At Deadline’s big day-long awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month,   Youth composer David Lang explained his process to a packed DGA Theatre audience of AMPAS and guild voters. Speaking on the Fox Searchlight panel, Lang focused on his collaborationcontenders-sold-out with director Paolo Sorrentino in creating music that would reflect the emotional journey of the main character — a newly retired composer — played by Michael Caine.

Because the film is indeed, in part, about a composer, the music had to be written even before the script. That meant Lang essentially had to reverse what is usually the case for a movie composer and do most of his work in advance. The song from the film, “Simple Song #3,” has already been nominated for Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards.

To see the video of my conversation with Lang, click on the above link.