Below is Part III of a 4-part interview with Duane Adler, the screenwriter and director of Make Your Move 3D.
Part III – The Music
Make Your Move Fans: The casting of Yunho in a cameo role has created quite a sensation. How did you decide to include him in the film?
Duane: I’ll be honest, the casting of Yunho was our partner SM Entertainment’s idea! They first suggested he do a cameo because he’s such an amazing dancer and performer, and they knew he would attract attention to the movie in parts of Asia. I had been to the SM Town concert at the Staples Center in October of 2010 (that’s actually where BoA and Derek first met!), and I saw TVXQ! perform live.
During their number, Yunho had this spectacular solo that I thought was one of the closest performances I’d ever seen to Michael Jackson. He was incredible. So once SM suggested him, I loved the idea, but the logistical part of getting him in the movie was going to be a challenge. We were shooting in Toronto and his schedule was super tight. Once we locked our shoot schedule, SM Entertainment worked hard to find a window in Yunho’s schedule where he could fly to Toronto. They found two days! He had only two days to be in and out of the city.
NappyTabs created the choreography in Toronto, and they would upload it to Yunho in Korea, where he learned the choreography. But we were on such a tight schedule, if there had been any delays at the airport, we would have had to cut the number, because we only had that specific location for a specific time. Yunho arrived on Wednesday evening late in Toronto, and he went straight to the rehearsal studio with NappyTabs and our dancers, where he rehearsed for several hours with jet lag. The next morning, he reported to set early to shoot and just killed it.
I’m not sure I’d ever seen a dancer work as hard as he did. Once I called cut, he would be ready to go again in a matters of moments. He was incredibly gracious to all our crew, who knew he was a big star in Korea, but no one really knew how big until he arrived on set – there was just this energy about him that was contagious. We’re lucky we have him in the film.
Make Your Move Fans: In this film, there are a lot of K-Pop artists performing on the soundtrack, but they are singing in English. Are you hoping that this movie will create a crossover of Asian musical artists into American pop culture?
Duane: I would love to hope there is some crossover as a result of our soundtrack. I think crossover is happening regardless, when you look at the phenomenon Psi created and the multi-cultural turn-out at events like K-Con held here in Los Angeles. I think the K-Pop fanbase here in the States is growing, but it’s not a massive base yet. I hope our soundtrack makes new audiences ask “who is that artist?” and “How can I hear more from them?” K-Pop artists have vast libraries of fun, high energy, wonderfully produced music that new audiences should enjoy. I hope we can help.
Editor’s Note: K-pop, which means Korean Pop, is the term used to refer to music from South Korea. K-Pop artists represent a wide scope of musical genres, ranging from hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and more.
Make Your Move Fans: We know that Derek was involved in the writing of Let Me In. Did he write the lyrics, the music, or both?
Duane: Here’s what happened: Derek played me a melody early in pre-production, it’s something he created in his house on his laptop with a keyboard. When he played it, he said it represented Donny and Aya. I listened, and there was a beautiful piano melody that became the melody and hook for “Let Me In,” and around that melody were big drums that Derek told me represented Aya’s taiko, and a guitar that represented Donny’s edge. It was beautiful and powerful and romantic – I loved it. So I played it for the film’s producers, as well as music supervisor, Joel C. High. They all loved it, too, and Joel suggested we get Derek in studio with our composers, Michael Thomas and Eric Goldman.
Michael and Eric are also music producers who have worked with artists like Lady Gaga. Once in the studio, the trio of Michael, Eric, and Derek teamed together to create the song! They all collaborated on lyrics and defined the layering. Michael actually sings lead on the track. Derek is also a very good vocalist, but we all thought it would be strange to hear his voice singing on a major set piece that he and BoA (as their characters) were dancing to!
Editor’s Note: Michael Thomas is credited as “Michael Thomas” for the “Make Your Move 3D” score, but as “Michael Corcoran” as the co-writer/producer on songs, included “Let Me In.”
Here is a sample of Derek’s vocal ability. Derek and BC Jean are singing “Falling Slowly” with the California Philharmonic Orchestra in July of 2013..
Make Your Move Fans: Any idea as to when the complete OST will be released? People are clamoring to know.
Duane: We are hard at work on planning that right now! I actually just saw Joel High at an event last week, and he said it’s become a big priority. I’m assuming its release will coincide with the movie’s release here and in South Korea… stay tuned!
Editor’s Note: Joel C. High is a Hollywood music supervisor and producer who has worked on such films as Girl With a Pearl Earring, I’m Your Man, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Monster’s Ball, Why Did I Get Married Too? and more. He is currently the principal executive at Creative Control, the organization responsible for the music in Make Your Move 3D. Joel has an impressive resume. Read more about him here.
Also, stay tuned for Part IV of Duane’s Exclusive Interview: The Film Promotion