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Christophe Beck - composer for film and television

Christophe Beck Christophe Beck was musically gifted as a child learning the piano and becoming quite proficient with the instrument. It would seem that music runs in his family since his brother James who is best known as the alter-ego of the pianist Chilly Gonzales. Indeed the pair of brothers co-wrote two musicals during their student days. At the USC Thorton School of Music, he was taught by Jerry Goldsmith among others, before graduating and going on for further study and work experience as an apprentice for Mike Post. From then on his career was similar to that of other media composers. He started out in Television where Mike Post was particularly active and experienced. As a Television composer, Beck had a reasonably long stint as the main composer for "F/X: The Series" and then providing some of the episodes of "The Practice" along with composers such as Marco Beltrami. The series which secured his reputation more than any other was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" which ran for many seasons from 1997 to 2003 and spawned the spin-off series "Angel".

Christophe Beck: The Hangover Trilogy - album cover It was at this point where Beck's movie career was also starting to take off. Like many film composers Beck's career trajectory started out with roles such as orchestrator or providing additional music, before getting the job as principle composer for lower budget movies or those going straight-to-video. Under the composer credit Christophe Beck scored a string of comedies including several rom-coms. These included the likes of cheerleading movie "Bring It On" and "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy" both released in 2000, and leading up to "Big Fat Liar", "Stealing Harvard" and "The Tuxedo" in 2002. In 2003 he scored a couple of wedding themed movies with "Just Married" and "American Wedding" and also the remake of "Cheaper by the Dozen" starring Steve Martin. He stepped away from Romantic Comedies in 2005 with "Elektra" and "Two for the Money" starring Al Pacino before reverting to his core genre with the remake of "The Pink Panther" which also starred Steve Martin as the accident prone Inspector Clouseau.

Christophe Beck, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez: Frozen - album cover A measure of a composer's success must be when they are asked to return to score film sequels, and by this measure Beck was certainly successful with "The Pink Panther resulting in a sequel. Beck scored the original "Garfield" movie in 2004 based on the comic strip created by Jim Davis, and then returned for the sequel "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties" 2 years later. Some years later he performed a similar comeback trick with "The Muppets" and then "Muppets Most Wanted", and there were also two "Hot Tub Time Machine" movies. Sticking with the comedy genre "The Hangover" managed to produce a trilogy of films all scored by Beck. The composer's big break came in 2013 with the animated musical "Frozen" which required a skillful integration of the music score with the songs written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Naturally the success of this musical also resulted in a sequel "Frozen II" plus further spinoff releases turning into a franchise. While Beck had no direct contribution to "Frozen" the Broadway Musical it features the song track "Vuelie" which was adapted by Beck from a work by Danish composer Frode Fjellheim who based the track on music from Scandinavian cultures.

Christophe Beck: WandaVision - album cover Following "Frozen" Beck has continued with various comedies and sequels, he scored the animations "The Peanuts Movie" and "Trolls", Sci-fi movie "Edge of Tomorrow" with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and dipped a toe into the Marvel Universe with the superhero movie "Ant-Man" and its sequel "Ant-Man and the Wasp". Beck was also among the ranks of the many composers contributing their time and skills to "A Symphony of Hope" in aid of Haiti after the island's earthquake. With the advent of streaming services and the further blurring of the distinction between film and TV, Beck seems to have returned to the world of television while remaining within the Marvel Universe for "WandaVision". Musically this series was notable for its skillful adoption of TV themes and styles from various decades with The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Bewitched among the explicit references, and these involved Beck working once more with the talented songwriting Lopez duo. To my mind the best thing about the whole series was the End Credits, so mysterious (and slightly Hitchcockian) feeding the "what is happening?" aspect of the early episodes, but really also setting out Wanda's theme and hinting at the big MCU style that is to come later in the series.

The composer's official web-site is at www.christophebeck.com, and here is the Christophe Beck Youtube Channel.

Films by Christophe Beck:

    Christophe Beck: The Peanuts Movie - album cover
  • Jetsons: The Movie - one of several orchestrators for the John Debney score
  • Scream - additional music for the Marco Beltrami score
  • Guinevere
  • Thick as Thieves
  • Bring It On
  • The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy
  • Stealing Harvard
  • Big Fat Liar
  • The Tuxedo
  • Just Married
  • American Wedding
  • Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) - starring Steve Martin
  • Garfield
  • Christophe Beck: Death at a Funeral - album cover
  • Elektra
  • Two for the Money
  • Yours, Mine & Ours
  • The Pink Panther (2006) - also starring Steve Martin, and featuring different versions of the original theme by Henry Mancini
  • The Sentinel
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties - sequel
  • License to Wed
  • What Happens in Vegas
  • The Pink Panther 2 - sequel
  • The Hangover - the first of three
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Date Night
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Burlesque
  • Christophe Beck: Edge of Tomorrow - album cover
  • The Hangover Part II - sequel
  • Tower Heist
  • The Muppets
  • Under The Tuscan Sun
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • Pitch Perfect
  • The Hangover Part III - third of the trilogy
  • R.I.P.D.
  • Frozen - now almost a franchise with sequels, spinoffs and musical, plus merchandising galore
  • Muppets Most Wanted - sequel
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - sequel
  • Christophe Beck: Ant-Man - album cover
  • Get Hard
  • Hot Pursuit
  • Ant-Man - into the Marvel Universe
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Sisters
  • Trolls
  • A Symphony of Hope - one of many contributing composers
  • The Christmas Chronicles - with Kurt Russell as Santa Claus
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp - sequel
  • Frozen II - sequel
  • Like a Boss
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2 - sequel

TV Music by Christophe Beck:

    Christophe Beck: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - album cover
  • White Fang - Canadian series
  • Second Noah
  • Friends 'Til the End - TV Movie
  • Spy Game
  • George & Leo
  • F/X: The Series - detective series with help from a special effects expert
  • Earthquake in New York - TV Movie
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - trend-setting series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Angel - Joss Whedon's Buffy sequel, though Robert J. Kral scored most of the episodes
  • The Practice - TV series
  • Wolf Girl - TV Movie
  • WandaVision - a welcome return to TV scoring

Christophe Beck Recommendations:

Here are some suggested film and TV scores by Christophe Beck: