Christophe Beck

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Christophe Beck
Master class with Christophe Beck (by Canadian File Centre).jpg
Born Jean-Christophe Beck
1968/1969 (age 44–45)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Film score composer, television score composer

Christophe Beck (born Jean-Christophe Beck), also credited as Chris Beck, is a Canadian television and film score composer.

Life and career[edit]

A native of Montreal, Beck graduated from Crescent School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He studied music at Yale University, where he was the music director of the Spizzwinks(?) of 1989 and 1990 and the Whiffenpoofs of 1991. He studied film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he was taught by Jerry Goldsmith among others. He studied and worked under Mike Post for a period, including writing uncredited music on some of Post's series.

He won an Emmy Award in 1998 for his work on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has also worked on Angel and The Practice. His film credits include Starstruck (1998), Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), Bring It On (2000), Confidence (2003), American Wedding (2003), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), Garfield (2004), Elektra (2005), Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), School for Scoundrels, The Pink Panther (2006), We Are Marshall (2006), License to Wed (2007), The Seeker (2007), Fred Claus (2007), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Drillbit Taylor (2008), Phoebe in Wonderland (2008), I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009), The Pink Panther 2 (2009), The Hangover (2009), Waiting for Superman (2010), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Date Night (2010), Tower Heist (2011), The Muppets (2011) and Frozen (2013). He appeared in the documentary Finding Kraftland (2006) for his agent Richard Kraft.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]

Beck was the main composer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer during seasons 2-4. He later returned to compose for the key episodes "The Gift" and "Once More, with Feeling", though he had signed for the musical earlier before his departure, making him obligated. Notable pieces of Beck's work have appeared on various Buffy soundtrack albums:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album
"Close Your Eyes", the Buffy/Angel love theme from "Becoming, Part Two", is included on this release.

Once More, with Feeling
Although Joss Whedon wrote the songs for "Once More, with Feeling", Beck was hired to realise them and provide the score. This album is almost entirely dedicated to this particular episode, but also features three Beck compositions from earlier episodes; "Suite from Restless", "Suite from Hush" and "Sacrifice", from "The Gift".

Radio Sunnydale
The UK and Latin America edition of this album includes "Dead Guys with Bombs", from "The Zeppo".

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score
This release is entirely dedicated to Beck's compositions for the show. Much of the music is from "Graduation Day", "Hush", "Restless" and "The Gift", amongst others. Multiple cues are edited down versions of the original pieces heard on promotional CD's leaked years before.

Filmography[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Title
1996 Past Perfect
1997 Crossworlds
Hostile Intent
Killing Mr. Griffin
The Alarmist
1998 Starstruck
Bone Daddy
Airbone
Dog Park
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black
Guinevere
Thick as Thieves
Coming Soon

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 Big Time Douglas Petrie N/A N/A
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Greg Berlanti Screen Gems N/A
Bring It On Peyton Reed Universal Pictures N/A
2001 Lightmaker Dieter Meier N/A N/A
2002 Slap Her... She's French Melanie Mayron Winchester Films N/A
Big Fat Liar Shawn Levy Universal Pictures N/A
Interstate 60 Bob Gale Samuel Goldwyn Films N/A
Stealing Harvard Bruce McCulloch Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
N/A
The Tuxedo Kevin Donovan DreamWorks Pictures with John Debney
2003 Just Married Shawn Levy 20th Century Fox N/A
The Event Thom Fitzgerald THINKFilm N/A
Confidence James Foley Lionsgate with Dave Crawford
American Wedding Jesse Dylan Universal Pictures N/A
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Sam Weisman Paramount Pictures
Happy Madison
N/A
Under the Tuscan Sun Audrey Wells Touchstone Pictures N/A
Cheaper by the Dozen Shawn Levy 20th Century Fox N/A
2004 Saved! Brian Dannelly United Artists N/A
The Skulls III J. Miles Davis Universal Studios Home Entertainment N/A
Garfield Peter Hewitt 20th Century Fox N/A
A Cinderella Story Mark Rosman Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Little Black Book Nick Hurran Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
N/A
Without a Paddle Steven Brill Paramount Pictures N/A
Taxi Tim Story 20th Century Fox N/A
2005 Elektra Rob Bowman 20th Century Fox N/A
Ice Princess Tim Fywell Walt Disney Pictures N/A
The Perfect Man Mark Rosman Universal Pictures N/A
3 Needles Thom Fitzgerald Covington USA N/A
Two for the Money D.J. Caruso Universal Pictures N/A
Yours, Mine and Ours Raja Gosnell Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Columbia Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
N/A
2006 The Pink Panther Shawn Levy Columbia Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
N/A
The Sentinel Clark Johnson 20th Century Fox N/A
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Tim Hill 20th Century Fox N/A
Zoom Peter Hewitt Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
N/A
We Are Marshall McG Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
School for Scoundrels Todd Phillips The Weinstein Company
Dimension Films
N/A
2007 Year of the Dog Mike White Paramount Vantage N/A
License to Wed Ken Kwapis Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
The Seeker David Loren Cunningham 20th Century Fox
Walden Media
N/A
Fred Claus David Dobkin Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Daniel Barnz THINKFilm N/A
Charlie Bartlett Jon Poll Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
Drillbit Taylor Steven Brill Paramount Pictures N/A
What Happens in Vegas Tom Vaughan 20th Century Fox N/A
2009 The Greatest Shana Feste Barbarian Film Group N/A
The Pink Panther 2 Harald Zwart Columbia Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
N/A
The Hangover Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
I Love You, Beth Cooper Chris Columbus 20th Century Fox
Fox Atomic
N/A
Post Grad Vicky Jenson 20th Century Fox
Fox Atomic
N/A
The Marc Pease Experience Todd Louiso Paramount Vantage N/A
All About Steve Phil Traill 20th Century Fox N/A

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010 Waiting for Superman Davis Guggenheim Paramount Vantage
Walden Media
N/A
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Chris Columbus 20th Century Fox N/A
Hot Tub Time Machine Steve Pink Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
N/A
Date Night Shawn Levy 20th Century Fox N/A
Death at a Funeral Neil LaBute Screen Gems N/A
RED Robert Schwentke Summit Entertainment N/A
Due Date Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Burlesque Steve Antin Screen Gems N/A
2011 Cedar Rapids Miguel Arteta Fox Searchlight Pictures N/A
The Hangover Part II Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Crazy, Stupid, Love. John Requa
Glenn Ficarra
Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Tower Heist Brett Ratner Universal Pictures N/A
The Muppets James Bobin Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2012 This Means War McG 20th Century Fox N/A
The Watch Akiva Schaffer 20th Century Fox N/A
Pitch Perfect Jason Moore Universal Pictures N/A
Paperman John Kahrs Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
short film
The Guilt Trip Anne Fletcher Paramount Pictures N/A
2013 Movie 43 various Relativity Media Segment: "Happy Birthday"
The Hangover Part III Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
The Internship Shawn Levy 20th Century Fox N/A
R.I.P.D. Robert Schwentke Universal Pictures N/A
Runner, Runner Brad Furman 20th Century Fox N/A
Frozen Chris Buck
Jennifer Lee
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
N/A
2014 Endless Love Shana Feste Universal Pictures N/A
Muppets Most Wanted James Bobin Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Edge of Tomorrow Doug Liman Warner Bros. Pictures Replacing Ramin Djawadi
Let's Be Cops Luke Greenfield 20th Century Fox with Jake Monaco
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Miguel Arteta Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Steve Pink Paramount Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
N/A
2015 Cake[2] Daniel Barnz N/A
Peanuts Steve Martino 20th Century Fox
Blue Sky Studios
N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burlingame, Jon (October 25, 2011). "Christophe Beck’s green phase". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2013. "Beck, 42, has scored more than 70 movies in the past 15 years." 
  2. ^ "Christophe Beck Scoring Daniel Barnz’s ‘Cake’". Film Music Reporter. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 

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