1. Can I send Danny Elfman e-mail through the
address on this page?
No, this is the Bluntinstrument's address. I am NOT Danny Elfman,
and neither am I a blood relation colleague or even passing acquaintance.
2. What is Danny Elfman's e-mail address then?
Danny Elfman does not have
an e-mail address that is known to the general public.
3. Well, how can I send fan mail to Danny?
Use his agency! Here's the
C/O Kraft-Engel Management
15233 Ventura Blvd. Suite 200
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
4. Is there any way that you, Bluntinstrument, the administrator
of this page, can get in contact with Danny?
No, I have never met Danny
or have talked with him.
5. I'm looking for one or more of these RARE
Elfman soundtracks. Can you help me? Black Beauty, Nightbreed, Forbidden Zone,
Midnight Run, Article 99, Dolores Claiborne, Wisdom, Good Will Hunting Promo...
These titles are out of print, but that doesn't mean you still
can't find them. There are many alternatives. My best advice would be to really
search every place you can think of in your area. That rare Elfman score could
be anywhere, you just have to know where to look. Try supermarkets, garage sales,
flea markets- any place that might sell CDs. Here's a list of URLs you can try!
Commercial CD shopping sites are beginning to take advantage of second hand
dealers as well as importing discs of their own, so don't miss them out.
6. I've tried to find a copy of the movie,
Forbidden Zone. Is there any place that you know of that sells this movie?
Take a look at the details from www.forbiddenzonethemovie.com
You can now get yourself a piece of Elfman history!
(Thanks to Pammy and 9fingeredElf for the update).
7. I'm looking for sheet music for The Nightmare Before Christmas
or other Elfman works. Do you know of any piano pieces or band arrangements
that I can purchase?
There IS sheet music out there, mostly in the form of arrangements
(of varying quality) for popular themes such as The Simpsons and Batman. Search
or browse the TV/Movies categories of sites such as Sheetmusicplus
or search for "Danny Elfman" at http://www.musicnotes.com
and you should hit the jackpot.
8. What is a promo (promotional) release, and how do I get
hold of them? They seem a bit expensive on ebay, so can you recommend them?
Most film composers have a number of promotional discs they distribute
to competition members (such as the Oscars), publicists and future employers
to convince them of the quality of their music. These discs normally contain
more music than a commercial release (if there is one) and can (because of their
rarity and interest) be sold for very high prices. Beware, collectors, that
illegal CDRs also circulate. Whilst this cannot be condoned (someone is presumably
profiting from Danny's work), these are at least cheaper for enthusiasts, and
since a "promo" release generally contains music in a form which could
not be distributed commercially, presumably the composer isn't losing out. Not
too that there are also discs circulating of "extended scores". These
very often contain music ripped from a DVD, with dialogue and sound effects
removed. These are certainly illegal and cannot be condoned officially on this
site, despite the illumination they represent for those who want to hear/study
the score in full.
9. Is Danny related to Jenna Elfman?
Yes, Jenna is related to Danny
through marriage. Jenna is married to Danny's brother's son, Bodhi. That makes
Jenna his niece.
1. Now that you've answered my question(s), does that mean
you don't want me to send you e-mail?
Well, you've got this far and done the right thing. If you can't
see the information you want on the site, the chances are I can't help, so why
not drop by the messageboard
and introduce your 'damaged psyche' and Mission: Impossible. On the other hand,
if you have news, a link, a review, an article, feedback on the design or content
- do please e-mail and I shall always
credit you on the site for anything used.
2. Can I still send you an e-mail with one of the questions
Yes, but I will direct you
to this FAQ.
3. What if it's a question that's not on the FAQ?
Wow, you're stubborn! Yep, by all means e-mail. I don't bite!
But I'm not the world's expert on Elfmania, so the message board (see item 10)
is the place to go for the font of all knowledge.
4. I've found that you are DEAD WRONG about some of the issues
you've mentioned in this FAQ. Can I e-mail you and correct you?
Yes, by all means. But please
don't use all caps or call me names. I'm very fragile.
5. Is your site the OFFICIAL Danny Elfman page?
No, there is no "official" Danny Elfman page. There
used to be an official Oingo Boingo site, but that page is pretty much closed
down. There is no Elfman site out there that has been in contact with Danny
Elfman. Be sure to visit my Web Links section to visit some other great Elfman-related
6. I want to link to your site. Can I? Would you link to
People are ALWAYS welcome to link to my site. I have never told
anyone that they are not allowed to link to my site. I'd prefer that you link
to my main page (http://www.bluntinstrument.org.uk/elfman),
and if you want to link to any of the sub-pages I'd allow it, but would also
like a link to the main page on the same document (or somewhere in the area.)
I'll also link to ANY site that is somehow related to Elfman- whether it be
an Oingo Boingo site or a Tim Burton site. Just tell me the URL and you'll be
7. I really like the images, info and sound clips on this
page. Can I use them on my own page?
Most of the images on this site are by Tim Perrine, the previous
webmaster. He doesn't mind you using them. Design images can be used, but giving
the site credit; CD images can be used without credit; but please download them
and upload to your own server rather than linking them into your own site directly.
This applies doubly with sound clips! Please do not copy-and-paste whole articles
or reviews from his site, though, without permission from the authors. Contact
me and I can forward your request. By all means quote small sections, though,
with credit to author and site.
8. I wish I had my own site, but I don't have the time/ability/resources.
What can I do?
You can contribute to this site. There are too many websites
out there that only have one viewpoint and that can be quite misleading to soundtrack
buyers. You shouldn't base your decision to purchase a soundtrack on one person's
opinion. I strongly believe in multiple viewpoints on a score and my vision
for this site is to create a Danny Elfman database with tons of facts and tons
upon tons of opinions. I'll accept any review or any other contribution that
I receive. (Elfman info, graphics) I only ask that the reviews are over 100
words and contain at least a trace of thought and effort. When you send me a
review, be sure to state if you'd like me to include your e-mail address and
give the score two 0-4 star ratings (one for the score-in-film, one for the
CD recommendation) if you can.
9. I sent you an e-mail but you never responded. Are you
No, and I'm sorry if you never got a response from me. I try
very hard to answer all of the mail I receive, but I occasionally miss an e-mail
or two, and spam programs are sometimes over-zealous. Please forgive me, and
please try resending your question or comment. Tell me that you didn't get a
reply the first time, and make sure your subject header mentions Elfman or one
of his scores so I can pick it out from advertisements to enlarge my "member".
10. I want to use some of Danny's recorded music in a film
I'm making. Darn copyright fascists say I need to get permission or even pay
to use a track. How do I do this?
You need to get in contact with a preforming rights organization
- in this case the BMI (http://www.bmi.com),
which hand-shakes royalities for many American composers. Contact details are:
Doreen Ringer-Ross / Linda Livingston
Los Angeles, California 90069-2211
Ok, thanks Blunt. I really appreciate this FAQ. I think I'll
Oh, you don't need to worship me or shower me with gifts. I'll
be trying to add some links to CD sellers from reviews soon - if you find a
review helpful, do use the link when buying the album. I'll get half a penny
from the vendor which will go towards the £100 per year I pay for this