Henry Jackman Creates Top Score for Pixels
by Albert Tello
In Theaters July 24th, 2015
(Hollywood, CA) – June 19, 2015—Award-winning Composer Henry Jackman’s Pixels score is a playful and intense musical rollercoaster ride that is just as fast, thrilling and fun as this new Columbia Pictures film, in theatres nationwide July 24th. Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, features exciting special effects, CG and animation that bring favorite video games PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders to life.
Jackman is no stranger to video games coming to life: he won an Annie Award® for his score to Disney’s Wreck It Ralph and scored the Oscar®-winning animated film Big Hero 6.
In Pixels, legendary director and producer Chris Columbus (who famously directed the hit films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Night at the Museum; I Love You, Beth Cooper; Mrs. Doubtfire; Home Alone 1 & 2; Gremlins; The Goonies), creates a reinvention of classic pop-culture video game characters, merging the digital world with our everyday reality in a whole new, never-before seen way. Jackman’s score keeps up the energy, excitement, creativity and originality of the film with music to match. The Pixels soundtrack will also be released on July 24th on Varese Sarabande.
For Pixels, Henry Jackman created a fully indulgent, classic action-adventure score that he describes as “symphonic mystery music.” Director Chris Columbus wanted a classic symphonic score in the tradition of renowned Composer John Williams, with whom Columbus collaborated on previous films.
“The alien invasion is more sophisticated,” says Jackman. “It almost feels like something you would hear on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, not the action scores of today. It’s a refreshing remake of a classic entertainment film,” he continues. “It feels like it could have been made in the 80s.”
Jackman chose not to score Pixels comedically because, he says, “the comedy in the film speaks for itself.” Henry Jackman worked with a 40-piece choir, full live percussion with five players, and a full orchestra of 75 members to create the Pixels score.
In Pixels, humanity succeeds at contacting an alien life form; unfortunately, the message is taken the wrong way, and the aliens launch a full-scale war using video game technology to destroy us. Adam Sandler, who plays Sam Brenner, leads the cast of this action-packed comedy, along with Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage who play Brenner’s childhood, arcade-fly friends. Now, all grown up, they must use their classic video game skills to help the president save the world from PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders. Jackman’s score weaves in and out of the action expertly, building tension and taking audience members on an indulgent musical adventure throughout the film.
Some background on Henry Jackman
Henry Jackman – a prodigy who began composing his first symphony at age six and was an accomplished composer by age nine – began his professional solo career in 2009 after studying classical music at Oxford University.
In just five years, he has established himself as a dynamic and prolific film composer. He scores films in all genres: animated films (Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph), action-adventures (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass 1&2), comedies (This is the End) and dramas (Captain Phillips). Jackman presents a revolutionary range of composing skills, ingeniously marrying his expertise in classical music with his experience in dance/club music and his innovative production of Electronica.
Looking Ahead with Henry Jackman
Next up for Jackman is Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, in theatres May 2016.
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