Mark Mancina scores Shooter

Posted on March 15, 2007 by Dan Goldwasser

Last month, composer Mark Mancina recorded his score to the new action thriller, Shooter. Reuniting with director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Mancina composed a tense and exciting score for the film, which stars Mark Wahlberg as an ex-sniper framed for an attempted presidential assassination, who is now on the run and trying to find out who set him up, and why. is proud to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring sessions to this Paramount Picture release.

Don Harper conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

Conductor Don Harper, Orchestrater Dave Metzger, Director Antoine Fuqua, Composer Mark Mancina, Scoring Mixer Steve Kempster and ProTools Recordist Chuck Choi

Music Editor Mike Flicker, Technical Consultant Chuck Choi and Composer Mark Mancina

Mancina combined an orchestra with electronic elements, to create a dramatic and adrenaline-filled score. Recording took place at the ToddAO Scoring Stage, with Don Harper conducting a 77-piece orchestra.

Conductor Don Harper and Music Editor Matt Friedman

Guitarist George Doering performs in an iso-booth as the orchestra performs the score

ToddAO Stage Recordist Tom Hardisty slates a take

The score also featured a lot of guitar and other instruments, performed by George Doering and Dean Parks.

George Doering surrounded by his many instruments

The control booth keeps a watchful eye on Doering

The control room

Director Antoine Fuqua was present at a few of the sessions, and would give Mancina feedback on the cues. Occasionally, Mancina would make adjustments, with the assistance of arranger and orchestrator Dave Metzger.

Director Antoine Fuqua discusses a cue with Composer Mark Mancina

Mancina relays Fuqua’s suggestions to Doering

The Hollywood Studio Symphony performs on Shooter

Orchestra Contractor Peter Rotter (background) and Music Copyist Mark Graham

Score Mixer Steve Kempster adjusts the pre-amps

Don Harper rehearses a cue with the orchestra

Director Antoine Fuqua and Composer Mark Mancina

Shooter will be released by Paramount Pictures on March 23, 2007. The soundtrack will be released by Lakeshore Records on March 27, 2007 – but available on iTunes a week earlier, on March 20.

Special thanks to Chuck Choi and Mark Mancina.

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