Steve Jablonsky didn’t start out as a composer. His original college major was computer engineering. He thought he’d become a recording engineer.
Life had other plans, eventually leading Jablonsky to score the adventure film Ender’s Game and the action thriller Lone Survivor. He has composed for TV shows including Desperate Housewives and video games like Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.
His has been a well-developed career as a composer, considering Jablonsky never really saw it coming. After leaving college, “I called up Hans Zimmer’s studio Media Ventures asking if they wanted any help,” Jablonsky remembers. “I started as an intern when the company was much smaller.”
As the company began to grow, so did Jablonsky’s career. It was staff composer Harry Gregson-Williams who first took Jablonsky under his wing, eventually leading to Jablonsky’s first feature assignment in 2003, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Rather than try to replicate the original, “I remembered what it did to me and tried to recreate that,” says Jablonsky. “I watched the new film they made and played to it.”
As a young composer, Jablonsky is able to grow with the business. This has lead to his involvement with video games. The differences are mainly technical. “Video games have very specific needs,” he points out. “Producers already have the different scenes mapped out in their heads. The music also has to be able to loop seamlessly. Players have to be able to go back to the beginning of a scene and not notice.”
By Tom Kidd