Alexandre Desplat scores Godzilla
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Dan Goldwasser
Earlier this spring, Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was at the Sony Scoring Stage to the record his score for the highly anticipated summer film, Godzilla. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film opens today, and ScoringSessions.com is delighted to bring our readers exclusive photos from the scoring sessions!
Conducted by composer Alexandre Desplat, Godzilla was recorded with a monstrous 108-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony packed into the Sony Scoring Stage. (It was so large that the percussion had to be recorded separately!)
Alexandre Desplat conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony
Alexandre Desplat conducts as orchestrator Conrad Pope listens
The bass section
Orchestrator Conrad Pope, composer/conductor Alexandre Desplat, and music librarian Mark Graham
Composer Alexandre Desplat and Hollywood Studio Symphony perform on Godzilla
In addition to the massive orchestral component to the score, an 80-person choir was employed to heighten the music.
The choir performs on Godzilla
In the booth, score producer Solré Lemonnier and orchestrator Conrad Pope would give feedback to Desplat out on the podium. Score recording has handled by Brad Haehnel, as scoring mixer Dennis Sands was up at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros., mixing the previous day’s recordings. Also in the booth were music librarian Mark Graham, supervising music editor Ken Karman and ProTools recordist Erik Swanson. Director Gareth Edwards, who was in the heat of post-production, would pop by the session to hear music and give notes.
Director Gareth Edwards and composer Alexandre Desplat discuss a cue
Orchestra contractor Peter Rotter, composer Alexandre Desplat, music librarian Mark Graham, and score producer Solré Lemonnier
Orchestrator Conrad Pope and scoring recordist Brad Haehnel
Music librarian Mark Graham (obscured), score producer Solré Lemonnier, scoring recordist Brad Haehnel, Adam Michalak, ProTools recordist Erik Swanson, and supervising music editor Ken Karman
Scoring mixer Dennis Sands and digital recordist Adam Olmstead (rear) during the mix at Warner Bros.
UPDATE 6/16/14: We’ve just added exclusive video showcasing some time-lapse photography from the scoring sessions. Click here to view it!