Steve Jablonsky

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Steve Jablonsky
Born (1970-10-09) October 9, 1970 (age 48)
GenresFilm score, video game score, Epic music, post-rock, alternative rock, electronic, classical
Occupation(s)Film composer, video game composer
InstrumentsPiano, guitar, percussion
Years active1997–present
Associated actsRemote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer, Trevor Rabin, Harry Gregson-Williams, Trevor Morris, Linkin Park, Explosions in the Sky, Imagine Dragons

Steve Jablonsky (born October 9, 1970) is an American composer for film, television and video games, best known for his musical scores in the Transformers film series.[1] Some of his frequent collaboration partners include film directors Michael Bay and Peter Berg, and fellow composer Hans Zimmer.

Early life[edit]

Jablonsky went to the University of California, Berkeley for college. He studied computer science at the beginning, but switched to music composition a year later.[2] After graduation, he became an intern at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions, after cold calling the studio to ask if they needed any help.[3] During that time, Jablonsky met Harry Gregson-Williams, a fellow composer of Zimmer, and started working as his assistant. Later he became more engaged with Zimmer and started composing for works such as Desperate Housewives and the Transformers film series.[4]

Career[edit]

Jablonsky has composed the soundtracks to the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Steamboy (2004), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), D-War (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Battleship (2012), Ender's Game (2013) (replacing renowned film composer James Horner), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). He was also a contributor on Team America: World Police (2004) among many others. In addition, he helped compose some of the music to the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and composed the theme music for BBC's Seven Wonders of the Industrial World in 2003. He also has written music for the television show Desperate Housewives (2004 - 2012) since the fourth episode. His track "Trailblazing" served as the opening theme for WrestleMania X8 and WrestleMania XIX, as well at the soundtrack to the TNA Hall of Fame induction of Sting.

Jablonsky also wrote the music for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, taking the place of the former Command & Conquer music composer Frank Klepacki, who was unable to write the game's score due to his involvement with Universe at War: Earth Assault.

Jablonsky has worked for Harry Gregson-Williams at Media Ventures, the music production company which was conceived and founded by Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer, for seven years. His most recent projects include the scores for the South Korean film D-War, Gears of War 3 for the Xbox 360 gaming console, and music for The Sims 3.

Currently, Jablonsky is employed at Zimmer's studio, Remote Control Productions, having been mentored by the company's members Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith, as well as former members Harry Gregson-Williams and Klaus Badelt.

In February 2015, Jablonsky was hired to compose the score for the film The Last Witch Hunter.[5] He also composed the soundtrack for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the 2016 Peter Berg film Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Director Additional Music Studio / Developer Notes
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Bille August Fox Searchlight Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and Hans Zimmer
Deceiver Jonas Pate
Josh Pate
N/A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
1998 Border to Border Thomas Whelan N/A Stage 15 Productions N/A
Armageddon Michael Bay
Touchstone Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Trevor Rabin
Antz Eric Darnell
Tim Johnson
DreamWorks Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell
1999 Light It Up Craig Bolotin
  • P.J. Hanke
  • Steve Jablonsky
20th Century Fox Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
2000 The Tigger Movie Jun Falkenstein
Walt Disney Pictures
The Magic of Marciano Tony Barbieri N/A Cape Atlantic Productions
Chicken Run Peter Lord
Nick Park
  • James McKee Smith
  • Geoff Zanelli
  • Gavin Greenaway
  • Steve Jablonsky
DreamWorks Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell
2001 Pearl Harbor Michael Bay
Touchstone Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Hans Zimmer
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Kelly Asbury
Lorna Cook
DreamWorks Pictures
2003 Tears of the Sun Antoine Fuqua
Columbia Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Lisa Gerrard and Hans Zimmer
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Gore Verbinski
Walt Disney Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer
Bad Boys II Michael Bay
Columbia Pictures Additional score only
Score composed by Trevor Rabin
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Marcus Nispel Jay Flood New Line Cinema Scoring debut
2004 Steamboy Katsuhiro Otomo N/A Sony Pictures Entertainment N/A
Team America: World Police Trey Parker
Paramount Pictures Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
2005 The Amityville Horror Andrew Douglas
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
The Island Michael Bay
  • Ramin Djawadi
  • Clay Duncan
  • Trevor Morris
  • Blake Neely
Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Jonathan Liebesman Jay Flood New Line Cinema N/A
2007 The Hitcher Dave Meyers
Rogue Pictures Incidental music by Holeg Spies
Transformers Michael Bay
Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
D-War Shim Hyung-rae Jay Flood Freestyle Releasing N/A
2009 Friday the 13th Marcus Nispel
New Line Cinema
Paramount Pictures
N/A
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay
  • Ryeland Allison
  • Lorne Balfe
  • Clay Duncan
  • Jay Flood
  • Tom Gire
  • Linkin Park
  • Matthew Margeson
  • William J. Parker
  • John Sponsler
  • Hans Zimmer
Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Featuring original song by Linkin Park "New Divide"
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Samuel Bayer Jay Flood New Line Cinema N/A
2011 Your Highness David Gordon Green N/A Universal Pictures N/A
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay
  • Andrew Kawczynski
  • Jacob Shea
Paramount Pictures N/A
2012 Battleship Peter Berg
Universal Pictures N/A
2013 Gangster Squad Ruben Fleischer N/A Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Pain & Gain Michael Bay Clay Duncan Paramount Pictures N/A
Ender's Game Gavin Hood Jacob Shea Summit Entertainment N/A
Lone Survivor Peter Berg
  • Clay Duncan
  • Jacob Shea (Acoustic Guitar)
  • Jon Jablonsky (Drums)
Universal Pictures Composed with Explosions in the Sky
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay Paramount Pictures Featuring original song By Imagine Dragons "Battle Cry"
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Breck Eisner
  • Gary Dworetsky
  • Jay Flood
Lionsgate Films Orchestra conducted by David Shipps and performed by Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra
2016 Keanu Peter Atencio Elgin Thrower Jr. Warner Bros. Pictures Composed with Nathan Whitehead
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Dave Green
  • Gary Dworetsty
  • David Fleming
  • Jay Flood
  • Corey Jackson
Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Orchestra conducted by James Sale
Deepwater Horizon Peter Berg Jon Jablonsky (Drums)* Summit Entertainment Featuring original song by Gary Clark Jr.
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay Gary Dworetsky David Fleming Luke Richards Paramount Pictures Orchestra conducted by James Sale & Nick Glennie-Smith
2018 Game Over, Man! Kyle Newacheck N/A Netflix N/A
Skyscraper Rawson Marshall Thurber N/A Universal Pictures
Legendary Entertainment
N/A
2019 Wonderland Peter Berg N/A Netflix N/A

Television[edit]

Year Title[6] TV Channel Notes
1999 Swing Vote Television film
Additional music only
Score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
2002 AFP: American Fighter Pilot CBS
Live from Baghdad HBO
National Geographic Explorer National Geographic Channel Episode: "Lost Subs: Disaster at Sea"
2003 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World BBC 7 episodes
Threat Matrix ABC 3 episodes
2004—2012 Desperate Housewives 157 episodes
2005 The Contender NBC
Threshold CBS
2006 Him and Us Television film
2009 WWII in HD History Only composed "Trailblazing"
2011 Vietnam in HD
2013 The List Television film
Occult A&E
2014 The Last Ship TNT Season 1
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse NBC 10 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Awards/Nominations Notes
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty E3 Best Original Score Additional music only
Music composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and Norihiko Hibino
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Composed with Trevor Morris
Transformers: The Game
2008 Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Composed with Trevor Morris
Expansion pack
Gears of War 2
2009 The Sims 3 Composed CAS, Map View, Buy and Build mode music
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2010 Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Promo music on bonus DVD
Transformers: War for Cybertron
2011 Gears of War 3
2013 Gears of War: Judgment
2014 Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Composed with Jeff Broadbent, Bobby Tahouri and Troels Brun Folmann

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Jablonsky". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Michael Bay's 'Transformers' Composer Steve Jablonsky Talks Making Music For Movies, TV, Video Games And More!". Mstarz. 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  3. ^ "Episode #6 | Steve Jablonsky, Behind the Score: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross & Name That Score". SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  4. ^ Newman, Melinda (2014-06-26). "Composer Steve Jablonsky on Transformers: Age of Extinction: This was the craziest film of all". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  5. ^ "Steve Jablonsky to Score 'The Last Witch Hunter'". filmmusicreporter.com. February 12, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Steve Jablonsky". Hans-Zimmer.com. Retrieved 2016-01-25.

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