Birthday: September 12, 1957 Birth
Place: Frankfurt, Germany Height: 0' 0"
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An innovator in the use of computer-synthesized soundtracks, world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer pioneered the successful integration of digital synthesizers, advanced computer technology, and electronic keyboards with traditional orchestral music.The German-born Zimmer began his career writing advertising jingles before teaming up with Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes as the Buggles to produce the smash single "Video Killed the Radio Star" and the subsequent album The Age of Plastic. Following a meeting with film composer Stanley Myers, the two set up the Lillie Yard Studio in London and began collaborating on a number of film soundtracks, including Jerzy Skolimowski's Moonlighting (1982), Nicholas Roeg's Insignificance (1985), and Stephen Frears' widely acclaimed My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). Zimmer's career hit a turning point when, based on the strength of his score for the South African film A World Apart, he was asked to write the score for Rain Man (1988). His work on the film earned him an Academy award nomination, and he subsequently found himself scoring an increasing number of high-profile films, including Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Days of Thunder (1990), Backdraft (1991), and Thelma & Louise (1991). In 1994, Zimmer had his greatest critical success to date with his score for The Lion King, which won both Academy and Golden Globe awards. Two years later, he was again nominated for an Oscar for his work on As Good as It Gets, and in 1998, he was twice nominated for the Academy's Best Original Dramatic Score honor for his work on The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt. Zimmer's Academy run continued in 2000 as he was nominated for Best Original Score for his work on Gladiator.
Co-founder (with Jay Rifkin) of Santa Monica-based music studio Media Ventures (now Remote Control), which has housed composers Mark Mancina, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Nick Glennie-Smith, John Powell, Trevor Jones, Klaus Badelt, Steve Jablonsky, Geoff Zanelli, Jeff Rona, James Michael Dooley, Henning Lohner, James S. Levine, Mel Wesson, and several other composers from all over the world.
Frequently works with director Ridley Scott.
December 2003 - Hans' longtime business partner, Jay Rifkin, filed a million suit against him for conspiring to take business for himself. Due to this lawsuit Media Ventures changed its name to Remote Control
In 2000 Gladiator became into one of the best selling film score albums of all time.
One of his biggest fans (after first hearing Crimson Tide) is director and producer Steven Spielberg, whose friendship and loyalty toward John Williams is perhaps the only reason why Zimmer has not become a regular for Spielberg-directed films.
The Last Samurai marked his 100th score.
Inspired by Ennio Morricone's The Mission.
His music is heavily used in trailers.
He wrote music for a a 4-minute Maybach commercial.
His favorite movie theme of all time is from "Assault On Precinct 13" by John Carpenter.
Fans and industry insiders in the film music world credit Crimson Tide as a turning point in both his career and the scoring business. The Grammy-winning score, often heard in trailers since, was a departure from the norm, making use of digital synthesizers, electronic keyboards, and the latest computer technology to digitally produce a rousing score with traditional orchestral arrangements.
The reason why he was chosen for the Lauras Stern movie, cause in an interview he said that he feels that German producers forgot him for composing to a German language movie. One of the producers read the interview and he immediately asked him to do the movie.
Completely self-taught, he learned everything he knows through collaboration and experimenting.
He pushes collaboration between composers because that is how he learned. Every composer that has come out of Media Ventures learned by working with him on various scores by conducting, writing additional music, or even co-composing with him. Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Mark Mancina, Klaus Badelt, and Steve Jablonksy are just a few composers who are now doing solo work after expanding from Media Ventures.
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