McCreary in 2020
|Born||February 17, 1979|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Genres||Film score, orchestral, Video Game Score|
|Labels||La La Land Records, Sparks and Shadows|
Bear McCreary (born February 17, 1979) is an American musician and composer of film, television, and video games scores based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series, as well as Outlander and The Walking Dead . He has also scored for the PlayStation 4 video game God of War.
McCreary has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for his work on season one of Outlanderand won one Emmy for the main title of Da Vinci's Demons . He has also won a BAFTA for his work on God of War .
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McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington. He is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii. His brother, Brendan McCreary, is also a musician. Bear has directed and produced several music videos for Brendan's band, Young Beautiful in a Hurry.He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1997.
He is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist.He studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein during which time he reconstructed and reorchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun . Their collaboration allowed for the complete score to be available as a soundtrack album for the first time in 40 years.
McCreary went to USC Thornton School of Music at the encouragement of Elmer Bernstein becoming his protégé and graduating in 2002 from Screen Scoring.
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In 2003, McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the three-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica . When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full-time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, six Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaimand commercial success. The soundtracks for seasons two and three ranked amongst Amazon.com's Top 30 Music Sales on their first days of release.
McCreary composed for the Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome .
McCreary provided the score for the series Human Target (based on the comic book of the same name). The pilot episode and main theme score had been recorded with a full orchestra.The series has the distinction of having one of the largest orchestras on television.
The score to the finale of season one, "Christopher Chance", used the largest orchestra ever assembled for episodic television, and he took the opportunity to rerecord the main title theme with a new orchestration with this larger ensemble.
In July 2010, he received his first Emmy nomination for the Human Target main title.
In a post on his blog on July 25, 2010, McCreary announced the new creative leadership brought in for season two had not asked him to return for it, and he would be leaving the series.
The opening title sequence for Black Sails was composed by McCreary with a backing sea shanty inspired theme. It accurately features an instrument of the period in the form of the hurdy-gurdy.[ citation needed ]
McCreary has composed the soundtrack for each of the first five seasons of Outlander , with the main title being sung by long time collaborator and partner, Raya Yarbrough. McCreary was nominated for an Emmy for the episode "Sassenach" in 2015.
During Comic-Con 2010, Bear McCreary attended panels for AMC's The Walking Dead and NBC's The Cape to announce he would be composing the score for both television series.
On July 15, 2013, McCreary announced that he would compose the score for ABC's series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.On September 4, 2015, McCreary released the official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. soundtrack publicly.
McCreary served as orchestral producer for the rock opera Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem airing on Adult Swim on October 27, 2013. This is a continuation of the Metalocalypse universe following the band Dethklok. The music features a 50-piece orchestra. The soundtrack was released on October 29, 2013.
McCreary also composed the score for the television series Snowpiercer which premiered on TNT May 17, 2020. Snowpiercer was also distributed online via Netflix.
McCreary worked on several films providing additional music and conducting for My Baby's Daddy and Johnson Family Vacation before striking it off on his own and scoring Rest Stop and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End , both direct to video.
After working with Shawn Papazian on Rest Stop: Don't Look Back , the sequel to Rest Stop . McCreary made his theatrical film debut with Step Up 3D
Following Step Up 3D, he made he scored his second of four films directed by Joe Lynch, Chillerama (2011) , Knights of Badassdom (2013) and Everly (2014) . Everly 's soundtrack included a duet McCreary sang with his wife, Raya Yarbrough.
McCreary has only worked with a few directors multiple times. Christopher Landon on three films, Happy Death Day , Happy Death Day 2U and Freaky , and director McG twice on Rim of the World and The Babysitter: Killer Queen .
McCreary's latest feature scores include Ava , The Babysitter: Killer Queen and Freaky .
McCreary made an eight-bit rendition of the Dark Void theme, which was, originally, an April fools joke. However, the theme was used for the prequel, Dark Void Zero.He composed all the songs in an eight-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.
He arranged James Rolfe's The Angry Video Game Nerd "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" parody "You're a Mean One, Mr. Nerd" for the 2010 Christmas special, with orchestra and eight-bit audio elements.
McCreary also performed with his orchestra band live at Sony's E3 2016 press conference throughout the show and composed the score of the 2018 God of War game.
McCreary married singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough in 2010. They have collaborated on the music of Battlestar Galactica, Outlander, Defiance, Da Vinci's Demons, among other projects.Their daughter Sonatine, named after the musical term sonatina , was born on June 2, 2014.
McCreary credits composers Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Shirley Walker as being key to his growing up adoring film music. They were his heroes while he was growing up.Contemporary composers including Hans Zimmer continue to inspire McCreary's growth.
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Cheryl Dunye||Additional music|
Score composed by Richard Gibbs
|Johnson Family Vacation||Christopher Erskin|
|2006||Rest Stop||John Shiban|
|2007||Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||Joe Lynch|
|2008||Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||Shawn Papazian|
|2010||Step Up 3D||Jon M. Chu|
|2011||Chillerama||Joe Lynch||Segment: "Zom-B Movie"|
|2013||Europa Report||Sebastián Cordero|
|Knights of Badassdom||Joe Lynch||Provided Vocals for Joe's singing voice|
|2014||Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie||Kevin Finn|
|AVGN themes by Kyle Justin|
|2016||The Forest||Jason Zada|
|The Boy||William Brent Bell|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||Dan Trachtenberg|
|2017||Unrest||Jennifer Brea||Documentary film|
|Rebel in the Rye||Danny Strong|
|Animal Crackers||Tony Bancroft|
|Happy Death Day||Christopher Landon|
|2018||The Cloverfield Paradox||Julius Onah|
|I Still See You||Scott Speer|
|2019||Happy Death Day 2U||Christopher Landon|
|The Professor and the Madman||Farhad Safinia|
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Michael Dougherty||Godzilla themes by Akira Ifukube |
Mothra themes by Yūji Koseki
|Rim of the World||McG|
|Child's Play||Lars Klevberg||1988's Child's Play remake|
|2020||Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution|| Nicole Newnham |
|Documentary film |
Executive producers Barack and Michelle Obama
|Fantasy Island||Jeff Wadlow|
|The Babysitter: Killer Queen||McG|
|2004–09||Battlestar Galactica||71 episodes|
|2008–09||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||31 episodes|
Terminator themes by Brad Fiedel
|2010||Human Target||12 episodes|
|2010–present||The Walking Dead||131 episodes|
|2011||The Cape||10 episodes|
|2012||Day Break||5 episodes|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome||10 episodes|
|2013||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem||Composed with Brendon Small|
|Da Vinci's Demons||28 episodes|
|2013–2020||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||136 episodes|
|2014–17||Black Sails||38 episodes|
The Omen themes by Jerry Goldsmith
|Black Mirror||Episode: "Playtest"|
|2017–18||Electric Dreams||3 episodes|
|2018||Into the Dark||Episode: "Pooka"|
|2010||Dark Void Zero|
|2011||SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs|
|2015||Assassin's Creed Syndicate||Jack the Ripper DLC|
Composed with Austin Wintory
|2018||God of War|
|League of Legends||Ryze: Call of Power|
|2009||ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series||Eureka||Won|
|International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Caprica||Nominated|
|International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Battlestar Galactica||Won|
|2010||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Human Target||Won|
|International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media||Dark Void||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Human Target||Nominated|
|2011||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media||SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||Nominated|
|2013||ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series||The Walking Dead||Won|
|International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Da Vinci's Demons||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Da Vinci's Demons||Won|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Black Sails||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series||Outlander||Nominated|
|2019||British Academy Games Award for Music||God of War||Won|
|Game Audio Network Guild Best Original Choral Composition||God of War||Won|
|Game Audio Network Guild Best Music in a Casual/Social Game||God of War||Won|
|Game Audio Network Guild Music of the Year||God of War||Won|
|Game Audio Network Guild Best Cinematic/Cutscene Audio||God of War||Won|
|Game Audio Network Guild Best Original Instrumental||God of War||Nominated|
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