, and were captured by Solve Sundsbo. Among the actors who appear are Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jesse Eisenberg, Javier Bardem and James Franco.
Watch and listen over here.