Michael Giacchino is a music composer from America who has rendered his compositions for numerous movies, TV shows and video games. His most distinguished works have been for TV shows Lost, Alias; for the games Medal of Honor and Call of Duty franchises; and for movies like Mission Impossible 3,
among many others. He has won innumerable awards for his works, which include an Academy Award, several Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Emmy as well. Giacchino was brought up in Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey, his birthplace being Riverside Township in New Jersey. His parents were of Italian descent, who were immigrants in America. He studied at Holy Cross High School, graduating in 1986. He had a special interest in music right from his childhood when he used to create animations using his compositions, just at the age of 10. He later enrolled at School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he obtained an internship with Universal Pictures. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SVA in 1990, he undertook classes to hone his musical talents in Juiliard School. After his internship at Universal, he got hired there. Later he shifted to Disney, where he produced music for games produced by Disney. He composed for the Sega Genesis game Gargoyles and various versions of
The Lion King
. However, his first breakout production was for the game version of the movie The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He won numerous awards for producing music for the first three Medal of Honor games and composed for many other games including Secret Weapons over Normandy and games of the Call of Duty franchise. His outstanding work in the video game industry paved his way into the film and television industry. Starting with the TV show Alias, he went on to produce the highly critically acclaimed score of the television series Lost.
He later worked in the film The Incredibles, which earned him two Grammy nominations. After his contributions to movies like Sky High and Mission: Impossible III, he also produced for Ratatouille, which earned him his first Academy Award nomination, and later for the 2009 Star Trek movie. He received his first Oscar for Best Original Score for his outstanding work in the Pixar movie Up, the first win for Pixar in that category. He is known to use amusing titles laden with puns on his music albums. Moreover, he was cast by J.J Abrams as First Order Stormtrooper FN-3181 in the recently released : The Force Awakens. Apart from his huge list of soundtracks in films, he has also joined hands with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland. In 2009, conducted the orchestra for the 81st Academy Awards. Giacchino also produced for the fanfare at the 100th Anniversary logo reveal for Paramount Pictures. Giacchino was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011 by the International Film Music Critics Association, winning it just once in 2004. He was also one of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008. He is quite an old school in his musical compositions, and he prefers working with the same set of people for all his compositions. As he says— “I think my writing has an old-fashioned feel to it, for whatever reason. I'm just so influenced by the music that I listened to growing up, a lot of it out of the 60's, so it has a natural tendency to feel like it's from another era.”