Michael Giacchino already has two Best Original Score Oscar® nominations, taking home the trophy for 2009′s “Up” (the other nomination for 2007′s “Ratatouille”). Add to that, three Emmy® nominations – one of those a win – for Original Music Composition for “Lost” and another nod Outstanding Music and Lyrics for “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.” He is, no doubt, a talented and in-demand composer. And for good reason. Giacchino has crafted some of the most exciting, mysterious and provocative scores for movies ranging from “The Incredibles,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Cloverfield” and “Star Trek.”
2011 has been a huge year for Giacchino, his compositions heard in five features: “Super 8,” “Cars 2,” “Monte Carlo,” “50/50″ and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”
But it’s the first, “Super 8,” where he truly helped bring to life the action-packed drama with its monstrous train crash, small town battlefield and underground alien lair, while emphasizing the intimate drama taking place within the young characters’ lives.
To hear Giacchino tell it, “Super 8″ is also that he connected with on a different level. In this super cool feature on the music of “Super 8,” Giacchino talks about his own youth and making films on the old film format. Plus, director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg chime in on the film’s music and why Giacchino was the only choice.