Composing : Jurassic World Composer on John Williams - Making the New Music His Own by Brandi Thomas

Brandi Thomas

Jurassic World Composer on John Williams - Making the New Music His Own

Hey everyone! Here's an article where Michael Giacchino talks about scoring Jurassic World. What do you guys think about someone other than Williams scoring this film? http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/01/jurassic-world-score-michael-giacchino

'Jurassic World' composer on John Williams, making the new music his own
'Jurassic World' composer on John Williams, making the new music his own
John Williams' Jurassic Park score is just as remarkable and memorable as the dinosaurs at the center of Steven Spielberg's...
Matt Milne

I think someone far less talented than Williams, should not have been allowed to do it. If they want something genuinely powerful and moving, they need to look farther afield for some real talent.

Brian Gaber

Brandi, Thanks for sharing. Do we know why John Williams isn't doing the score?

Brandi Thomas

Hi Professor Gaber! I haven't found an article that explains why John Williams didn't score Jurassic World. Maybe because it's a spinoff of Jurassic Park they wanted something new/different? What do you guys think?.

Brandi Thomas

Matt - Who would you have liked to see score it?

Brian Gaber

Brandi, I think it is at least as likely that John Williams turned it down as it is that Colin Trevorrow wanted a new composer. Maybe this information is out there but I haven't seen it.

Brandi Thomas

I'll keep a look out for info on it. Could very well be that the Maestro just said no.

Matt Milne

Williams, zimmer, newman, shore, take your pick.

Brandi Thomas

Hey Matt! Are you saying they're all the same or...?

Matt Milne

i'm saying they'd all provide a wonderful score.

Brandi Thomas

This is true!

Samuel Estes

There are several worthy successors to JW - Kevin Kinner, Gordy Haab, just to name a couple.

Matt Milne

the big problem as I see it is that John is a fantastic all rounder: melody, harmony, orchestration and narrative techniques are all consistent at best-quality. That's a rare skill set to have across the board. most composers i've heard are great at one or 2 aspects, or can do one or two awesome tracks, but not at scoring the film as a whole. Like Goldsmith and Horner, he's an impossible act to follow.

Laurent Detaille

I am still shocked that he didn't score the movie. I know he was already working on Star Wars and he's not as young as he used to be anymore, but still. To me, part of what made Jurassic Park so great was the music, the score was really determinant of the whole atmosphere of the movie. After watching Jurassic World, I remember feeling like this was just another empty blockbuster, with nothing left of the magical Spielberg-Williams duo.

Matt Milne

Imo, if you leave the theatre feeling hollow and dejected, the composer didn't know what they were doing. I haven't seen Jurassic World yet, but by the sounds of it, it was mediocre, alas.

Samuel Estes

I wouldn't (in general) place much blame on the composer (as Michael Giacchino is a very good composer) - often blame can be placed on the film makers, time constrictions, and many, many other factors.

Bryan Atkinson

Thank you for posting!

Matt Milne

Given that a score can be digitally produced for virtually no cost, and in a handful of days, time and budget constraints are imo, irrelevant. As far as I'm concerned the composer is responsible for: pacing, story telling, drawing the audience to the film, and vice versa, general audience investment in plot and characters, gaining and holding their attention, mood, atmosphere, action (part of pacing), wonderment and the overall narrative. If there is a deficit in any of these areas, the composer should bear the brunt of it, the producer and editor bearing a similar burden of responsibility.

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