Continuing his streak scoring only the best genre television – Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Defiance, Da Vinci’s Demons – Bear McCreary has just signed up to score ABC and Marvel‘s Agents of SHIELD. Speaking with EW about his approach, McCreary said,
The series centers on the behind-the-scenes people, their heroism and their quirks. As such, the music I wrote is heroic and, at times, quirky and offbeat…. For me, the entire series hinges around Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson. He has a magnetic presence and an irresistible charm. Every time he’s onscreen, musical ideas are bursting into my brain… To me, a superheroic score is only as good as its main theme. If you’re not singing the tune in the shower a few days after hearing it, then an opportunity has been lost.
I’m sure all I have to do is mention The Walking Dead‘s theme and your brain is already humming it. And just think, Agents of SHIELD‘s theme will be same in a matter of months. I definitely recommend you check McCreary’s full interview with EW about composing for Agents of SHIELD. But then! Make sure you come back here for a look at some Comic Con teaser art, and a new featurette introducing us to two of the agents: Fitz and Simmons, the most Whedonesque characters of the cast, yet.
I know a lot of people are hopelessly beholden to the John Williams Superman theme from 1978, so much so that it prevents them from seeing the score being produced by Hans Zimmer for the upcoming Man of Steelwith anything less than contempt. Understandable, the Williams score has been the “voice” of Superman for more than a generation, but a) Can’t we give Zimmer a chance? and b) Wasn’t Bryan Singer being overly respectful of the ’78 movie one of the prime sources of nerd rage in regards to Superman Returns?
Come on, even you have to admit it sounds good. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the isolated score from the most recent Man of Steel trailer. It reminds me very much of Michael Giacchino’s score for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, it’s both a bold departure, yet somehow thematically faithful to the music used in previousmovies. And with all the drums, I couldn’t help but think of Bear McCreary’s score for Battlestar Galactica, another case where an upstart composer had to follow-up a classic John Williams theme and create something sonically new. From my point of view, it’s another reason to get excited about Man of Steel, now a little over one month away from release.
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This isn’t the craziest thing I’ve seen someone do to get a job interview, but it definitely makes the top ten list for creative ways to land a job. Adam Levermore wants to do design work on Marvel’s new television show S.H.I.E.L.D.In order to stand out among the many talented applicants Adam called in a bunch of favors and created the Fan Film SHIELDED video below.
He describes the video on YouTube as:
(Actually, this is my absurdly over-the-top job application, as I try to get hired as a graphic designer on Joss Whedon’s upcoming show, S.H.I.E.L.D. To learn more, and to see my graphic design portfolio,visit http://adamlevermore.com )
Check out the people he got involved in the video, Grant Imahara (Mythbusters), Amber Benson (Buffy), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead) created the score, and (Eureka’s) Amy Berg script. Throw in the review of some of his other design work for Wil Wheaton and other Internet notables and you’ve got an impressive list and fantastic examples of Adam’s prior work.
Some dude plays the comedian Richard Lewis in this video where he actually chats with Bear McCreary, the mastermind behind the scores for Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Human Target and others. It’s actually pretty damn funny; he ribs McCreary for being a fuckin’ nerd (which is totally awesome) and poses “who would win?” scenarios like John Williams vs. Hans Zimmer (I’m rooting for Zimmer).
It’s totally worth watching – check it out! “He Shoots, He Scores” is a pretty clever title. If anything, watch it for that!
So it says that that’s the TV-PG version… As far as I can tell, a non-PG version doesn’t exist. Having to point that out makes it all very misleading; I was looking forward to some non-PG shits and giggles.