Michael Giacchino scores Jurassic World

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Dan Goldwasser



Shortly after finishing work on Tomorrowland, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino was back at the stage, recording his score to the highly anticipated summer blockbuster, Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow. ScoringSessions.com also came back to document Giacchino’s session, and we’re excited to bring our readers exclusive photos from the sessions!


Tim Simonec conducts the score to Jurassic World

The score to Jurassic World was recorded with orchestrator Tim Simonec conducting a 102-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios. No stranger to the franchise (one of Giacchino’s first composing jobs was scoring the The Lost World: Jurassic Park video game), Giacchino’s score does indeed reference the iconic John Williams Jurassic Park theme, but for the most part forges its own path.


The violins

The cellos

The French horns (once more) show off their Wagner tubas

The brass section

Malcolm McNab performs on trumpet

Percussionists Dan Greco and Don Williams

The woodwinds

Mark Gasbarro on piano

A 70-person choir was also utilized in the score, adding another layer of grandeur and excitement to the music.


Bobbi Page contracted a 70-person choir for Jurassic World

Composer Michael Giacchino makes edits with vocal contractor Bobbi Page and conductor and orchestrator Tim Simonec

In the booth, scoring mixer Joel Iwataki was handled the recording duties, joined at the console by Giacchino and director Colin Trevorrow. The rest of the music team was also in the booth to give feedback, along with ProTools recordist Vinni Cirilli, music editor Paul Apelgren, assistant music editor Mae Crosby, orchestrator Jeff Kryka, and music librarian Marshall Bowen. (Orchestrations for the score were done by Tim Simonec, Mark Gasbarro, Jeff Kryka, Susie Seiter, Chris Tilton and Peter Boyer.)


Inside the booth: (front) director Colin Trevorrow, composer Michael Giacchino, scoring mixer Joel Iwataki; (rear) orchestrator Jeff Kryka, assistant music editor Mae Crosby, ProTools recordist Vinnie Cirilli, and music editor Paul Apelgren

Director Colin Trevorrow, composer Michael Giacchino, and scoring mixer Joel Iwataki

Orchestrator Jeff Kryka, assistant music editor Mae Crosby, ProTools recordist Vinnie Cirilli, and music editor Paul Apelgren

Jurassic World opens in theaters today, and the soundtrack is available from Back Lot Music.

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