'Paper Towns' Author John Green: Film Soundtrack is the Perfect 'Summer Album'
Paper Towns hit theaters across America on Friday, making teens across the country yearn for adventure from the sad storyline based off John Green's young adult novel and delivering a road trip-ready soundtrack Green called the perfect "summer album."
The movie is about a young girl, Margo, befriending a shy high school boy, Quentin, and having him help her play pranks on her enemies. When Margo disappears, Quentin sets out on a mission with his friends to find her.
With every long road trip, comes a playlist to accompany the ride. The Paper Towns soundtrack combines pop and alternative artists like Vance Joy, Haim, Saint Motel, Vampire Weekend and Grouplove to set the mood for each important moment in the film and the characters' lives.
Jake Schreier, the director of Paper Towns, said it was a long process picking out music that fit perfectly with each scene in the movie. He told Billboard that music supervisor Season Kent would send mixtapes to the crew while they were shooting, so they could pick out the ones they liked the most.
"It’s always just about finding the right music for the scene," Schreier told Billboard at a Paper Towns live-streaming event last week. "What was nice was at the end Nat [Wolff], who plays Quentin, went home and wrote a song a week after we stopped shooting. He sent it to all of us, just as an iPhone recording on his phone. We just loved it and felt like it fit."
The author, Green, said he couldn't be more proud of the artists on the album, and called the soundtrack the perfect "summer album." His favorite track is "Used to Haunt" by the Mountain Goats.
"I called Jake, the director of the movie, everyday since we wrapped and said, 'You know who should be on the soundtrack? The Mountain Goats.' And it worked," Green said. "There are a lot of times in the movie where the music does some of the stuff that hopefully happens in the book that you can’t fit into the movie, because movies are much shorter than books. I like the way the music carries some of the emotion."
But before the cast had the soundtrack to jam out to on set, actress Halston Sage said they had to find a way to transport themselves back to their high school days. Sage said Wolff would DJ on his iPhone in between takes for the crew, but the song that really got the actors in-character was the Killers' "Human."
"It came came out around the time we were in school, and it brought us back to that mindset and age," Sage said. "It was also just really fun to scream at the top of our lungs."
Paper Towns is out in theaters now, and the soundtrack is available for purchase on iTunes.
Check out the lead single from the album, "Search Party" by Sam Bruno, below: