Sunday, September 7, 2014

Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino scores This Is Where I Leave You


Do you remember the absolutely gorgeous score to Up, the heart-rending animated story of Carl, the old man who goes off to South America on a balloon adventure to fulfill the lifelong dream he shared with his wife Ellie? That score earned composer Michael Giachinno an Oscar a few years back. Giachinno is the music man behind many an exciting film and television show - Lost, Jurassic Park, Star Trek, 50/50, Super 8, the upcoming Tomorrowland, and Jupiter Ascending plus a fair amount of animated films, Ratatouille, Cars, Speed Racer. He's also the composer of the score to the upcoming This Is Where I Leave You - making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. At this point I'm not sure how much of the score will be original music and how much will be made up of music by popular recording artists.

For today's Sunday Slacker posting, take a look at the trailer for This Is Where I Leave You and listen to the music underneath; it's the song Home by an indie band called American Authors. It's pretty emotional and powerful and I'm hoping it finds its way into the score but as we all know by now, trailer music and movie scores don't necessarily mesh. 

Following take a look at the fascinating (I think) behind the scenes peek at how Giachinno approached the score to UP, a process I'm sure he brings to all his projects. If it doesn't show up on my site here, click the Watch on YouTube link.






This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Corey Stoll, and Adam Driver.  Directed by Shawn Levy based on This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper who also wrote the screenplay. The movie opens September 12.

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