Michael Giacchino

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Michael Giacchino
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Giacchino in September 2017
Background information
Born (1967-10-10) October 10, 1967 (age 52)
Riverside Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Film score, soundtrack
Occupation(s) Film, television, and video game score composer
Years active1994–present

Michael Giacchino ( /əˈkn/ ; [1] born October 10, 1967) is an American musician and composer of music for films, television and video games. He has received an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and three Grammy Awards.

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He is known for his collaborations with J. J. Abrams, Brad Bird, Matt Reeves, Pete Docter, Colin Trevorrow, Jon Watts, Drew Goddard and The Wachowskis. His film scores include several films from the Mission: Impossible , Jurassic Park and Star Trek series, seven Pixar Animation Studios films, Super 8 , Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , Zootopia , Doctor Strange , Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , and Spider-Man: Far From Home . He also composed the score of the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and the television series Alias , Lost and Fringe .

Early life

Giacchino was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey. His father's ancestors were Italians, they came from Sicily and his mother's ancestors emigrated from Abruzzo in the center of Italy; he holds dual American and Italian citizenship. [2] Giacchino grew up in Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey. [3] He graduated from Holy Cross High School in Delran Township, New Jersey in 1986. [4]

Giacchino began combining images and music at age 10, when he began creating stop-motion animation with homemade soundtracks in his basement. While in high school, an art teacher who mentored Giacchino recommended to his parents that he attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Giacchino describes visiting the school with his parents thus: [5]

I thought, wow, this is fantastic. They actually have colleges like this? Where I can do the things that I am really interested in doing? That was amazing to me. I loved SVA. I loved the kind of freedom that it provided. It was kind of like this great experiment—okay, you're here because you like something. So let's see how much you like it. We're not going to regulate you too much. We're going to see how passionate and driven you are, and how much you want this thing. [5]

Giacchino enrolled at SVA, majoring in film production and minoring in history. During his final year at SVA, his instructor in film publicity announced an unpaid internship was available at Universal Pictures. Giacchino, who was the only one interested, obtained the six-month position, which he filled at night while attending school during the day and working at Macy's to pay his rent. He graduated from SVA in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, after which he took music classes at the Juilliard School. [5] [6] [7]

Career

Video games

When Giacchino's internship ended, Universal hired him, giving him a job upon graduation from college. He later moved to Disney, and when Disney relocated to Los Angeles, Giacchino moved with them, working in publicity, while taking night classes in instrumentation and orchestration at UCLA. His work for Disney had him interacting with the various personnel who worked in films, such as the producers who hired composers, so when a job at Disney Interactive opened for a producer, Giacchino obtained the job, thinking he could hire himself to write music for the games he produced. [5] [6] [7]

Giacchino's composition work for Disney Interactive during the 16-bit era included the Sega Genesis game Gargoyles , the SNES game Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow and the various console versions of The Lion King . [8] However his first major composition was for the DreamWorks video game adaptation of the 1997 movie, The Lost World: Jurassic Park . [9] The video game was one of the first PlayStation- (also on Sega Saturn) console title to be recorded with an original live orchestral score. Giacchino has since continued his relationship with DreamWorks which also included composing the score for the Small Soldiers video game in 1998, providing full orchestral scores for many of their popular videogames. He also worked with Pandemic studios to create the theme for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction . Giacchino's award-winning compositions covers the first four instalments of the Medal of Honor series, ( Medal of Honor , Underground , Allied Assault and Frontline ), Heroes: 2 , and also the scores for several other World War II-related video games like Secret Weapons Over Normandy , Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Finest Hour . [10] Additionally, Giacchino composed themes for The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer , and co-wrote the theme of Black with composer Chris Tilton. [11] He also composed the score for Alias , which was based on the television series of the same name. In 2008 Giacchino wrote music for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty . [12] In 2007, he returned to the Medal of Honor franchise as he composed the music for Medal of Honor: Airborne . [13]

Film and television

Giacchino's work on various video games led to his entrance into television.

In 2001, J. J. Abrams, producer of the television series Alias , discovered Giacchino through his video game work and asked him to provide the new show's soundtrack. The soundtrack featured a mix of full orchestral pieces frequently intermingled with upbeat electronic music, a departure from much of his previous work. Giacchino would go on to provide the score for J. J. Abrams's 2004 television series Lost , [14] creating an acclaimed score which employed a unique process of using spare pieces of a plane fuselage for percussion parts. The score for Lost is also notable for a signature thematic motif: a brass fall-off at the end of certain themes. [15] Just like his counterpart Stu Phillips, he worked with the television show creator Abrams on his shows with his music scores while Abrams supplied the show's main themes on certain series such as Alias.

In 2004, Giacchino received his first big feature film commission. Brad Bird, director of Pixar's The Incredibles , asked Giacchino to provide the soundtrack for the film after having heard his work on Alias. [16] The upbeat jazz orchestral sound was a departure in style not only for Giacchino but for Pixar, which had previously relied on Randy and Thomas Newman for all of its films. Director Brad Bird had originally sought out John Barry – perhaps best known for his work on the early James Bond films—but Barry was reportedly unwilling to repeat the styles of his earlier works. [17]

Giacchino was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 for The Incredibles: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition. [18]

Like his other counterparts Joel McNeely, J. A. C. Redford and Frank DeVol, Giacchino mostly associated with Disney from early in his career up to most recently, ranging from video games such as Mickey Mania and Gargoyles to films such as The Incredibles and eventually collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland. [19]

Giacchino also composed scores for the 2005 films Sky High and The Family Stone , and the television movie The Muppets' Wizard of Oz . Additionally, he wrote the music for Joseph Barbera's final theatrical Tom and Jerry cartoon The Karate Guard , and scored the Abrams-directed 2006 film Mission: Impossible III . [20] Giacchino's next musical achievement was his Paris-inspired score for the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille , which includes the theme song "Le Festin", performed by French artist Camille. He received his first Academy Award nomination for this score. He also created the score for Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film.

Giacchino scored the Pixar film Up (and its accompanying animated short Partly Cloudy ), for which he collaborated with director Pete Docter. This marked the first time Giacchino worked with a Pixar director other than Brad Bird. This work gained Giacchino his first Academy Award for Best Original Score: the first-ever win for Pixar in that category. Giacchino notes that he won on the same night as his SVA classmate Joel Harlow won for Best Makeup Oscar for Star Trek . [5]

Giacchino has continued his collaboration with J. J. Abrams. For the Abrams-produced monster film Cloverfield , Giacchino wrote an homage to Japanese monster scores in an overture titled "ROAR!", which played over the credits, and constituted the only original music for the film. He also composed for the pilot of the Abrams-produced American television series Fringe , after which Giacchino gave scoring duties to his assistant Chad Seiter, who scored the first half of season one. The task was then passed on to Chris Tilton, who scored the latter half of season one and all subsequent seasons.

In 2016, Giacchino composed the score for the Marvel film Doctor Strange, as well as the score for the Disney film Zootopia . Giacchino also composed the fanfare for the new Marvel Studios logo, which debuted with Doctor Strange. [21] In September 2016, it was announced that Giacchino had been chosen to replace composer Alexandre Desplat as the composer for the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One after Desplat was unavailable following reshoots. [22] Giacchino then scored another Marvel Studios film, 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming . [23] and its sequel , 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Giacchino returned to Pixar to score Coco (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018). [24] He also composed the score for Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit . In 2021, Giacchino will re-team with Matt Reeves to score The Batman

In 2018, Giacchino wrote, directed and scored Monster Challenge. [25] The short film is a satirical take on Japanese game shows, starring Patton Oswalt, Ben Schwartz, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Brenneman, Taishi Mizuno, Ann Madox, and Teruko Nakajima. Monster Challenge originally premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2018 and premiered on YouTube on March 20, 2020 [26] .

Additional compositions

In addition to his long list of soundtracks, in 2005 Giacchino collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland. [19] Giacchino was also contracted by Sarah Vowell, who played character Violet in The Incredibles , to compose the score to the audio version of her book Assassination Vacation . Michael Giacchino's music can also be heard in "Star Tours: The Adventure Continues" during the "travel log videos" shown in the queue for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the attraction.

In 2009, he was asked to conduct the Academy Awards orchestra for the 81st Academy Awards. For this project he rearranged many famous movie themes in different styles, including a 1930s Big Band treatment of Lawrence of Arabia and a bossa nova of Moon River . Giacchino also composed the fanfare for the 100th Anniversary logo for Paramount Pictures.

Acting

In 2015, Giacchino played an It's a Small World operator in the film Tomorrowland which he scored. [27] Additionally, the same year, he played First Order Stormtrooper FN-3181 in J. J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens . [28] He reprised the role in the 2018 animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet . [29]

Style

Giacchino is noted for using humorous titles filled with puns on his soundtrack albums. [30] [31] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World in particular had many ape- and dinosaur-related double entendres such as "Gorilla Warfare" and "Raptor Your Heart Out". [32] Many of those have references to previous works of his, both in style and naming. Giacchino used themes from the track "U-Boat" from the Medal of Honor soundtrack in the tracks "Sawyer Jones and the Temple of Boom" and "Sub-Primed" from the 5th and 6th season Lost soundtracks as the submarine motif. In terms of naming, the score for The Incredibles contains a piece named "100 Mile Dash", and subsequently Ratatouille had "100 Rat Dash", Up had "Three Dog Dash", and Coco had "Shrine and Dash". Another series of examples: "World's Worst Beach Party" from the first Lost album, "World's Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live" from the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack, "Galaxy's Worst Sushi Bar" from Star Trek (2010 deluxe release), "World's Worst Landscaping" from the second Lost album, "World's Worst Car Wash" from the soundtrack album Lost: The Final Season, and "World's Worst Field Trip" from the soundtrack of Super 8. The soundtrack for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol also has a track titled "World's Worst Parking Valet", and the score for Zootopia contains a track titled "World's Worst Animal Shelter". Inversely, the score for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction has a track titled "World's Best Carpool Lane"; the Speed Racer score has tracks titled "World's Best Autopia" and "World's Worst Road Rage;" the Spider-Man: Far From Home score has a track titled "World's Worst Water Feature".

Awards, nominations and recognitions

Major industry awards

Academy Awards

YearWorkCategoryResultRef.
2008 Ratatouille Best Original Score Nominated [33] [34]
2010 Up Won [35]

Annie Awards

YearWorkCategoryResultRef.
2005 The Incredibles Music in a Feature Production Won
2008 Ratatouille Won
2010 Up Nominated
2016 Inside Out Won
2018 Coco Won
2019 Incredibles 2 Won

British Academy Film Awards

YearWorkCategoryResultRef.
2010 Up Best Original Music Won [36]
2020 Jojo Rabbit Best Original Score Nominated [37]

Primetime Emmy Awards

YearWorkCategoryResultRef.
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Outstanding Music and Lyrics Nominated [38]
"Pilot" (from Lost ) Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) Won
2008 "The Constant" (from Lost) Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Nominated
2010 "The End" (from Lost)Nominated
2012 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

YearWorkCategoryResultRef.
2010 Up Best Original Score – Motion Picture Won [39]

Grammy Awards

YearWorkCategoryResultRef.
2005 The Incredibles Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated [40]
"The Incredits" (from The Incredibles) Best Instrumental Composition Nominated
2008 Ratatouille Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaWon
2010 Star Trek Nominated
Up Won
"Married Life" (from Up)Best Instrumental CompositionWon
"Up with End Credits" (from Up) Best Instrumental Arrangement Nominated
2019 Coco Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated

Other industry awards

Recognition

Discography

Video games

TitleYearNotes
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse 1994Additional compositions
Gargoyles 1995N/A
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow 1995N/A
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997N/A
Chaos Island 1997N/A
Small Soldiers 1998N/A
T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger 1999N/A
Warpath: Jurassic Park 1999N/A
Medal of Honor 1999N/A
Muppet Monster Adventure 2000N/A
Medal of Honor: Underground 2000N/A
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002N/A
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002N/A
Call of Duty 2003N/A
Secret Weapons Over Normandy 2003N/A
Call of Duty: United Offensive 2004Expansion pack
Call of Duty: Finest Hour 2004N/A
Alias 2004N/A
The Incredibles 2004Console/PC versions only, composed with Chris Tilton
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction 2005Composed with Chris Tilton
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer 2005Composed with Chris Tilton
Black 2006Main theme co-composed with Chris Tilton, original score by Chris Tilton
Medal of Honor: Vanguard 2007N/A
Medal of Honor: Airborne 2007N/A
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 2007N/A
Lost: Via Domus 2008N/A
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty 2008N/A
Fracture 2008Only producer - Music composed by Chris Tilton and Chad Seiter
Up 2009with Chad Seiter
Sniper Elite 4 2017
Lego The Incredibles 2018Composed with Rob Westwood and Ian Livingstone

Films

YearTitleDirectorNotes
1997Legal DeceitMonika HarrisN/A
1999 My Brother the Pig Erik Fleming N/A
2001The Trouble with LouGregor JoackimN/A
2003 Sin Michael Stevens N/A
2004 The Incredibles Brad Bird Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
First collaboration with Brad Bird

Replaced John Barry

2005 Sky High Mike Mitchell N/A
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Kirk Thatcher TV Movie
The Family Stone Thomas Bezucha First collaboration with Thomas Bezucha
2006 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Albert Brooks N/A
Mission: Impossible III J. J. Abrams First film collaboration with J. J. Abrams
2007 Ratatouille Brad Bird Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album
Nominated for a Academy Award for Best Original Score
Second collaboration with Brad Bird
2008 Cloverfield Matt Reeves Credited as "Written by"
Only composed "Roar!" for ending credits
First collaboration with Matt Reeves
Speed Racer The Wachowskis First collaboration with The Wachowskis
2009 Star Trek J. J. Abrams Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album
Second collaboration with J. J. Abrams
Up Pete Docter Academy Award for Best Original Score
BAFTA Award for Best Music
Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score Up
First collaboration with Pete Docter
Land of the Lost Brad Silberling N/A
Earth Days Robert Stone Documentary Film
2010 Let Me In Matt Reeves Second collaboration with Matt Reeves
2011 Cars 2 John Lasseter N/A
Super 8 J. J. Abrams Third collaboration with J. J. Abrams
Monte Carlo Thomas Bezucha Second collaboration with Thomas Bezucha
50/50 Jonathan Levine N/A
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Brad Bird Third collaboration with Brad Bird
2012 John Carter Andrew Stanton N/A
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness J. J. Abrams Fourth collaboration with J. J. Abrams
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [43] Matt Reeves Third collaboration with Matt Reeves
This Is Where I Leave You Shawn Levy N/A
2015 Jupiter Ascending [44] The Wachowskis Second collaboration with The Wachowskis
Tomorrowland [44] Brad Bird Fourth collaboration with Brad Bird
Jurassic World [32] Colin Trevorrow First collaboration with Colin Trevorrow
Jurassic Park Theme by John Williams
Inside Out Pete Docter Second collaboration with Pete Docter
2016 Zootopia Byron Howard
Rich Moore
N/A
Star Trek Beyond [45] Justin Lin N/A
Doctor Strange [46] Scott Derrickson N/A
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [47] Gareth Edwards Replaced Alexandre Desplat
Original Star Wars themes by John Williams
2017 The Book of Henry [48] Colin Trevorrow Second collaboration with Colin Trevorrow
Spider-Man: Homecoming [49] Jon Watts First collaboration with Jon Watts
War for the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves Fourth collaboration with Matt Reeves
Coco Lee Unkrich N/A
2018 Incredibles 2 [50] Brad Bird Fifth collaboration with Brad Bird
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [51] J. A. Bayona First J. A. Bayona film not to be composed by Fernando Velázquez
Bad Times at the El Royale [52] Drew Goddard N/A
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home [53] Jon Watts Second collaboration with Jon Watts
Jojo Rabbit [54] Taika Waititi N/A
2020 An American Pickle [55] Brandon Trost Original themes, Nami Melumad composed the rest of the score
Let Him Go Thomas Bezucha N/A
Extinct David Silverman N/A
2021 Jurassic World: Dominion [56] Colin Trevorrow Third collaboration with Colin Trevorrow
The Batman [57] Matt Reeves Fifth collaboration with Matt Reeves
Untitled Spider-Man Far From Home sequel
Jon Watts Third collaboration with Jon Watts

Short films and holiday specials

TitleYearNotes
No Salida1998Short film
String Of The Kite2003Short film
The Karate Guard 2005Short film
One Man Band 2005Short film
Jack-Jack Attack 2005Short film
Lifted 2006Short film
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater 2007Short film
Partly Cloudy 2009Short film
Dug's Special Mission 2009Short film (edited from Up )
Prep & Landing 2009TV Christmas Special
Day & Night 2010Short film
Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa 2010Short film
The Ballad of Nessie 2011Short film
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 2011TV Christmas special
La Luna 2011Short film
Toy Story of Terror! 2013TV Halloween special
Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014TV Christmas special
Riley's First Date? 2015Short film
Dante's Lunch [58] 2017Short film

TV series

TitleYearNotes
Alias 2001–2006 Bad Robot Productions
Lost 2004–2010
Six Degrees 2006–2007
Fringe 2008 (co-composer of the first season with Chris Tilton and Chad Seiter)
Undercovers 2010 (Pilot only)
Alcatraz 2012 (Pilot only)

Theme park attractions

TitleYearNotes
Space Mountain at Disneyland 2005Theme park attraction
Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland 2005Theme park attraction
Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris 2005Theme Park attraction
Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom 2010Theme park attraction
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios 2011Theme park attraction
Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy at Walt Disney Studios Park and Epcot 2014Theme park attraction
Incredicoaster at Disney California Adventure 2018Theme park attraction

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