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Jeff Wexler

Music on the set of "We Bought A Zoo"

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In his book, Edward Bernds speaks of routinely having on set a quartet, or at least a piano player, to provide music. He says this started in silent films but existed well into the early talkies. Not only to set the mood for actors, but to provide background music for everyone during setups.

During "Any Given Sunday," (at least while shooting in Dallas), Oliver Stone had us play the theme from "Jaws," mixed with crowd sfx, at ear-splitting levels, just before rolling on the field scenes in Texas Stadium.

During filming of "JFK" in New Orleans, production would occasionally hire small jazz groups to play during lunch, which I thought was pretty thoughtful.



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