Mark Mancina scores Shooter
Posted on March 15, 2007 by Dan Goldwasser
Last month, composer Mark Mancina recorded his score to the new action thriller, Shooter. Reuniting with director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Mancina composed a tense and exciting score for the film, which stars Mark Wahlberg as an ex-sniper framed for an attempted presidential assassination, who is now on the run and trying to find out who set him up, and why. ScoringSessions.com is proud to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring sessions to this Paramount Picture release.
Don Harper conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony
Conductor Don Harper, Orchestrater Dave Metzger, Director Antoine Fuqua, Composer Mark Mancina, Scoring Mixer Steve Kempster and ProTools Recordist Chuck Choi
Music Editor Mike Flicker, Technical Consultant Chuck Choi and Composer Mark Mancina
Mancina combined an orchestra with electronic elements, to create a dramatic and adrenaline-filled score. Recording took place at the ToddAO Scoring Stage, with Don Harper conducting a 77-piece orchestra.
Conductor Don Harper and Music Editor Matt Friedman
Guitarist George Doering performs in an iso-booth as the orchestra performs the score
ToddAO Stage Recordist Tom Hardisty slates a take
The score also featured a lot of guitar and other instruments, performed by George Doering and Dean Parks.
George Doering surrounded by his many instruments
The control booth keeps a watchful eye on Doering
The control room
Director Antoine Fuqua was present at a few of the sessions, and would give Mancina feedback on the cues. Occasionally, Mancina would make adjustments, with the assistance of arranger and orchestrator Dave Metzger.
Director Antoine Fuqua discusses a cue with Composer Mark Mancina
Mancina relays Fuqua’s suggestions to Doering
The Hollywood Studio Symphony performs on Shooter
Orchestra Contractor Peter Rotter (background) and Music Copyist Mark Graham
Score Mixer Steve Kempster adjusts the pre-amps
Don Harper rehearses a cue with the orchestra
Director Antoine Fuqua and Composer Mark Mancina
Shooter will be released by Paramount Pictures on March 23, 2007. The soundtrack will be released by Lakeshore Records on March 27, 2007 – but available on iTunes a week earlier, on March 20.
Special thanks to Chuck Choi and Mark Mancina.