Teddy Castellucci scores Just My Luck

This week composer Teddy Castellucci was at Fox, recording his score to the Lindsay Lohan comedy, Just My Luck. Directed by Donal Petrie (Welcome to Mooseport, Miss Congeniality), the film is about a young lady (Lohan) who is the luckiest woman around – until she meets not-so-lucky Jake (Chris Pine), and their lucks swap. Obviously this is a comedy, and …

"Invasion" of the orchestral television score

More and more, television shows are turning away from the synth electronic underscore approach, and utilizing living orchestras. While animated shows like "The Simpsons", "Family Guy" and "King of the Hill" have constantly used live orchestra, it was the rare television show, such as "Star Trek: Enterprise" and "Lost" that used live orchestra, above and beyond the occasional soloist to …

The Family Stone scores with Giacchino

This week, super-busy composer Michael Giacchino and his team are at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox, recording his score to the holiday romantic-comedy, The Family Stone. The ensemble film, written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, stars Craig T. Nelson, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, and many more. Giacchino’s score is wide-ranging, …

Giacchino Scores a New Tom and Jerry

Everyone’s favorite cat-and-mouse duo, Tom and Jerry, are back in a new animated short film called "The Karateguard". Produced by legendary animator Joseph Barbera, and directed by Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt of "Duck Dodgers" fame, the short film retains the original look and feel of the 1940s "Tom and Jerry" animated shorts. For the past few years, the film …

Brian Tyler scores Annapolis

Brian Tyler returned to the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Brothers Studios this week, to conduct his score to next year’s drama, Annapolis. The story is about a young man (James Franco) with a troubled background who attends the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and takes up boxing. Described as “Officer and a Gentleman meets Rocky“, the film’s dramatic and emotional …

Bruce Broughton scores Bambi II

This week at 20th Century Fox’s Newman Scoring Stage, award-winning composer Bruce Broughton is recording his score for the sequel to one of the most beloved Disney animation classics: Bambi. Currently titled Bambi II, the direct-to-video film features a full-orchestral score, and a few original songs and even a few songs from the original Bambi. Broughton’s musical style is a …

Bear McCreary scores pivotal "Battlestar Galactica" episode

Tucked away at a small recording studio at Citrus College in the Inland Empire east of Los Angeles, composer Bear McCreary took up the baton today, and conducted a string session for a pivotal episode in the highly anticipated second season of the hit Sci-Fi Channel series, “Battlestar Galactica”. The score for the series has been primarily synthesized, with solo …

John Debney scores Zathura

This week, composer John Debney is at the 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage, reunited with Elf director Jon Favreau for the children’s sci-fi adventure, Zathura. A large 94-piece orchestra filled the stage, as Debney conducted them through some exciting action cues that, when the choir is recorded later next week, will crank up the excitement level. Zathura will hit …

John Debney scores Dreamer

Composer John Debney has been very busy lately. Once he returned from Rome, where he conducted the Passion of the Christ symphony concert, he dove head-first into two films which he had been working on. The first, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is a heartwarming DreamWorks film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, about a horse trainer and his …

James Horner scores Flightplan

Today James Horner took to the conductor’s podium at the Todd-AO Scoring Stage, and led a 95-piece orchestra playing his score to Flightplan. Directed by Robert Schwentke, this “claustrophobic” thriller starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard takes place on an airplane, where Foster’s child vanishes – and nobody admits that she was ever on the plane. The orchestra included five …