Beltrami at ComicCon 2013
|Birth name||Marco Edward Jonathan Beltrami|
October 7, 1966|
Long Island, New York
Marco Edward Beltrami (born October 7, 1966) is an American film and television composer and conductor, best known for his work scoring horror films such as Scream (1996) and its sequels, Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Resident Evil (2002), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) and 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 for 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker, and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for Soul Surfer (2011). He also scored Guillermo del Toro's 2004 supernatural superhero film Hellboy, the 2013 superhero film The Wolverine and its sequel Logan.
Life and career
Beltrami was born in Long Island, New York, of Italian and Greek descent. 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 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 films 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. 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. Beltrami composed the soundtrack for Pierce Brosnan's 2014 spy film November Man.
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.
Beltrami has worked repeatedly with such directors as Alex Proyas, Len Wiseman, John Moore, Wes Craven, and Guillermo del Toro. 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 "Elvis Presley and the Monster of Soul" (also known as "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 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". "Chinese Democracy" is also the name of a track on Beltrami's score for 3:10 to Yuma.
|The Bicyclist||Short film|
|1998||Halloween H20: 20 Years Later||Composed with John Ottman|
Themes by John Carpenter
|1999||The Minus Man|
|Walking Across Egypt|
|Jonah Hex||Composed with Mastodon|
|My Soul to Take|
|2011||Soul Surfer||Won - Satellite Award for Best Original Score|
|Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Composed with Buck Sanders|
|2012||The Woman in Black||Nominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score|
|Trouble with the Curve|
|2013||Warm Bodies||Composed with Buck Sanders|
|A Good Day to Die Hard||Themes by Michael Kamen|
|Snowpiercer||Nominated - Grand Bell Award for Best Music|
|World War Z||Composed with Muse|
|The November Man|
|2015||The Woman in Black: Angel of Death|
|Fantastic Four||Composed with Philip Glass|
|Hitman: Agent 47||Themes by Jesper Kyd|
|No Escape||Composed with Buck Sanders|
|The Night Before||Composed with Miles Hawkins|
|2016||Gods of Egypt|
|Ben-Hur||Additional Music by Brandon Roberts, As composer and conductor with Mark Graham|
|2017||Logan||Replaced Cliff Martinez Additional music by Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp|
|The Snowman||Replaced Jonny Greenwood Additional music by Miles Hankins, Brandon Roberts, Marcus Trumpp & Dennis Smith|
|2018||A Quiet Place||Additional Music by Miles Hankins, Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp, As composer and conductor with Pete Anthony|
|1995||Land's End||13 episodes|
|1997||Stranger in My Home|
|1998||David and Lisa||Television film|
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
|1999||Deep Water||Television film|
|1999||Tuesdays with Morrie|
|2002||Glory Days||9 episodes|
|2000-2004||The Practice||85 episodes|
|2011||The Sunset Limited||Television film|
|2014–2017||Turn: Washington's Spies||40 episodes|
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- "Marco Beltrami to Score 'The Fantastic Four' Reboot". Film Music Reporter. January 6, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- Clemmensen, Christian. "Marco Beltrami (1966–)". Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- "2002: Chinese Whispers / 2002 / GNR Evolution - Guns N Roses Forum". www.gnrevolution.com.