Steve Jablonsky scores Transformers: The Last Knight

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Dan Goldwasser



This spring, composer Steve Jablonsky recorded his score to Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth film in the hit Transformers franchise, and his seventh film score for director Michael Bay. Scoring took place with an 82-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony, as well as a 32-person choir, at Warner Bros., and we’re delighted to present our exclusive photos!


Conductor James Sale records a cue with the Hollywood Studio Symphony

The violin section

Conductor James Sale and orchestra

Transformers: The Last Knight was initially conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith, but when we visited the sessions, James Sale had taken over conducting duties when Glennie-Smith left to join Hans Zimmer on tour. Recording was split between the strings during the day, and brass in the evenings.


Concertmaster Belinda Broughton and the violins

The French horn section

Conductor James Sale and the orchestra record a cue for Transformers: The Last Knight

The cello section

The trumpets and low brass

There were some instrumental solos recorded with concertmaster Belinda Broughton on violin, and Steve Erdody on cello.


Concertmaster Belinda Broughton records a solo

Cellist Steve Erdody records an overdub

In the booth, composer Steve Jablonsky ran the sessions, joined by scoring mixer Jeff Biggers. Also on hand were supervising orchestrator Bruce Fowler (additional orchestrations were done by YS Moriarty, Rick Giovinazzo, Walt Fowler and Carl Ryland), music editor Bryan Lawson, audio engineer/studio manager Lori Castro, ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman, and Paramount VP of Music Production Kim Seiniger.


Composer Steve Jablonsky and scoring mixer Jeff Biggers watch the session

Composer Steve Jablonsky talks with audio engineer/studio manager Lori Castro and music editor Bryan Lawson

Inside the booth: orchestrator Bruce Fowler, composer Steve Jablonsky, music editor Bryan Lawson, scoring mixer Jeff Biggers (foreground),audio engineer/studio manager Lori Castro, ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman, and Paramount VP of Music Production Kim Seiniger

Concertmaster Belinda Broughton discusses a cue with composer Steve Jablonsky

A choir session was held with a 32-person ensemble, conducted by vocal contractor Jasper Randall.


The choir performs on Transformers: The Last Knight

Choir conductor Jasper Randall records a cue with the choir

The choir records a cue for composer Steve Jablonsky’s score to Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight is now playing in theaters, and a score album is now available digitally from Paramount Music, and a physical release from La-La Land Records will be out July 11th.

Note: this session marks the first published gallery of imagery taken with the new camera procured this spring, and we want to express our infinite gratitude to the donors of our GoFundMe campaign, without whom this would not have been possible.

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