The film composer discusses his vast body of work, including Blade Runner 2049, Shazam and Hellboy.
Golden Globe®, BAFTA®, GRAMMY®, and Emmy® nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch has provided the scores for over 75 films, has released 25 albums of his own material, performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and collaborated with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Herbie Hancock, and Pharell. The prolific composer’s film work spans the genres of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, classical romance, historical drama, psychological thriller, documentary and all that fall in between. It’s no easy task tackling such a variety of genres and imprinting them with your signature, but such versatility is where Wallfisch excels. His most recent additions to his repertoire are the old-school superhero romp Shazam!, demonic comic book anti-hero reboot Hellboy, and six-part nature documentary Hostile Planet. These three films could not be more disparate, and thusly a perfect snapshot of Wallfisch’s career. Today, the London-born composer speaks with Vivian about the sources of inspiration for these scores and how he manages to oscillate between genres with such ease.