Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor recently participated in a roundtable discussion with other film composers for the Hollywood Reporter, in which he admitted that finding the time to balance his commitments to the band with his work on the score for director David Fincher‘s movie Gone Girl was a challenge.
Reznor explained, “A couple years ago, we knew that David’s next film was going to be a different film that would’ve started right now. I booked a tour with Nine Inch Nails, which was going to eat up almost all of this year. And once that tour was booked and went on sale, I got the call saying, ‘Hey, that other film fell through. Now I’m going to do Gone Girl.’ So it was either pass — which I wasn’t going to allow — or try to find a way to fit that into any time there was a week off or any moment to address working on the score.”
Reznor added, “I approach these projects with a great sense of insecurity . . . I always felt like if there’s one wrong turn, I could screw this up without the luxury of time to fix things.”
Reznor collaborated on the Gone Girl score with Atticus Ross, with whom he also composed the scores for Fincher’s last two movies, 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The pair won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network. They are nominated again for a Golden Globe for Gone Girl.
Reznor also discussed his process of coming up with music for Fincher’s movies, saying, “Read the script or the novel, become very intimate with what the spirit of the story is, and then spend as much time with David as I can to hear what he thinks about it, what kind of film is he trying to make.”
Reznor spent much of the last year touring behind the latest Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, but said he intends to cut back on road work for the next few years.