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Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino is riding high on his road to the Oscars with his score for Up. There are some new pre-Oscar interviews with the composer where he talks about Oscar and a little about the Star Trek sequel as well, see excerpts and video below.
Giacchino on Star Trek sequel
In a pre-Oscar interview with CNN focusing on Up, Michael Giacchino also talked a bit about the Star Trek sequel, here is an excerpt:
After the series finale of "Lost," Giacchino hopes to focus more on film work. One of the projects will undoubtedly be the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ "Star Trek."
Might he be willing to work in a distinct theme or two from the original "Star Trek" series?
"I don’t know. It’s hard to say," he says. "I guess it would depend on the story, and if the story allowed even for a wink to something like that, sure. There’s so much great music that came out of the original series that would be fun for me to play with."
Giacchino on Oscar, Up, Lost & Juggling Jobs (including Star Trek)
Michael Giacchino has won all the important pre-Oscar awards for his Up score, including the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Grammys and various critics groups awards. He is going into the Oscars as a clear front-runner. In an interview with CNN, the composer explains how his approach to music is different (or just old-school):
There’s a lot of filmmakers who prefer to have just mood music and that’s fine, it’s not to say it’s wrong," he says. "But for me, again, I kind of just draw from my childhood, … really distinct scores like Jerry Goldsmith used to do — Max Steiner, John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein: These guys created these melodies that one by one you listen to and you go, ‘Oh my God, that brings me back to [a memory].’ They’re like the pop songs of their genre.
Here is some video from CNN as well, where Giacchino talks about his Up score:
And in another interview with New York Magazine, Giacchino talks about Lost, Up and how he had to juggle so much work last year, including Star Trek. Here is an excerpt:
Were you working on Up at the same time as Lost?
Well , there was a time when I was working on Land of the Lost, Star Trek, Up, Lost, and a documentary called Earth Days all at the same time. It was the busiest time I’ve ever had, and so it’s all about organization and scheduling. It was somewhat of a nightmare, but if I concentrate on the story and the characters for each, I’m in good shape.
Do you have a favorite character to write for?
Locke’s definitely a favorite. I love to write for Kate, as well; there’s something very Alfred Hitchcock about that character. For a composer, the show’s like going to a candy store. They allow me to do whatever I want, and I write some really bizarre music you wouldn’t normally hear on a television show.