John Hunter discusses The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
THE ARTIST’s impressive streak at the 84th Academy Awards shows that in this age of dialogue-dependent and sound effect-heavy blockbusters, there is still a place for a modern-made silent film. Another proof of silent films’ continued relevance is that another of its kind has been nominated this year, in the “minor” category of Best Animated Short Film: THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE.
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE is an extremely charming 15 minute short about the magical potential of books. The film has no dialogue and relies on imagery and an effective musical score to tell the story. The prominent music being used is provided by Texas-based composer John Hunter, who is the creative director of the Breed Music company.
In Mark Morton’s EXAMINER interview with Mr. Hunter, the composer has revealed that he initially thought the film he signed up for will have dialogue, and was taken aback after finding out that it’s going to be a silent one. Hunter says that in such cases, the music guy will most likely get blamed if the short fails to meet the viewers’ expectations, but he admits (and realized at that time) that it was the wrong attitude to take, and started thinking that the project has the potential of becoming a great showcase, and everything seemed to flow naturally afterwards.[Source: Mark Morton at Examiner.comr]