46 Facts About Michael Giacchino


Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for film, television, and video games.


Michael Giacchino has received many awards, including an Oscar for his work on Up, an Emmy for his work on Lost, and three Grammys for his work on Ratatouille and Up.


Michael Giacchino composed the score for the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and the television series Alias, Lost, and Fringe.


Michael Giacchino is known for composing the 2016 Marvel Studios fanfare, the Marvel Studios Special Presentations fanfare, and the 2011 Paramount Pictures fanfare for the studio's 100th anniversary, which has been carried onto logos for Paramount Players, Paramount Animation logos, Paramount Television Studios, and Paramount Network Original Productions.


Michael Giacchino grew up in Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey, and graduated from Holy Cross High School in Delran Township, New Jersey in 1986.


Michael Giacchino began combining images and music at age 10, when he began creating stop-motion animation with homemade soundtracks in his basement.


Michael Giacchino enrolled at SVA, majoring in film production and minoring in history.


Michael Giacchino, who was the only one interested, obtained the six-month position, which he filled at night while attending school during the day and working at Macy's to pay his rent.


Michael Giacchino graduated from SVA in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, after which he took music classes at the Juilliard School, and then at UCLA.


When Michael Giacchino's internship ended, Universal hired him, giving him a job upon graduation from college.


Michael Giacchino later moved to Disney, and when Disney relocated to Los Angeles, Giacchino moved with them, working in publicity, while taking night classes in instrumentation and orchestration at UCLA.


Michael Giacchino has since continued his relationship with DreamWorks which included composing the score for the Small Soldiers video game in 1998, providing full orchestral scores for many of their popular videogames.


Michael Giacchino worked with Pandemic studios to create the theme for Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.


Additionally, Michael Giacchino composed themes for The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, and co-wrote the theme of Black with composer Chris Tilton.


Michael Giacchino composed the score for Alias, which was based on the television series of the same name.


In 2008 Michael Giacchino wrote music for Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.


Michael Giacchino would go on to provide the score for JJ Abrams's 2004 television series Lost, creating an acclaimed score which employed a unique process of using spare pieces of a plane fuselage for percussion parts.


In 2004, Michael Giacchino received his first big feature film commission.


Brad Bird, director of Pixar's The Incredibles, asked Michael Giacchino to provide the soundtrack for the film after having heard his work on Alias.


Michael Giacchino was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2005 for The Incredibles: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Instrumental Composition.


Redford and Frank DeVol, Michael Giacchino mostly associated with Disney from early in his career up to most recently, ranging from video games such as Mickey Mania and Gargoyles to films such as The Incredibles and eventually collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering in creating two new soundtracks for the updated versions of Space Mountain at Disneyland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris, and Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland.


Michael Giacchino composed scores for the 2005 films Sky High and The Family Stone, and the television movie The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.


Michael Giacchino received his first Academy Award nomination for this score.


Michael Giacchino created the score for Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film.


Michael Giacchino scored the Pixar film Up, for which he collaborated with director Pete Docter.


Michael Giacchino composed the score for JJ Abrams' feature Super 8 in 2011.


Michael Giacchino composed for the pilot of the Abrams-produced American television series Fringe, after which Giacchino gave scoring duties to his assistant Chad Seiter, who scored the first half of season one.


In 2016, Michael Giacchino composed the score for the Marvel film Doctor Strange, as well as the score for the Disney film Zootopia.


Michael Giacchino composed the fanfare for the new Marvel Studios logo, which debuted with Doctor Strange.


In September 2016, it was announced that Michael Giacchino had been chosen to replace composer Alexandre Desplat as the composer for the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One after Desplat was unavailable following reshoots.


Michael Giacchino then scored four more Marvel films: 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home, 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home, and 2022's Thor: Love and Thunder.


Michael Giacchino returned to Pixar to score Coco and Incredibles 2.


Michael Giacchino composed the score for Taika Waititi's 2019 film Jojo Rabbit.


In 2022, Michael Giacchino composed the score for The Batman, and the score for the Pixar film Lightyear.


Michael Giacchino continued with his directorial efforts with a Star Trek: Short Treks episode "Ephraim and Dot" in 2019.


On March 7,2022, Variety reported that Michael Giacchino is directing an upcoming as-of-yet untitled Marvel Studios television project for Disney+.


Michael Giacchino was contracted by Sarah Vowell, who played character Violet in The Incredibles, to compose the score to the audio version of her book Assassination Vacation.


Michael Giacchino used the notes of the fanfare at the end of the opening theme of Marvel Studios: Legends, as well as Spider-Man: No Way Home on a timpani drum in the track, "Intro to Fake News", from the film's soundtrack.


In 2015, Michael Giacchino played an It's a Small World operator in the film Tomorrowland which he scored.


Michael Giacchino reprised the role in the 2018 animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet.


Michael Giacchino grew up with an immense love for filmmaking, often spending time making short films in his youth.


Michael Giacchino made his professional directorial debut in 2019 with an episode of Star Trek: Short Treks during its second season.


In 2020, Michael Giacchino directed in his own short film, Monster Challenge starring Patton Oswalt.


In 2022, Michael Giacchino directed and scored the Marvel Studios Halloween special Werewolf by Night to critical acclaim.


Michael Giacchino is expected to score the film as well.


Michael Giacchino is noted for using humorous titles filled with puns on his soundtrack albums.