‘Lights, Camera….Music?’ An Evening with Music Supervisor Randall Poster
Author:  Melanie Gilarsky
Date:  10/11/2013

The MPAA hosted GRAMMY® Award-winning Music Supervisor Randall Poster as part of our ‘Evening with’ series. Poster is one of the most active music supervisors working in film and television today, with upcoming work in Labor Day and Carrie.

Over the past twenty years, Randall Poster has worked with some of the biggest filmmakers in the industry including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Harmony Korine, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Todd Phillips, Sam Mendes, Jason Reitman, and Wes Anderson whom he has collaborated with on all of his films to date. In addition to his work on the big screen, Poster has expanded into television as the Music Supervisor for HBO’s hit period drama, Boardwalk Empire.

Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, introduced Poster at this week’s event. “This is a highly innovative and imaginative industry and tonight you are going to get one piece of that,…the great emotional driver in many ways.”

Poster began his presentation on music in film by taking the audience back to the silent era. "In January 1923 there were 15,000 silent movie houses in the United States, and the music was left to the theater owners to provide." The advent of 'talkies' and their accompanying sound track made the music an integral part of storytelling. Poster demonstrated the use of music in film by treating the 'Evening with' audience to live music with a pianist, playing scenes from Boardwalk Empire with and without music, as well as clips from other movies. 

Poster summed up his passion for the role of music in film during the Q&A. "I’ve been very lucky that I still have an amateur's enthusiasm for music."

Randall Poster and Senator Chris Dodd

Randall Poster

Photo Credit: Joy Asico