Mark had an excellent time reuniting with director Irwin Winkler (The Net, At First Sight) on a brilliant film, Life As A House, which has already begun making waves! Based on a script by Oscar nominee Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets) Academy Award winner Kevin Kline stars as George Monrow, a middle-aged architect who is confronted with life-changing news and sizes the opportunity to begin living on his own terms. This stellar ensemble cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Hayden Christensen, and Mary Steenburgen.
On creating the score Mark commented, “This was an interesting score in that it has several different dimensions to it. There is part of it that is a symphony orchestra and is written more traditionally featuring solo piano. Then there is a large part of it that is a unique ensemble featuring vibraphone, marimba, piano, harpsichord, Fender Rhodes, electric bass, and guitar which were superimposed against a very contemporary rhythmic field, drum loops and sampled percussion. These two factions exist separately for a while, then actually towards the end of the film come together and join forces for a number of cues.
I think the inspiration simply comes from the story itself. The story of a man faced with his life crumbling, deciding to turn that around an rebuild himself, his entire life, and making good that promise to himself. Which is an inspiring idea for all of us.