John Debney scores Ice Age: Collision Course

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Dan Goldwasser



Earlier this spring, Oscar-nominated composer John Debney recorded his score to the fifth film in the popular animated franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course. Recording for the score took place at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox, and we’re delighted to share our exclusive photos from the scoring sessions with our readers!


Composer John Debney conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

To bring his score to life, Debney conducted an 83-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony.


The orchestra performs with composer/conductor John Debney

The violins

The woodwinds

The French horn section

The trumpet section

The brass section

The orchestra and composer/conductor John Debney record a cue

The low strings

Don Williams on timpani

Composer/conductor John Debney watches the playback

Enhancing the music was the use of a heavenly choir, conducted by orchestrator Andrew Kinney.


The choir performs

Orchestrator Andrew Kinney conducts the choir

In the booth, supervising orchestrator Kevin Kaska, joined by directors Galen Chu and Mike Thurmeier, gave Debney feedback out on the podium. Scoring mixer Shawn Murphy, music editors Jim Harrison and Jeff Carson, and ProTools recordist Eric Swanson were also on hand to give comments.


Inside the booth during the Ice Age: Collision Course session

Supervising orchestrator Kevin Kaska and scoring mixer Shawn Murphy

Music editors Jim Harrison and Jeff Carson, and ProTools recordist Eric Swanson

Directors Galen Chu and Mike Thurmeier listen to a cue with music editor Jeff Carson

Composer John Debney listens to playback

Ice Age: Collision Course is currently playing in theaters and has grossed over $320 million worldwide so far. A soundtrack album is available from Varese Sarabande.

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