Marco Edward Beltrami (born October 7, 1966) is an American film composer best known for his work scoring horror films such as (1997), Mimic (1998), The Faculty (2002), Resident Evil (2011), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2012). A long-time friend and collaborator of The Woman in Black Wes Craven, Beltrami has scored seven of the director's films including all four films in the franchise (1996–2011). Beltrami has been nominated for two Scream Academy Awards for and 3:10 to Yuma , and won a The Hurt Locker Satellite Award for Best Original Score for (2011). Soul Surfer
Life and career [ edit ]
Beltrami was born in
Long Island, New York, of Italian and Greek descent. He attended Ward Melville High School, and afterwards, graduated from [1 ] 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 . 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 Scream (1997), Mimic (1998), The Faculty (2001), Angel Eyes (2001), Joy Ride (2002), which he co-composed with Resident Evil Marilyn Manson), (2002), Blade II (2004), Hellboy (2004) and I, Robot (2005) featuring prominently in his resume. Apart from horror/thriller and action, he also scores certain Red Eye independent films such as and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Tommy Lee Jones' . He was nominated for an The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada Emmy Award for his score for the film 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 David and Lisa saga, Die Hard and Live Free or Die Hard , taking over from A Good Day to Die Hard 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, . Despite having met a mixed critical response, he was also nominated, alongside Buck Sanders, for the 3:10 to Yuma 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 [2 ] Satellite Award for Best Original Score for his score to the drama film . Soul Surfer On 3rd December 2013, it was announced that Beltrami will be composing the soundtrack for [3 ] Pierce Brosnan's spy film called , set to be released sometime in 2014. November Man [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
Alex Proyas, Len Wiseman, John Moore, Wes Craven, and Guillermo del Toro. He has also worked with other musicians, including [5 ] 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 . 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 Chinese Democracy 3:10 to Yuma.
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