Deborah Lurie scores Spring Breakdown

Posted on July 24, 2008 by Dan Goldwasser

Composer Deborah Lurie was recently at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios to record the score for her new film, Spring Breakdown. Directed by Ryan Shiraki, the comedy stars Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and Will Arnett.

Blake Neely conducts Spring Breakdown

Composer Deborah Lurie

A 35-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony was conducted by Blake Neely. There are a lot of rock songs in the film, so there’s only about 18-minutes of orchestral underscore, as well as some contemporary "band" cues. It took about four hours to record the entire score. Towards the end, a jazzy "blues" cue was recorded with bassist Mike Valerio and pianist Robert Theis.

Blake Neely conducts the orchestra

Concertmaster Mark Robertson and the Hollywood Studio Symphony

In the control room, Lurie was assisted by orchestrator Abe Libbos. Score recording mixer Greg Dennen made sure everything sounded superb, and stage engineer Ryan Robinson handled ProTools recording duties. Music editor Chris McGeary kept everything was on track, and scoring assistant Matt Lewkowicz, who would be mixing the final score, was also on hand to help when needed.

Director Ryan Shiraki discusses a cue with Deborah Lurie

Recording mixer Greg Dennen

Scoring assistant Matt Lewkowicz, ProTools recordist Ryan Robinson and music editor Chris McGeary

Orchestrator Abe Libbos and composer Deborah Lurie

Spring Breakdown will be released by Warner Brothers, later this fall.

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