at San Diego House of Blues 2009
February 17, 1979 |
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Labels||La La Land Records|
Bear McCreary (born 17 February 1979) is an American composer and musician living in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series and for the TV series The Walking Dead.
McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington. He is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii. He is of Irish and Armenian descent. He studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein at the USC Thornton School of Music, during which time he reconstructed and re-orchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun. Their collaboration allowed for the complete score to be available as a soundtrack album for the first time in forty years.
McCreary earned degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, and is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist.
McCreary is married to singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough, with whom he worked on the music of Battlestar Galactica.
|2007-2012||Eureka||Took over from Mutato Muzika starting with the second season of the show in 2007|
|2008-2009||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles|
|2010||Human Target||Nominated for an Emmy for the Main Title|
|2010–present||The Walking Dead||Based on the comic book series. AMC original series.|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome||10-Episode Web Series released on machinima.com|
|2013||Defiance||SyFy Original Series|
|Da Vinci's Demons||Starz Original Series|
Battlestar Galactica and Caprica 
In 2003, McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the 3-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica. When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, six Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim and commercial success. The soundtracks for season two and three ranked amongst Amazon.com's Top 30 Music Sales on their first days of release.
McCreary composed for Caprica, a prequel series set in the fictional Battlestar Galactica universe. On February 18, 2012, Bear announced that he will compose the score to the 2-hour pilot movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.
Human Target 
Bear provided the score for the series Human Target (based on the comic book of the same name). The pilot episode and main theme score had been recorded with a full orchestra. The series has the distinction of being one of the few with largest orchestras on television.
The score to the finale of season 1, "Christopher Chance", utilized the largest orchestra ever assembled for episodic television, and he took the opportunity to re-record the main title theme with a new orchestration with this larger ensemble.
In July 2010, he received his first Emmy nomination for the Human Target theme.
In a post on his blog on July 25, 2010, Bear announced the new creative leadership brought in for season 2 had not asked him to return for it, and he would be leaving the series.
The Walking Dead and The Cape 
Feature Films 
|2006||Rest Stop||Direct to DVD feature|
|2007||Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||Direct to DVD feature|
|2009||Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||Direct to DVD feature|
|2010||Step Up 3D||Theatrical Film Scoring Debut|
|2011||Chillerama||Scored the segment "Zom-B Movie"|
|2013||Europa Report||In Post-Production|
|2013||Knights of Badassdom||In Post-Production|
|2013||Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie||In Post-Production|
Bear McCreary made his theatrical feature film scoring debut with Step Up 3D. He has also composed the scores for several direct-to-DVD features, including Rest Stop, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.
Video games 
|2010||Dark Void||Capcom titled video game for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC|
|2011||SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||made for PS3|
|2011||Moon Breakers||Free, online game developed by Imba Entertainment and published by Uber Entertainment|
|2013||Defiance||MMO Game produced in conjunction with the upcoming TV show of the same name on SyFy. Produced in collaboration with Trion Worlds.|
McCreary made an 8-bit rendition of the Dark Void theme, which was, originally, an April Fools joke. However, the theme was used for the 8-bit prequel, Dark Void Zero. He composed all the songs in an 8-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.
|Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries||Television Soundtrack||16 March 2004||26||Credited for 8 tracks|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season One||Television Soundtrack||21 June 2005||30|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season Two||Television Soundtrack||20 June 2006||23|
|Rest Stop||Motion Picture Soundtrack||12 December 2006||17|
|Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||Motion Picture Soundtrack||18 September 2007||16|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season Three||Television Soundtrack||23 October 2007||21|
|Eureka||Television Soundtrack||26 August 2008||28|
|Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||Motion Picture Soundtrack||21 October 2008||20|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Television Soundtrack||16 December 2008||24|
|Caprica||Television Soundtrack||16 June 2009||18|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season Four||Television Soundtrack||28 July 2009||34||2-disc edition|
|Dark Void||Video Game Soundtrack||9 February 2010||27|
|Battlestar Galactica: Razor/The Plan||Motion Picture Soundtrack||23 February 2010||19|
|Human Target||Television Soundtrack||19 October 2010||63||3-disc limited edition (2000 copies) CD album, 2-disc online edition|
|SOCOM 4||Video Game Soundtrack||12 April 2011||19||iTunes Release, On May 10 a 2-Disc album with expanded track listing was released|
|Play For Japan: The Album||Charity Album||May 2011||18||McCreary contributed track 3, Maverick Regeneration from SOCOM 4|
|The Cape||Television Soundtrack||27 September 2011||49||Preview of tracks posted on Bear McCreary's blog|
|Moon Breakers||Video Game Soundtrack||19 June 2012||4|
|A Very Eureka Christmas||Television Soundtrack||20 Nov 2012||15||Released by Back Lot Music|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome||Television Soundtrack||12 March 2013||18|
|Defiance||Video Game Soundtrack||2 April 2013||24||The first record released on Bear McCreary's record label Sparks and Shadows|
|Da Vinci's Demons||Television Soundtrack||Announced|
|Europa Report||Motion Picture Soundtrack||Announced|
- "Bear McCreary: Biography". Bear McCreary's Official Site. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
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- "Bear McCreary – Official site". Bearmccreary.com. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- Alan Sepinwall (2008-06-22). "Sepinwall on TV: Michael Giacchino and Bear McCreary, score keepers". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
- Maureen Ryan (2008-06-16). "'Battlestar Galactica' provides some Earth-shattering 'Revelations'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
- McCreary, Bear (July 25, 2009). "Human Target Screens Today". Bear McCreary's Blog. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- Burlingame, Jon (2010-07-08). "Emmy Music Nominations Announced". Film Music Society. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- I Am Leaving “Human Target”
- Comic Con 2010: The Cape Casts a Mighty Shadow
- 'Walking Dead' reveals trailer, taps Bear McCreary as composer
- Yamato, Jen (2010-07-02). "Exclusive: 'Step Up 3D' Billboard Art Premiere!". Cinematical. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
- "Bear McCreary – Official site". Bearmccreary.com. 2003-12-02. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- Official Bear McCreary Website
- Bear McCreary's YouTube Channel
- Bear McCreary at the Internet Movie Database
- Audio Interview on GeeksOn!