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Bear McCreary

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Born
Bear McCreary

February 17, 1979 (age 35)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Occupations
Composer, musician
Years active
1998-present
Residence
Los Angeles, California, USA
Education
Bellingham High School (Bellingham, Washington)


Bachelor of Music in Composition

at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Bear McCreary (born February 17, 1979 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American composer and musician living in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for composing the music for the rebooted Battlestar Galactica TV series, The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Da Vinci's Demons and Defiance. McCreary won an Emmy for his score on Da Vinci's Demons and a Composers Choice Awards from ASCAP. McCreary he recently composed the music for the TV shows Outlander and Intruders and the upcoming show NBC's upcoming show Constantine. Bear McCreary was a close friend of the composer Elmer Bernstein. Bear McCreary composed the musical score for Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. He also had a cameo in the film as a walk-on zombie. McCreary's are releasing his score for Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie as a digital soundtrack album through his personal label Sparks and Shadows on September 2, 2014, the same day the film is released on video-on-demand.

Work on Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Bear McCreary have admitted before that he is a big fan of James Rolfe and the Angry Video Game Nerd webshow. When McCreary reached out to Rolfe to ask if he could help coming up with some original music for the show, he got an email back that said he could "submit a theme song cover to this email address." McCreary wrote back, insisting on writing an original score for Rolfe. After going back and forth through email, Rolfe eventually sent McCreary the rough cut of his 2010 AVGN Christmas special, which was made a parody of the old Chuck Jones cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and McCreary said yes to creating a score for the episode. McCreary had found some time between his work on Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead, and he quickly came up with a score that had jazz and 8-bit tunes. He also took lyrics that Rolfe had written and his friend, a singer and musician named Doug Lacy, perform the song. Rolfe have talked about how with music you mostly get either quality or speed, and in his opinion McCreary gave him both. Eventually, when it came time to film Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, Rolfe approached McCreary about composing the music for the film, to which he said yes. McCreary found inspiration for the main theme song in John WIlliams' scores, especially the theme song to Indiana Jones, titled "The Raiders' March". He also found inspiration for the music in one of his own projects, Dark Void Zero, which he had written and produced modern, updated 8 and 16-bit pieces for. The film also features rock jams writen and performed by Brendan McCreary and his band. Bear McCreary was not given a lot of time to work on the music for the film, and in the short timeframe he had he came up with a surprisingly grand and elaborate score. McCreary is currently in the process on improving and making the score bigger in time for the video-on-demand, DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the film.

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