Christopher Lennertz scores Shaft
Posted on June 14, 2019 by Dan Goldwasser
Last summer, composer Christopher Lennertz was at the historic MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios to record his score for Shaft. Directed by longtime collaborator Tim Story, the film is the latest in the long-running series of films, and ScoringSessions.com is delighted to bring our readers exclusive photos from the scoring session. Can you dig it?
Composer/conductor Christopher Lennertz and the Hollywood Studio Symphony record a cue
The Hollywood Studio Symphony performs on Christopher Lennertz’s score to Shaft
The violin section
The brass section records a cue
Composer/conductor Christopher Lennertz records his score with the orchestra
The large brass section
The cello and bass sections
Director Tim Story spent much of the session in the best seat possible – right on the stage, not too far behind Lennertz. Joining him was music editor Todd Bozung, who sadly has passed away recently. He was a longtime collaborator with Lennertz and co-prouduced the Shaft score with him.
Music editor Todd Bozung and director Tim Story
The woodwind section doubles on flute
The percussion section performs
Pianist Randy Kerber
Inside the booth, scoring mixer Jeff Vaughn was handling the balance of the pre-records and band elements that would be combined with the orchestra. Lead orchestrator Andrew Kinney was there, as well as additional music composer Dara Taylor who gave notes back to Lennertz out on the stage. Joining them were additional music composer Alex Bornstein and ProTools recordist Keith Ukrisna. When they recorded the classic Isaac Hayes main theme, there was quite a funk-tastic vibe in both the booth and stage, much to everyone’s delight.
The music team works on Shaft
Orchestrator Andrew Kinney and scoring mixer Jeff Vaughn
Additional music composer Dara Taylor
The music team listens to the mix from the booth
ProTools recordist Keith Uskirna
Shaft is now playing in theaters and a soundtrack album is available from WaterTower Music.