'Boyhood''s Sync Blitz: From Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire

Linklater's latest indie doesn't skimp on syncs

The number most commonly associated with the movie Boyhood is 12 - as in, how many years Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater spent shooting four actors to tell the story of a family as it develops in real time.

Equally astonishing: the 41 master recordings licensed for the film, including songs by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Wings, Lady Gaga and the notoriously difficult-to-clear Arcade Fire. "I realized a score wouldn't work; it had to feel like music came out of the culture," says Linklater, 53, who began to formalize music selections in 2010. (Nonesuch signed on to release the soundtrack.) One-third of the film's $2.5 million budget went toward music. That's because Linklater wanted songs that complemented the timeline, which covers the maturation of boy Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from 2002 through 2014, and resonated with those working on the movie - from Linklater's own daughter Lorelei, who plays Mason's older sister, to the intern who brought him Family of the Year's "Hero." As with the actors and crew, deals were structured heavy on the backend, which could pay off considering Boyhood's opening weekend grossed $77,524 per theater, 2014's second-biggest screen average, according to Box Office Mojo. Says Linklater: "We put out some serious money, just not the full boat."


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