In conjunction with Lakeshore Records, Sparks & Shadows brings you Bear McCreary’s indie-epic score to Colossal, a movie about Gloria (Anne Hathaway) as an out-of-work party girl who finds herself in relationship trouble, and moves back to her tiny hometown to get her life back on track. Meanwhile, a larger-than-life creature begins attacking Seoul, South Korea on a nightly basis, captivating spectators around the world. One night, Gloria is horrified to discover that her every move at a local playground is being mimicked on a catastrophic scale by the rampaging beast.
“I chose to focus the music entirely on Gloria,” explained McCreary. “We witness the fantastic events through her eyes, so I generally chose to score her reaction to the events, rather than the events themselves.”
McCreary took an unusual approach to working on the film – he started at the end. “It was vitally important that the score deliver an epic, soaring finale, without overpowering or destroying the tone of the film. The last 12 minutes of the film was the first thing I wrote. Once the final reel was approved by the director and studio it was an easier process to reverse engineer the rest of the score.”