Composer Lorne Balfe Creates Hybrid Action Score for Terminator Genisys
By Albert Tello
Grammy winning composer Lorne Balfe creates an action-packed, emotive score for Paramount Pictures’ and Skydance Productions’Terminator Genisys, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Oscar® winning composer Hans Zimmer is the Executive Music Producer. Directed by Alan Taylor, “Genisys” returns to the Oscar® winning Terminator franchise to take familiar characters in a new direction.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.
Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1, 2015.
With the movie building from 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, including shot-for-shot recreations, Lorne Balfe’s score needed to honor the tradition of the past Terminator films while adding bold, new music to fit the action and emotions of Genisys.
Producer David Ellison says, “This is the largest scale Terminator movie that’s ever been made. There are bigger action sequences in Genisys than any prior Terminator film.”
In addition to propelling the action, Balfe’s score needed to tap into the film’s emotional core as it explores themes of freedom and guardianship. “The score contains everything but the kitchen sink. It’s a hybrid score, and although there are these massive action cues, there is a hell of a lot of emotion.”
“The score needed to be much more personal to match the progression of the movie’s character development and convey the relationship between Sarah Connor and the Terminator,” stated Balfe.
Lorne Balfe is a Grammy Award winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. His recent credits include Dreamworks Animation’s “Home” starring Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin, Dreamworks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar,” and “Manny,” a documentary about the life of boxer Manny Pacquiao which premiered at SXSW. Other composing credits include the animated film “Megamind,” and Ubisoft’s acclaimed game, “Assassin’s Creed III.” Balfe is currently scoring the Paramount Pictures thriller “Captive” starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, releasing September 18, 2015. He also currently co-scores the hit NBC mini-series “A.D.: The Bible Continues” with Oscar® winning composer Hans Zimmer.
Balfe began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures including the second and third installments of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Iron Man,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” He provided additional music and was the score producer on 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.
In addition to being named Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2009, he was also the score producer for Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. In 2011, he produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.
His music is featured in the BBC and Sundance Channel TV mini-series, “Restless,” starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, for which Balfe received the 2013 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition. Balfe’s a BAFTA nominated video game composer with credits including “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” and “Beyond: Two Souls,” which features performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
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