‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘The Affair’ Composer Marcelo Zarvos On How Music Is ‘The Difference Between Great Acting & Melodrama’ – Crew Call Podcast

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‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘The Affair’ Composer Marcelo Zarvos On How Music Is ‘The Difference Between Great Acting & Melodrama’ – Crew Call Podcast
The ability to paint a nuanced tone, both visually and aurally, can be an impossible task for any filmmaker or TV series creator. It’s what keeps them toiling away in the editing suite. However, Brazilian-born composer Marcelo Zarvos has a keen sensibility when it comes to bringing music to the psychological underpinnings of the drama on-screen.

His twenty-plus career includes such credits as early aught film festival Fox Searchlight darling Kissing Jessica Stein, the Robert De Niro-directed CIA movie The Good Shepherd, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Honduran-Mexican crime drama Sin Nombre, and Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning feature adaptation of August Wilson’s play Fences. Zarvos has also become the go-to composer for a number of Showtime series, starting with The Big C and the most recent seasons of The Affair and Ray Donovan.

“I’ve always equated with overacting in music. Nobody wants to see an actor overact.
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