Steve Jablonsky Interview – Michael Bay, The Transformers Franchise & Age Of Extinction

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Go, See, Talk had the pleasure to interview composer Steve Jablonsky regarding his partnership with Director Michael Bay and his studio; Platinum Dunes. Mr. Jablonsky also gave us an idea how the Score of Transformers 4 a.k.a Transformers: Age Of Extinction may sound like.

“He’s [Michael Bay] a person who takes on these projects that are so huge and massive but he’s so focused on everything and every aspect of it from the sound design, to the CG, I mean he flies up to ILM one to three times a week. He told me “look I have to do that because I need to be part of it. I can’t do it over conference call, I need to sit there with them. These hundred animators show me what they have and I’ll say that looks good, or tweak this here”. Michael really is into everything you see on the screen and he has such a hand in it all so that’s why his schedule is so crazy.

On to Transformers: Age Of Extinction score…

“I mean if you’re on an airplane and you’re listening to something with headphones, sure it’s not going to sound as big or important as if you were in my studio. He has so many things on his plate he might only have a minute to listen to a piece and I’ve actually been asked that by his people. They’ll say “the only chance that Michael has to listen to the cue is on his airplane” because he’s on his way to China or something. And I know now to say “absolutely not, I’m not handing this over so he can listen to it on his iPod. It’s just not going to happen, it’s not fair to him, it’s not fair to me and it needs to be presented properly”.

I think with each Transformers film he’s [Michael Bay] wanted something different and he’s always had this kind of specific theme where he’ll really want something special so he gives me these goals to reach, “this needs to be really emotional”, “this needs to be really kick ass”, and he always gives me new challenges. With Transformers 4 I haven’t had that many conversations with him, but I get the feeling that he wants something wildly different. Having said that we might use some of the old themes, though I’m not sure because it’s Mark Wahlberg now and a whole different cast, so we might just do something very different. The bottom line is Michael is paying me to make his films better. Whatever ideas he’s got, I’m going to listen to them, and fortunately he’s got these great ideas.

I fully expect on Transformers 4 whatever we do he’s going to want something wild and to go down some road where we use some crazy instruments or something. I don’t know yet, we’ll see what happens but he’s very adventurous in his creative process so I’ve learned that from him I think. He loves electronic stuff mixed in and that’s really where I got a lot of experience and now it’s part of my sound, I guess, because I get asked to do it a lot. I record a lot of things and then manipulate them in my computer and I really enjoy doing that that – combining it with the orchestra to make something new – and he loves that sort of thing, hearing sounds he’s never heard before.”

The interview is lengthy and more tidbits on it. Check out the full interview at Go, See, Talk.

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  1. BeeOtch217's Avatar BeeOtch217 says

    Awesome! Huge film music fan. Love his work especially on the Transformers saga and The Island

  2. Securis's Avatar Securis says

    Cool. Short talk, but glad to know he'll be coming back. In a sea of limp and forgettable musical scores for hero movies, Jablonsky is a standout. His stuff is memorable, like composers of the past. Can you remember a few bars of the Man of Steel score? Me neither. But I remember countless themes from Transformers.

  3. megatroptimus's Avatar megatroptimus says

    The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.

  4. Securis's Avatar Securis says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
    The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.
    Sentinel Prime theme was amazing. So was The World Needs You Now. In ROTF, Forest Battle was balls out amazing. I couldn't possibly disagree with you more.

  5. Smashs's Avatar Smashs says

    This makes me happy. Arrival to Earth, Sentinel Prime, and Battle are three of my favorite movie score songs ever.

  6. Securis's Avatar Securis says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
    Do you have the expanded scores for all 3 movies?
    I do have all tracks from all 3 movies.

  7. MV95's Avatar MV95 says

    There's that stupid word "reboot" again

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
    The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.
    gasp! What about "Sentinel Prime" and "Battle"?

  8. megatroptimus's Avatar megatroptimus says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Securis View Post
    I do have all tracks from all 3 movies.
    TF1: 80 tracks
    TF2: 110 tracks
    TF3: 82 tracks

    That's not even counting the alternate versions that ended up on promotional scores and the official cds.

    Sentinel is good, yeah.

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