Chris Bacon burst onto the film scoring scene with his full throttled score for Duncan Jones’s hit thriller Source Code. “From the point that I could start thinking about what I wanted to do when I grew up,” says Chris Bacon, “it was always to write movie music.” Having cut his teeth as a protégé—orchestrating, co-composing, and writing additional music—of James Newton Howard (on films like Gnomeo and Juliet and King Kong), Bacon made his solo debut with the score for Angels Fall and hasn’t looked back. He gave animated accompaniments to Space Chimps and Alpha and Omega, and composed the dramatic score for the war documentary High Ground produced by Don Hahn. Chris also wrote the underscore for the second half of NBC’s Smash season one, which earned him his first Emmy Award Nomination. Chris recently received his second Emmy Award Nomination on Bates Motel for best Original Dramatic Score for a Series. He has also contributed additional music to David O. Russell’s Academy Award nominated American Hustle, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, Paddington produced by David Heyman, and Sony Picture’s Goosebumps. His most recent work this year includes Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie. Upcoming for Chris is the Amazon reboot The Tick directed by Wally Pfister, starring Jackie Earle Haley and ABC’s TV drama When We Rise starring Guy Pearce and Mary-Louise Parker.
Bacon grew up in Utah, learning playing piano and saxophone before studying music composition in college. He moved to L.A. to attend USC’s film scoring program, which resulted in his apprenticeship with Howard. “It comes back to instinct,” he says of his process, “and for better or worse, following my ears.”