Geoff Zanelli

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Geoff Zanelli
Born Geoffrey Zanelli
(1974-09-28) 28 September 1974 (age 43)
Westminster, California
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Berklee College of Music
Occupation Composer
Years active 1992-present
Home town Westminster, California
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
Website http://www.geoffzanelli.com

Geoffrey Zanelli or Geoff Zanelli (born September 28, 1974) is an American musician and composer[1] working primarily in the medium of film, television, and video game scores.[2] His early career was notable for scoring additional music on roughly 30 film scores written by Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams and Steve Jablonsky including several blockbuster films. He has since moved on to more solo work.

Aside from film and television scores, Zanelli also works with recording artists, writing arrangements for Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Robbie Williams, The Webb Sisters, Mest and Story of the Year. He is credited as a guitarist/bassist/synthsist on the song "I'm Not Dead" from recording artist Pink.[3] He is the recipient of a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special.

Life and work[edit]

Zanelli is from Westminster, California, and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.[4][5] Zanelli began his musical career as a guitar player and songwriter for local acts in Southern California. While attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music on scholarship, Zanelli dual majored in Film Scoring and Music Production/Engineering. He was the recipient of both the Doug Timm Award in recognition of his film scoring work and the Music Production and Engineering Scholar Award.[6]

In 1994, Hans Zimmer met Zanelli. Believing him to be a promising young talent, Zimmer invited him to Los Angeles to join his group of film composers. Zanelli earned a reputation as a workhorse while working as an engineer on the debut album from Goldfinger as well as Zimmer's Oscar Award-nominated score for The Preacher's Wife.

Zanelli's experience and desire to collaborate led him to work with British composer John Powell on his first Hollywood feature, Face/Off. Throughout the following years he built the foundation for his scoring career, composing with Powell, Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams and Steve Jablonsky on many feature films, including: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,[7] Rango[8] and the Golden Globe-nominated scores for The Last Samurai[9] and Pearl Harbor.[10][11]

One of his earliest solo works, Steven Spielberg's miniseries Into The West, earned him an Emmy.[12] In approximately one year, Zanelli scored the films Disturbia, Hitman, Outlander, Delgo, Ghost Town and Gamer. Harking back to his days as a songwriter, he co-wrote the song "Don't Make Me Wait" for Disturbia. He currently writes at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions.[13]

In early 2013, influential film blog Ain't It Cool News called his score for The Odd Life Of Timothy Green the best score of 2012.[14] In 2017, he composed the score to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, picking up the mantle from long-time series composer Hans Zimmer.

Filmography[edit]

Film scores[edit]

As main composer[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2004 House of D David Duchovny N/A
Secret Window David Koepp Composed with Philip Glass
2007 Hitman Xavier Gens N/A
Disturbia D. J. Caruso N/A
2008 Delgo Marc F. Adler
Jason Maurer
N/A
Outlander Howard McCain N/A
Ghost Town David Koepp N/A
2009 Gamer Neveldine/Taylor N/A
2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Rob Hedden N/A
Beneath the Darkness Martin Guigui N/A
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Peter Hedges N/A
2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens David Rodriguez N/A
Louder Than Words Anthony Fabian N/A
2014 School Dance Nick Cannon N/A
2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Mike Elliott N/A
Mortdecai David Koepp N/A
No Stranger Than Love Nick Wernham N/A
2016 Masterminds Jared Hess N/A
2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant Joseph Ruben N/A
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Joachim Rønning
Espen Sandberg
N/A

As composer of additional music[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1997 Face/Off John Woo Main score composed by John Powell
1998 Antz Eric Darnell

Tim Johnson

with Gavin Greenaway & Steve Jablonsky

Main score composed by John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams

1999 Endurance Leslie Woodhead

Bud Greenspan

Main score composed by John Powell
1999 Chill Factor Hugh Johnson with Klaus Badelt, James S. Levine, James McKee Smith, & Jeff Rona

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer and John Powell

2000 The Road to El Dorado Don Paul

Bibo Bergeron

Jeffrey Katzenberg

with Klaus Badelt & James McKee Smith

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer and John Powell

2000 Chicken Run Peter Lord

Nick Park

with James McKee Smith, Steve Jablonsky, & Gavin Greenaway

Main score composed by John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams

2000 Hannibal Ridley Scott with James Dooley

Score composed by Hans Zimmer

2001 Just Visiting Jean-Marie Poiré with James McKee Smith & Nick Glennie-Smith

Main score composed by John Powell

2001 Pearl Harbor Michael Bay with Klaus Badelt, James S. Levine, Steve Jablonsky, Martin Tillman, Chris Ward & Fiachra Trench

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2002 Eye See You James Gillespie with William Ross, James McKee Smith & Nick Glennie-Smith

Main score composed by John Powell

2002 The Time Machine Simon Wells

Gore Verbinski

Main score composed by Klaus Badelt
2002 Passionada Dan Ireland with Justin Caine Burnett & Heitor Pereira

Main score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams

2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Kathryn Bigelow with Ramin Djawadi, David Alexander & Robert Elhai

Main score composed by Klaus Badelt

2002 Equilibrium Kurt Wimmer with Ramin Djawadi

Main score composed by Klaus Badelt

2003 Ned Kelly Gregor Jordan with Ramin Djawadi & Craig Braginsky

Main score composed by Klaus Badelt & Bernard Fanning

2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl[15] Gore Verbinski with Blake Neely, Ramin Djawadi, Steve Jablonsky, Craig Eastman, Trevor Morris, Nick Glennie-Smith, James McKee Smith & Jim Dooley

Main score composed by Klaus Badelt & Hans Zimmer

2003 Veronica Guerin Joel Schumacher with Toby Chu & Michael A. Levine

Main score composed with Harry Gregson-Williams

2003 Matchstick Men Ridley Scott Main score composed by Hans Zimmer
2003 The Last Samurai[16] Edward Zwick with Trevor Morris & Blake Neely

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2004 Catwoman Pitof with Tom Holkenborg, Blake Neely & Ian Honeyman

Main score composed by Klaus Badelt

2004 Shark Tale Vicky Jenson

Bibo Bergeson

Rob Letterman

with Tom Holkenborg

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gore Verbinski with Lorne Balfe, Tom Grie, Nick Glennie-Smith, Henry Jackman, Trevor Morris, & Bruce Fowler

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Gore Verbinski with Lorne Balfe, Tom Grie, Nick Glennie-Smith, Heitor Pereira & Atli Örvarsson

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Eric Darnell

Tom McGrath

with Lorne Balfe, James Dooley & Tom Holkenborg

Main score composed by Heitor Pereira, Will.i.am & Hans Zimmer

2009 Angels & Demons Ron Howard with Lorne Balfe & Atli Örvarsson

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2010 Clash of the Titans Louis Leterrier with Dominic Lewis, Neil Davidge, Bobby Tahouri, Noah Sorota & Satnam Ramgotra

Main score composed by Ramin Djawadi

2011 Rango Gore Verbinski with Lorne Balfe, Tom Grie, Heitor Pereira, Adam Peters, Dominic Lewis, & John Sponsler
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Rob Marshall with Eric Whitacre, John Sponsler, Matthew Margeson, Tom Grie, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Guillaume Roussel & Jacob Shea

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2013 The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski with Rupert Gregson-Williams, Andrew Kawczynski, Lorne Balfe, Steve Mazzaro & Jasha Klebe

Main score composed by Hans Zimmer

Television scores[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 Teen Angel 14 episodes

with Jeff Rona

2000 Fear 2 episodes
2000-03 SportsCentury 8 episodes
2002 National Geographic Explorer 1 episode
2002 Live from Baghdad Television film

with Steve Jablonsky

2003 Threat Matrix 1 episode
2005 Into the West Miniseries

Won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special

2010 The Pacific Miniseries

with Blake Neely & Hans Zimmer

Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special

2013 Christmas in Conway Television film
2013 Killing Kennedy Television film

Video game scores[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 Champions of Norrath N/A
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized N/A
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Nintendo DS version
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Nintendo DS version
2017 Star Citizen N/A

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geoff Zanelli - Official Website for the Emmy Award-winning Composer". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Biography - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  3. ^ "P!nk - I'm Not Dead". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Geoff Zanelli | Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Geoff Zanelli | Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Biography - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  8. ^ "Rango - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  9. ^ "The Last Samurai - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  10. ^ "Pearl Harbor - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  11. ^ "Biography - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Into the West - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  13. ^ "Biography - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  14. ^ "AIN'T IT COOL NEWS' SCOREKEEPER names 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' best film score of 2012 - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  15. ^ "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  16. ^ "The Last Samurai - Geoff Zanelli". Geoff Zanelli. Retrieved 2017-07-11.