Nathan Barr at Comic-Con 2010 Panel

July 9, 2010 by  


Appearances by Oscar and Emmy award-winning music talents Michael Giacchino, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Nathan Barr, Jim Dooley, John Ottman & Jeremy Zuckerman.

Seven of the most prolific composers in film & television are slated to appear and speak for the brand new program: Behind the Music: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy Film & Television in San Diego for Comic-Con – on July 22nd, 4:30-5:30pm in room 24ABC. Moderated by Anne Cecere – Director of Film/TV Relations of BMI, the panelists will include Michael Giacchino, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Nathan Barr, Jim Dooley, John Ottman and Jeremy Zuckerman.

All of the scoring legends will discuss their respective past and current projects, how they got their big break into the music composing industry, and share some behind-the-scenes insights regarding composing for the specific sci-fi/fantasy genre of television and film, as pertinent to the Comic-Con audience and tradition. Attendees of the panel also will receive exclusive giveaways. Day and weekend passes can be purchased through Comic-Con’s website:

Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning composer Michael Giacchino has contributed music for many facets of entertainment such as films, TV, and videogames. His most recent films include STAR TREK, RATATOUILLE, and UP for which he won this past year’s Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Giacchino has also scored the hit TV shows LOST and ALIAS.

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman make up the composing duo ‘Wendy & Lisa’, who once performed as Prince’s leading ladies and made their mark with their first composing credit on the box-office hit, DANGEROUS MINDS. Wendy & Lisa continue to write music for hit shows like HEROES, MERCY and NURSE JACKIE. Their score album to Nurse Jackie was recently released on March 2nd and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

Jim Dooley is an Emmy-winning composer for PUSHING DAISIES. His nearly 40 film contributing credits include THE DA VINCI CODE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, solo work such as WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, OBSESSED, and top videogame titles SOCOM, INFAMOUS and the upcoming EPIC MICKEY. Dooley is currently song writing for the film, DOROTHY OF OZ starring Lea Michele (“Glee”) as Dorothy, Martin Short as The Jester, Dan Aykroyd as The Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as The Tin Man, and Jim Belushi as The Lion.

Nathan Barr has scored all episodes of HBO’s hit series TRUE BLOOD. Among other works, Barr has composed for HOSTEL, SHUTTER, CABIN FEVER, THE DUKES OF HAZARD and recently completed THE LAST EXORCISM, which opens nation-wide on August 27th, 2010.

John Ottman has composed for a diverse range of films from THE LOSERS, X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN 2, FANTASTIC FOUR 2: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER and SUPERMAN RETURNS. Having music influence his life since the 4th grade, Ottman continues to score for films, TV commercials, and direct films.

Composer Jeremy Zuckerman is best known for his work on Nickelodeon’s AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. Jeremy, along with his composing partner, Benjamin Wynn, form the music-writing duo “Track Team”. They recently finished the animated short, DC SHOWCASE: THE SPECTRE and currently are scoring for the brand new Nickelodeon animated KUNG FU PANDA spin-off series.

Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con International organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each Spring and the Alternative Press Expo each Fall.

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