Marco Beltrami

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Marco Beltrami
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Beltrami at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth name Marco Edward Beltrami
Born (1966-10-07) 7 October 1966 (age 47)
Long Island, New York
Years active 1994–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]

Year Title Notes
1994 Death Match
1995 The Whispering
The Bicyclist Short film
1996 Inhumanoid Television film
Scream
1997 Stranger in My Home Television film
Mimic
Scream 2
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Uncredited
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David and Lisa Television film
The Faculty
1999 The Minus Man
Dybt vand Television film
The Florentine Television film
Tuesdays with Morrie Television film
Walking Across Egypt

2000s[edit]

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

2010s[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Repo Men
Jonah Hex Shared with Mastodon
My Soul to Take
2011 The Sunset Limited Television film
Soul Surfer Satellite Award for Best Original Score
Scream 4
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
The Thing
2012 The Woman in Black
Trouble with the Curve
The Sessions
2013 Warm Bodies
A Good Day to Die Hard
Snowpiercer
World War Z
The Wolverine
Carrie replacing John Powell
The Homesman
2014 The Giver
The November Man
The Drop
2015 True Story
Seventh Son Replaced A. R. Rahman and Tuomas Kantelinen
The Coup
2016 Gods of Egypt Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009–2011 V 22 episodes
2014–present Turn: Washington's Spies 10 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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