Marco Beltrami

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Marco Beltrami
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Beltrami at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth nameMarco Edward Beltrami
Born(1966-10-07) 7 October 1966 (age 47)
Long Island, New York
Years active1994 - present
 
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Marco Beltrami
Marco Beltrami.JPG
Beltrami at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth nameMarco Edward Beltrami
Born(1966-10-07) 7 October 1966 (age 47)
Long Island, New York
Years active1994 - present

Marco Edward Beltrami (born October 7, 1966) is an American film composer best known for his work scoring horror films such as Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Resident Evil (2002), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011), The Woman in Black (2012). A long-time friend and collaborator of Wes Craven, Beltrami has scored seven of the director's films including all four films in the Scream franchise (1996-2011). Beltrami has been nominated for two Academy Awards and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for Soul Surfer (2011).

Life and career[edit]

Beltrami was born in Long Island, New York, of Italian and Greek descent.[1] He attended Ward Melville High School, and afterwards, graduated from Brown University and studied at the Yale School of Music, and then moved west to the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied under legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith.

A few classical commissions and USC student films aside, Beltrami scored his first movie feature in 1994, the thriller Death Match for director Joe Coppolletta, and reached a higher level of public acclaim in 1996 when he wrote the score for Wes Craven's smash hit shocker Scream. Since then, Beltrami has become firmly entrenched as a composer of choice for the horror/thriller and action genre, with the Scream sequels and hit movies such as Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Angel Eyes (2001), Joy Ride (2001), Resident Evil (2002), which he co-composed with Marilyn Manson), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), I, Robot (2004) and Red Eye (2005) featuring prominently in his resume. Apart from horror/thriller and action, he also scores certain independent films such as The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score for the film David and Lisa in 1998, indicating a desire to spread his musical wings beyond the bounds of his genre pigeonholing. He has composed the recent entries in the Die Hard saga, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, taking over from Michael Kamen from whom Beltrami used some of the original themes from the previous three films due to Kamen's death in 2003. Beltrami earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on James Mangold's acclaimed 2007 western remake, 3:10 to Yuma. Despite having met a mixed critical response, he was also nominated, alongside Buck Sanders, for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score for his score to The Hurt Locker.[2] In 2011, he was met with critical praise and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for his score to the drama film Soul Surfer.[3] On 3rd December 2013, it was announced that Beltrami will be composing the soundtrack for Pierce Brosnan's spy movie called November Man, set to be released sometime in 2014.[4]

Beltrami's signature style is based around highly percussive texture. He often employs both traditional percussive instruments like bass drums, as well as violins and brass instruments, forming layers of hits and stabs.

Collaborations[edit]

Beltrami has worked repeatedly with such directors as Len Wiseman, John Moore, Wes Craven, and Guillermo del Toro.[5] He has also worked with other musicians, including Marilyn Manson (for Resident Evil).

It was reported in October 2002 on Beltrami's official website that he had worked on orchestral arrangements for Thyme, The General and Leave Me Alone from the then-unreleased Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy. While none of those tracks appear on the final track listing of the album, they were confirmed as being recorded during the sessions with a possible chance of release in the future. However, he was credited officially for providing arrangements on Street Of Dreams, Madagascar, There Was A Time, This I Love and Prostitute. As a sidenote, 'Chinese Democracy' is also the name of a track on Beltrami's score for 3:10 to Yuma.

Discography[edit]

Films[edit]

1990s[edit]

YearTitleNotes
1994Death Match
1995The Whispering
The BicyclistShort film
1996InhumanoidTelevision film
Scream
1997Stranger in My HomeTelevision film
Mimic
Scream 2
1998Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterUncredited
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David and LisaTelevision film
The Faculty
1999The Minus Man
Dybt vandTelevision film
The FlorentineTelevision film
Tuesdays with MorrieTelevision film
Walking Across Egypt

2000s[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2000Goodbye Casanova
The Crow: Salvation
Scream 3
The Incorporated
The Watcher
Highway 395
Dracula 2000
2001Angel Eyes
Joy Ride
2002The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
I Am Dina
Resident EvilShared with Marilyn Manson
Blade II
2003Dracula II: AscensionDirect-to-video
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
2004Hellboy
I, Robot
Flight of the Phoenix
2005Cursed
xXx: State of the Union
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Red Eye
2006Underworld: Evolution
The Omen
2007Captivity
The Substitute
The Invisible
3:10 to YumaNominated - Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year
Live Free or Die Hard
2008The Eye
Amusement
Max Payne
MesrineOnly Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One
2009In the Electric Mist
The Hurt LockerNominated - Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Composer
Knowing

2010s[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2010Repo Men
Jonah HexShared with Mastodon
My Soul to Take
2011The Sunset LimitedTelevision film
Soul SurferSatellite Award for Best Original Score
Scream 4
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
The Thing
2012The Woman in Black
Trouble with the Curve
The Sessions
2013Warm Bodies
A Good Day to Die Hard
Snowpiercer
World War Z
The Wolverine
Carriereplacing John Powell
The Homesman
2014November Man
2016Gods Of Egypt

Television[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2009–2011V22 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scoretrack.net/beltrami.html
  2. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (19 February 2010). "The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami)". Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (7 July 2011). "Soul Surfer (Marco Beltrami)". Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Marco Beltrami Scoring ‘November Man’". Film Music Reporter. December 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Clemmensen, Christian. "Marco Beltrami (1966-)". Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 

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