Theodore Shapiro scores Year One

Posted on March 13, 2009 by Dan Goldwasser

Composer Theodore Shapiro recently recorded his score to the upcoming film, Year One. Directed by Harold Ramis, and written by Ramis with Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg, the comedy features Jack Black and Michael Cera and was produced by Judd Apatow.

Pete Anthony conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

A 75-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony, under the baton of orchestrator Pete Anthony, recorded the orchestral aspect to Shapiro’s score at the Sony Scoring Stage. The pre-historical and biblical comedy features a largely thematic score that utilizes strong brass and hints of Middle-Eastern stylings.

Pete Anthony conducts Year One

The basses contemplate the score

Shapiro’s contemporary approach to the music is also felt through his utilization of pre-recorded band elements, including flutes and bowed Middle-Eastern instruments (A.J. Racy), guitar (Joel Shearer and George Doering), drums (John Robinson), flutes and didgeridoo (Pedro Eustache), bass (Neil Stubenhaus, oud (Ludwig Goransson), and percussion (Mike Fisher and Brian Kilgore).

The celli

Pete Anthony gets direction on the stage from Theodore Shapiro

In the booth, Shapiro followed the score closely, along with orchestrator Randy Kerber and scoring assistant Ludwig Goransson. The other orchestrators on the project were Pete Anthony, Bruce Babcock and John Kull. Music editor Tom Drescher was also on hand to provide feedback, and ProTools recording was handled by Bryan Carrigan.

Scoring assistant Ludwig Goransson, orchestrator Randy Kerber and composer Theodore Shapiro

Scoring mixer Chris Fogel

ProTools recordist Bryan Carrigan and stage recordist Adam Michalak

With over an hour of original underscore, Year One will be released by Columbia Pictures on June 19, 2009.

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