Team Composing with Shirley Walker


Go behind the scores with pioneering Composer / Orchestrator / Conductor Shirley Walker. From her groundbreaking work as composer of such film scores as Final Destination, Mystery men, Escape from L.A., and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, to her TV scores for The Others, the Batman and Superman animated series, and Spawn, Shirley Walker has developed a signature, high-energy, big-action style.

She recalls her first big break as a synthesist on Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 feature Apocalypse Now and discusses her highly-respected work as an orchestrator / conductor on such films as A League of Their Own, True Lies, and Defending Your Life, among many more.

Meet Shirley Walker’s team of composers, with whom she won this year’s Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for Batman Beyond:

  • Michael McCuistion
  • Lolita Ritmanis
  • Kristopher Carter

Get inside the team composing concept as they discuss their uniquely successful collaborations. They discuss how are the projects divided, whether certain composers have particular specialties, and how changes in the industry affect how they approach their work.

Recorded October 2001.

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