Feature: Fine-tuned Film Tunes

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Gabriel Fadale is a self-proclaimed non-expert on film music. 

But that isn’t stopping the first-year music professor from hosting a talk about the subject. 

Fadale is hosting a presentation at the Artcraft Theatre’s Tim Burton Film Festival tomorrow at 7 p.m. He’ll discuss the use of music in multiple Burton’s films, including “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Beetlejuice” and “Batman.” 

“I don’t want to say I’m flying by the seat of my pants, but I’m definitely giving a presentation about something I don’t necessarily know a lot about,” Fadale said. 

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But Fadale said this lack of experience may work in his favor. 

“When I teach my music theory classes here, sometimes it’s a hard concept for students to grasp,” he said. “If you can break it down into a simple enough way that anyone could grasp it, then you’re getting somewhere.” 

In addition to teaching music theory classes, Fadale — a classically trained saxophonist — gives woodwind lessons at the college. 

Before coming to Franklin, he taught classes in Florida. But Fadale didn’t like the nonstop heat and humidity in the state, and he decided he wanted “to live somewhere that had seasons.” 

When he discovered the opening at the college, he immediately started investigating the town of Franklin and stumbled across the Artcraft Theatre’s website. Incidentally, he saw that the theater was putting on a film festival for one of his favorite directors. 

“I got to thinking to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a partnership?’” he said. “We have a town that has a small college and a local theater that is showing unusual stuff. So wouldn’t it be cool if I could somehow incorporate the two?” 

When he got the job, that’s exactly what he did. 

Fadale reached out to the owners of the Artcraft and was surprised when they agreed to his idea. 

“I was like, ‘Oh. Now I need to figure out what the heck I’m going to talk about,” he said. 

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Fadale only has 30 minutes to teach the basic techniques of film music and what to listen for, explain Burton’s relationship to composer Danny Elfman and play clips from the films’ soundtracks. 

“I have to be able to figure out how I will be able to portray this to an audience who hasn’t spent four years in a music program,” he said. “How can I key their ears in on what they’re supposed to listen for? How do I make it interesting and applicable to enhance their movie experience? I’m really looking forward to it, and I’m kind of curious to see what’s going to happen.” 

The challenge has helped Fadale learn and grow as a music professional. 

“It’s important to always be curious and keep yourself engaged and stimulated,” he said. “I’ve been having a blast doing it.” 

Fadale said he plans to do more partnerships with the Artcraft and other local businesses in his time at Franklin. He even hopes to start a film music class at the college. 

“I think as a small town that anytime you can really build and foster a relationship with people involved in the arts — whether it’s movies or music or drama or dance or visual arts — I think that that’s a useful thing to have,” he said. “We have to stick together in the arts.” 


IF YOU GO… 

Tim Burton Musical Festival 

Artcraft Theatre 

57 N. Main St. 

Franklin, IN 46131 

 

FRIDAY 

7:30 p.m. “Nightmare Before Christmas” 

10 p.m. “Batman” 

 

SATURDAY 

3 p.m. “Corpse Bride” 

5 p.m. “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” 

7 p.m. Gabriel Fadale’s Film 

Music Presentation 

7:30 p.m. “Beetlejuice” 

10 p.m. “Mars Attacks”

About Leigh Durphey 31 Articles
Leigh Durphey is the executive editor of The Franklin. She is an English secondary education major with a multimedia journalism minor and is involved in various campus activities, including a position as treasurer for the English honorary society Sigma Tau Delta. Leigh enjoys long walks on the beach with her dog, Bear.

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