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 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

McCreary just posted a picture on Facebook, announcing he is scoring this upcoming show!

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

Apparently this was announced at Comic-Con.

http://filmmusicreporter.com/2014/07/26/bear-mccreary-to-score-nbcs-constantine/

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

It's about time he did some work^

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

I love McCrearys music -certainly one of the most interesting composers working today- but this is getting a little crazy. He can't possibly maintain the quality doing so many shows.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

I'm sure he's careful to give himself enough time. He probably has his schedule mapped out 6 months in advance. And he may already have done a lot of the writing for these new shows.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

Theme!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   calmblueocean81   (Member)

^
Thats a nice little theme he's got going there!
But I just wonder, like Brian Tyler on the movie side of things, if Bear is perhaps stretching himself a little thin these days. Outlander, Agents of Shield, Davincis Demons, Walking Dead, Black Sails, Intruders, Defiance and now Constantine?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin

The man knows how to write themes, that's for sure. 3 Emmy nominations in 5 years, and a win last year (hoping for another this year) ain't too shabby.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin


*cough*ghostwriters*cough*

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin


*cough*ghostwriters*cough*


I have read that before here one time. Is that actually confirmed?

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin


*cough*ghostwriters*cough*


I have read that before here one time. Is that actually confirmed?


Let me just put it into context this way since it's never great to say "so-and-so in the business told me..."

As a composer myself, I know it takes a certain amount of time to write a certain amount of music. Given there are only 24 hrs in our day 6-8 hrs of which humans need to sleep unless they want to go psychotic and die eventually from sleep deprivation. So you have a good 16 hrs per day to write music. Depending on the show and how much music per episode not counting rewrites and actually performing/recording the music on a stage with a live group, a single tv show could take 2-4 days of the week. So this guy is scoring what, 6 tv shows? Somehow I highly doubt he's found a way to write ALL that music with ALL those variables in a normal day unless he's found a way to freeze time or clone himself.

Now if he's doing basic MIDI sketches and handing them off to orchestrators who will also do a lot of the leg work of filling in the holes, then, yeah, its possible. And most likely probable.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin


*cough*ghostwriters*cough*


Yup. I wouldn't be surprised if he saves the most critical scenes for himself while giving all the dialogue/exposition/boring scenes to his ghostwriters. Of course, there's no way to know for sure but there's no way he can tackle all those shows without help.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin


*cough*ghostwriters*cough*


Yup. I wouldn't be surprised if he saves the most critical scenes for himself while giving all the dialogue/exposition/boring scenes to his ghostwriters. Of course, there's no way to know for sure but there's no way he can tackle all those shows without help.


While I don't doubt he has assistants helping him with scoring duties, there are a few things to keep in mind:

1) He admits there are many times of the year he doesn't get a lot of sleep.

2) He is not scoring all 6-8 shows at once at any given time of year. The shows he is doing are all spread out on different release schedules. So far as I know, only 2 of the ones he is currently doing (SHIELD and Walking Dead) follow the traditional Sept-May TV season schedule. Even Walking Dead has an abbreviated episode order every season, and from what I can tell they produce that show earlier than other shows begin their production season which means Bear can score it earlier.

The others (Defiance, Black Sails, DaVinci's Demons) are either airing during the summer or staggered such that I'm sure he can manage scoring them, as well as the fact they have a reduced episode count, as well as the fact that some of his tweets seem to suggest that all of the episodes are in the can well before the airdate of the premiere of a season for those shows, which may mean he has some flexibility.

The way they are doing Outlander, they are splitting the season in half, some of which will air now, and some of which won't air until next year.

3) He has a newborn daughter which means he's probably not getting much sleep anyway :-) Mind as well work during those 3 AM feedings.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

I don't care about any of this, all I care about is the music itself, and every "Bear McCreary" score I own sounds terrific! It's all about the bottom line wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Judging by the quality of his most recent endeavors (DaVinci season 2, Black Sails season 1), he's doing just fine big grin


*cough*ghostwriters*cough*


Yup. I wouldn't be surprised if he saves the most critical scenes for himself while giving all the dialogue/exposition/boring scenes to his ghostwriters. Of course, there's no way to know for sure but there's no way he can tackle all those shows without help.



Both Michael Beach and Jonathan Ortega have cues from several McCreary projects on their websites. It's really nothing out of the ordinary, considering how much work has to be done in a short time. That composers would write and orchestrate themselves on a TV show, that would be special!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2014 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

I don't care about any of this, all I care about is the music itself, and every "Bear McCreary" score I own sounds terrific! It's all about the bottom line wink

Amen :-)

 
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