John Paesano scores The Maze Runner

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Dan Goldwasser

Last December, John Paesano recorded his score to the new sci-fi thriller, The Maze Runner. The adaptation of the popular young adult novel was directed by Wes Ball, and is thrilled to bring our readers photos from the scoring sessions that took place at 20th Century Fox!

Conductor Pete Anthony and the orchestra record composer John Paesano’s score to The Maze Runner

Conducted by Pete Anthony, Paesano’s score was recorded with a large ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Thematic and unabashedly bold during the action sequences, it was also refreshing to see a composer use the full orchestra all in the room at the same time, along with live percussion players.

Concertmaster Belinda Broughton and the first violins wait patiently for the next take

The violins discuss a cue

The brass change music for the next cue

The woodwinds

The French horn section prepares for the next cue

Percussionists Alan Estes and Greg Goodall

In the booth, Paesano and his team were working hard to make sure everything was coming out perfectly. He was supported by scoring mixer Dennis Sands, orchestrators John Ashton Thomas and Nolan Livesay, additional music composer Braden Kimball, composer assistant Josh Johnson, music editor Ted Caplan, and ProTools recordist Adam Olmstead.

Inside the control room at Fox

Additional music composer Braden Kimball and composer John Paesano go over a cue together

Director Wes Ball was also on hand to give feedback on the score. The Maze Runner is his first feature film.

The Maze Runner is now playing in theaters. A soundtrack album featuring Paesano’s score is available from Sony Classial.

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