I was watching "Falling Down" for the second time on DVD the other day. I think the score was James Horner. The scene where Detective Duvall shoots Douglas on Venice Pier and Douglas does a slow motion dive over pier railing, backed by this great solo horn. For those that score to film, what is the process for those scenes? Do director and composer collaborate before hand, throwing out ideas so that film and music enhance each other? Or does composer simply get raw film after the fact and "does the best he/she can"? I think so many poignant film scenes were great because the film and music matched so well - but wonder how that comes about. My guess is that many scenes missed potential greatness due to lack of composer/director pre-flim collaboration.
P.s. Shooting someone is naturally a horrible thing and not meaning to trivialize, but addressing from a more technical view...