Creating Music of Jurassic Proportions Takes Balls
The latest film in the popular dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World, has been shattering box office records left and right. It’s even on track to rival James Cameron’s Avatar as the top grossing film of all time (but let’s be honest, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to dominate). Most of the focus surrounding the film has centered on leading man Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard running in high heels, or the animatronics used for some of the dinosaurs. But little has mentioned a frequently unsung hero of a film, the musical composer.
The man behind the music, Michael Giacchino, has been making waves in the big blockbuster arena this year. He has already composed the scores for Jupiter Ascending, Tomorrowland, Inside Out, and, of course, Jurassic World. His impressive body of work is heavy on the sci-fi genre, but he’s also known for a handful of epic animated films. In 2010, Giacchino won an Oscar for helping us all shed a few tears in the Pixar film, Up.
NPR recently interviewed the master composer on his inspiration, and he sighted Steven Spielberg as one of the greats. “He was my first film school teacher, really, unbeknownst to him," Giacchino says. "When I wasn't able to get myself to a theater to re-watch, you know, E.T. for the hundredth time, or Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Star Wars, the only way to relive those movies was to listen to the soundtrack.”
Of course, the mastermind behind the soundtracks in the majority of both Spielberg’s and George Lucas’ films is none other than John Williams. Williams produced the iconic scores behind such film greats as the Indiana Jones franchise, Star Wars, Jaws, Harry Potter, and the original Jurassic Park films. Following in his footsteps is clearly no easy task but he explained that it felt natural and “It was just like coming home, in this weird, strange way.” He also expressed his love of dinosaurs. “It was dinosaurs, it was everything that sort of launched me into this insane business.”
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