Soundworks Collection Profile: Michael Giacchino

Now that the announcement and full teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness have been released, lots of questions have been raised about J.J. Abrams’ sequel. Questions like who is Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character John Harrison? and recently “Are You the 1701?. But no question is more important to us film score geeks at G-S-T than “What will Michael Giacchino bring to the table for the next Star Trek film?“.

Granted Michael already provided the score for the 9-minute prologue (which plays before The Hobbit), but even he admits that that theme may in fact change for the final product. Why? Well because J.J. and the team at Bad Robot are deep in post-production and Michael only scores something when he can see it in its entirety (he told us in our fascinating 30 minute interview that he doesn’t even read the script). But /Film talked to him briefly when they toured Bad Robot and he had this to say about his process,

“This is [the film] in its state today, but a month from now it could be a totally different cut which would require going back and rescoring so it feels like one whole piece”.

Since his work on the IMAX prologue is outside how he normally works, it was just kind of a one-off. “I have no idea what I’m going to do yet. I haven’t seen the whole film yet so I don’t know what the rest of the film needs or asks for.”  Both the footage and music can very possibly change or even be thrown out if it doesn’t work within the context of the completed/overall film.

It’s really anyone’s guess as to what we’ll hear next May but knowing how capable that Oscar-winning composer is we, as fans, have nothing at all to fear. So as a way of celebrating Giacchino and all he’s offered the film (and TV) world in a very short period of time, have a look at Soundworks Collection‘s profile on this extraordinary music man…Enjoy!

Thanks to /Film for the tip. In fact, taking a look at the videos that Soundworks Collection puts together, we may just start sharing more and more of their composer profiles in the future. It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Giacchino and just like Brad Bird said in the video, can’t wait to get to the next Giacchino score. Paramount Pictures has slated Star Trek Into Darkness for wide release next Spring on May 17th, 2013.