The character Jack Skellington's need to escape the little world where he was king in the 1993 animated film "Nightmare Before Christmas" mirrored Elfman's struggle with the end of his band Oingo Boingo. He lost his dog not long before working on his new animated film "Frankenweenie." For the forthcoming biopic "Hitchcock," Elfman focused on the deep wells of emotion springing forth from actor Sir Anthony Hopkins' eyes.
These were some of the secrets unleashed by the Grammy-winning, Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer often associated with his classic collaborations with director Tim Burton ("Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Batman") as well as filmmaker Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting") during a Q&A at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday.
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