Ilan Eshkeri has written music for blockbusters including Stardust and Still Alive. His latest soundtrack is for the film Swallows and Amazons – we asked him to introduce the music, play some clips and tell us how he overcomes the fear of the blank page.
So when you first sit down to write a film score, how do you get started?
The key thing, according to Ilan, is easing the pressure of starting a brand-new movie score: ‘Can I write a work of genius by the end of the day and go and have a pint with my friend? Probably not. But could I do something average by 6 o’clock? I could definitely do that.’