Giacchino, with his sister, at the 2010 Academy Awards
October 10, 1967
Riverside Township, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||Film and television score composer|
Michael Giacchino (Italian pronunciation: [dʒakˈkiːno]; born October 10, 1967) is an American composer who has composed scores for movies, television series and video games. Some of his most notable works include the scores to television series such as Lost, and Alias and films such as Mission: Impossible III, The Incredibles, Star Trek and Up, for which he won an Academy Award.
Giacchino was born in Riverside Township, New Jersey. Giacchino grew up in Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey and graduated from Holy Cross High School in Delran, New Jersey. He attended the Evening Division at the Juilliard School; as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he acquired a degree in film production and a minor degree in History.
Giacchino's first major composition was for the DreamWorks video game adaptation of the 1997 movie, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The video game was the first PlayStation- (also on Sega Saturn) console title to be recorded with an original live orchestral score. Giacchino has since continued his relationship with DreamWorks, providing full orchestral scores for many of their popular videogames. He also worked with Pandemic studios to create the Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction theme. Giacchino's award-winning compositions covers the first three Medal of Honor series, (Underground, Allied Assault and Frontline, along with the original Medal of Honor), and also the scores for several other World War II-related video games like Secret Weapons Over Normandy, Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Finest Hour. Additionally, Giacchino composed themes for The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, and co-wrote the theme of Black with composer Chris Tilton. He also composed the score for Alias, which was based on the television series of the same name. Recently, Giacchino wrote music for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. Electronic Arts has announced that he has returned to the Medal of Honor franchise as he has composed the music for Medal of Honor: Airborne.
Giacchino's work on the various video games led to his first work on television. In 2001, J.J. Abrams, producer of the television series Alias, discovered Giacchino through his work on the video games and tapped Giacchino to provide the new show's soundtrack. The soundtrack featured a mix of full orchestral pieces, often mixed with upbeat electronic music, a departure from much of his previous work. Giacchino would also provide the score for J.J. Abrams's project, the 2004 television series, Lost, which was an acclaimed soundtrack that used a unique process of using spare pieces of a plane fuselage for the percussions. His score for Lost is notable for a signature thematic motif - a brass fall-off at the end of certain themes. In 2004, Giacchino was given his first big feature film composition, when he was called on to provide the soundtrack for the Pixar film, The Incredibles. Director Brad Bird had heard Giacchino's work on Alias and asked him to work on the soundtrack for the new movie. The upbeat jazz orchestral sound was a departure in sound not only for Giacchino but for Pixar, who had previously relied on the works of Randy and Thomas Newman for all of its films. Brad Bird had originally sought out John Barry, who was best known for composing many of the early James Bond movie soundtracks, to compose the music, but Barry was reportedly unwilling to repeat the styles of his earlier works. Giacchino was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 for his work The Incredibles: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition. Giacchino also composed scores for the 2005 films, Sky High and The Family Stone, and the television movie, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. In addition, he wrote the music for Joseph Barbera's final theatrical Tom and Jerry cartoon: The Karate Guard. Giacchino also composed the score for the movie Mission: Impossible III, directed by J.J. Abrams, which was released on May 5, 2006. Giacchino's next musical achievement was his Paris-inspired score for the Disney-Pixar film, Ratatouille, which includes the theme song, "Le Festin," performed by French artist Camille. He received his first Academy Award nomination for this score. He also created the score for Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film. His latest work is the score for the Pixar motion picture Up—which won him his first Academy Award for Best Original Score—as well as its accompaniment, the Pixar animated-short Partly Cloudy, which he worked on with director Pete Docter marking the first time he has worked with a Pixar director other than Brad Bird.
Giacchino has continued his collaboration with J.J. Abrams. He wrote an homage to Japanese monster scores in an overture titled "ROAR!" which played over the credits of the Abrams-produced monster movie Cloverfield. It was the only original music for the entire film. He is also the composer of the new Abrams show, Fringe.
Giacchino has constantly made references to previous tracks on his scores. For example, there is a track in The Incredibles score called "100 Mile Dash," and the CD with the score from Ratatouille has another track titled "100 Rat Dash." Also, the first Lost album has a track titled "World's Worst Beach Party," the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack has a track titled "World's Worst Last 4 Minutes To Live," and the Speed Racer score has a track titled "World's Worst Road Rage." The second Lost album even has a track titled "World's Worst Landscaping." Inversely, The score for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction has a track titled "World's Best Carpool Lane."
In addition to his long list of soundtracks, in 2005 Giacchino collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland. Giacchino was also contracted by Sarah Vowell, who played character Violet in The Incredibles, to compose the score to the audio version of her book Assassination Vacation.
In 2009 he was asked to conduct the Academy Awards orchestra for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. For this project he rearranged many famous movie themes in different styles, including a 30s Big Band treatment of 'Lawrence of Arabia' and a bossa nova of 'Moon River.'
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|My Brother the Pig||1999|
|The Trouble With Lou||2001|
|The Incredibles||2004||A Pixar Production|
|The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||2005||Television movie|
|The Family Stone||2005|
|Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World||2006|
|Mission: Impossible III||2006||A Bad Robot Production|
|Ratatouille||2007||A Pixar Production|
|Cloverfield||2008||A Bad Robot Production|
|Star Trek||2009||A Bad Robot Production|
|Up||2009||A Pixar Production|
|Land of the Lost||2009|
|Newt||2012||A Pixar Production|
|Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow||1995|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park||1997||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|Chaos Island||1997||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger||1999||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|Warpath: Jurassic Park||1999||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|Medal of Honor||1999||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|Muppet Monster Adventure||2000|
|Medal of Honor: Underground||2000||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|Medal of Honor: Allied Assault||2002||A Dreamworks Interactive Production|
|Medal of Honor: Frontline||2002||An EA Los Angeles Production|
|Call of Duty||2003|
|Secret Weapons Over Normandy||2003|
|Call of Duty: Finest Hour||2004|
|Medal of Honor: Airborne||2007||An EA Los Angeles Production|
|Lost: Via Domus||2008||A Bad Robot Production|
|Turning Point: Fall of Liberty||2008|
|Fracture||2008||Music produced by Michael Giacchino, composed by Chris Tilton and Chad Seiter|
|Alias||2001 - 2006||A Bad Robot Production|
|Lost||2004 - 2010||A Bad Robot Production|
|Six Degrees||2006 - 2007||A Bad Robot Production|
|Fringe||2008 - present||A Bad Robot Production|
|No Salida||1998||Short film|
|String Of The Kite||2003||Short film|
|Space Mountain at Disneyland||2005||Theme Park attraction|
|Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland||2005||Theme Park attraction|
|Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris||2005||Theme Park Attraction|
|The Karate Guard||2005||Short film|
|One Man Band||2005||Short film|
|How to Hook Up Your Home Theater||2007||Short film|
|81st Academy Awards||2009||Awards ceremony, conductor|
|Partly Cloudy||2009||Short film|
|Dug's Special Mission||2009||Short film (edited from Up)|
|Prep and Landing||2009||Christmas Special|