Hollywood Studio Symphony

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The Hollywood Studio Symphony is the credited name of the symphony orchestra behind many major soundtracks, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sucker Punch, Jurassic Park 3, Last Samurai, Pirates of the Caribbean, We Are Marshall, Spider-Man 2, Lost and The Bourne Supremacy. Although the name "Hollywood Studio Symphony" may lead listeners to think that it is a conventional symphony orchestra like the London Symphony Orchestra, the actual members of the ensemble are session musicians contracted individually and differ from soundtrack to soundtrack.

Note, the Hollywood Studio Symphony bears no relation to the similarly named Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, which is more akin to a traditional orchestra with a set roster.


Often in soundtracks, the individual members of the orchestra that performs the actual score are not credited (with some exceptions being the "orchestra leader" or concertmaster). Usually, only the "orchestra contractor" is credited.

The use of the "Hollywood Studio Symphony" name is part of a 2002 contract negotiated between the American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to provide an incentive for soundtracks to be recorded with Los Angeles musicians instead of foreign musicians and recording venues (often in London and Prague) who were cheaper. In the new contract, the AFM musicians agreed to lower their record rates in exchange for individual credits to all the musicians that perform the score as well as recognition for the local community venture. Thus, the "Hollywood Studio Symphony" name is given to the entire ensemble in addition to the individual musician credits as a way to brand the LA effort..


Year Title Composer
1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Leigh Harline
1962 Lonely Are the Brave Jerry Goldsmith
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Lionel Newman & Fred Steiner
1968 The Devil's Brigade Alex North
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Jerry Goldsmith
1976 Silver Streak Henry Mancini
1978 Gray Lady Down Jerry Fielding
Big Wednesday Basil Poledouris
Capricorn One Jerry Goldsmith
The Swarm Jerry Goldsmith
Who'll Stop the Rain Laurence Rosenthal
1980 Brubaker Lalo Schifrin
1981 Escape to Victory Bill Conti
1983 WarGames Arthur B. Rubinstein
1985 Back to the Future Alan Silvestri
1987 Innerspace Jerry Goldsmith
The Monster Squad Bruce Broughton
1993 Jack the Bear James Horner
Judgment Night Alan Silvestri
1995 Bad Boys Mark Mancina
1996 Jingle All the Way David Newman
Mars Attacks! Danny Elfman
1997 L.A. Confidential Jerry Goldsmith
2001 Along Came a Spider Jerry Goldsmith
Evolution John Powell
The Princess Diaries John Debney
Rush Hour 2 Lalo Schifrin
I Am Sam John Powell
2002 The Scorpion King John Debney
Ice Age David Newman
The Bourne Identity John Powell
Catch Me If You Can John Williams
2003 Tears of the Sun Hans Zimmer
Identity Alan Silvestri
Bruce Almighty John Debney
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Marco Beltrami
Gigli John Powell
Matchstick Men Hans Zimmer
Scary Movie 3 James L. Venable
2004 Hellboy Marco Beltrami
The Bourne Supremacy John Powell
I, Robot Marco Beltrami
Meet the Fockers Randy Newman
2005 Robots John Powell
The Interpreter James Newton Howard
The Island Steve Jablonsky
The Skeleton Key Edward Shearmur
Flightplan James Horner
The Greatest Game Ever Played Brian Tyler
Zathura: A Space Adventure John Debney
King Kong James Newton Howard
Fun with Dick and Jane Theodore Shapiro
2006 Annapolis Brian Tyler
The Pink Panther Christophe Beck
Freedomland James Newton Howard
The Sentinel Christophe Beck
Mission: Impossible III Michael Giacchino
X-Men: The Last Stand John Powell
The Ant Bully John Debney
World Trade Center Craig Armstrong
Snakes on a Plane Trevor Rabin
The Prestige Hans Zimmer
2007 Transformers Steve Jablonsky
American Gangster Marc Streitenfeld
August Rush Mark Mancina
The Bucket List Marc Shaiman
2008 Horton Hears a Who! John Powell
Stop-Loss John Powell
Nim's Island Patrick Doyle
Standard Operating Procedure Danny Elfman
Speed Racer Michael Giacchino
Get Smart Trevor Rabin
Hancock John Powell
The Spirit David Newman
The Tale of Despereaux William Ross
2009 He's Just Not That into You Cliff Eidelman
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Harry Gregson-Williams
Angels & Demons Hans Zimmer
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Alan Silvestri
Star Trek Michael Giacchino
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs John Powell
Aliens in the Attic John Debney
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Alan Silvestri

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