Moog Music has released a special behind-the-scenes exploring the soundtrack to Josh and Benny Safdie’s critically acclaimed new film Uncut Gems.
The film, which was directed by the Safdie brothers who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Ronald Bronstein, stars the likes of Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Mike Francesa and more and is being lined up for major success at the forthcoming Academy Awards.
Uncut Gems tells the story of Howard Ratner, a jeweller who is battling a terrible gambling addiction while living in New York City’s Diamond District. The film’s main character, played by Sandler who has been heavily praised for his performance, gets in over his head with loan sharks and must retrieve an expensive gem he purchased in order to pay off his debts.
Now, as excitement continues to grow around the film’s international release, Daniel Lopati—the man responsible for the score—has sat down with co-director Josh Sadie to detail the inner workings of their creation, describing his process of “finding the cosmic in the ordinary.”
At one point during the short documentary, Lopatin details his favourite contribution to the film, soundtracking Julia Fox’s character after a fight with Adam Sandler’s: “Even though she is upset, and she is basically like ‘You’re an idiot, I’m gonna go do my own thing,’ you could misread it and score it in a dark way. But what we want to do is give her a triumphant soundtrack.” Lopatin also said.
“There’s not gonna be a whole ton of Good Time-y music in this that has this sort of 1970s prog-pomp, but I’m thinking of taking it in that direction for her.”
You can see the full documentary, below.