Theodore Michael Shapiro is an American composer known for composing scores for movies. He was born on 29 September 1971 in Washington D.C., The United States of America. In 1993, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from American Brown University, Rhode Island. After that, in 1995, he did his Master of Fine Arts from the Juilliard School in music composition. The film scores for which he is known are in the movies such as 13 Going on 30, State and Main, Wet Hot American Summer, Along Came Polly, Idiocracy, The Devil Wears Prada and Fun with Dick and Jane.
He also composed music for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, You, Me and Dupree, Tropic Thunder and Matthew Jay Roach’s film named Dinner for Schmucks. He even played a role in 2004 released Along Came Polly called Hector. He has composed music for TV series like HBO Voyeur Project (Miniseries) and The State. Despite getting commissions for Classical music especially after the success of piano concerto in 1999, he chose to work in film industry. When he was nine years old, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ has an influence on him.
He started composing for a small budget, independent films, usually a friend’s project, Karyn Kusama’s Girl fight won awards at the Sundance Film Festival which led to a collaboration of two-film with playwright and director David Mamet on State and Main and Heist.
liked his score in the film and hired him for Old School, a 2003 comedy. The success made him famous in Hollywood, and he started getting more projects especially in the comedy genre. He has composed music for 2015 release Ghostbuster Reboot starring ,
, Kristen Wiig,
and Matt Walsh.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids,
) is the director of the film. While at Juilliard School, he studied with David Diamond. Also, he learned under John Corigliano, an American composer of classical music. He says that if he were given a preference, he would really like writing for dramatic films. He would do detailed mock-ups and do "orchestrating" in the sequencer. He likes to tell what he is doing with the music so that there are no surprises on the scoring stage. He writes scores in a sketch form on paper with pencil and then commits things to a sequencer. He finds Olivier Messiaen a visionary and Benjamin Britten as a consummate musician.