There are several ingredients that swirl into something truly magical in Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape Of Water.” There’s the gallery of strong performances from Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg, the gorgeous production design, the dazzling visual effects, and threading it all together, the wondrous, Oscar nominated score by Alexandre Desplat. The composer, who already has a trophy on his shelf for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” has done it all from monster movie “Godzilla” to Jonathan Glazer‘s intimate “Birth,” and with “The Shape Of Water” he once again displays the tremendous talent that makes him one of the most sought after names in the industry.

In this exclusive featurette, Alexandre Desplat shares his rewarding experiencing working on del Toro’s beautiful fantasy romance. The director, meanwhile, relates just how vital Desplat’s work was to the success of the picture, and his unique talent for finding the exact emotion needed for any given scene. It’s a lovely tribute to a working relationship that resulted in something truly special.

“The Shape Of Water” is now playing in limited release, and the soundtrack is available on digital and CD. Watch below.