- Peter Graff
(b Riverside, NJ, Oct 10, 1967). American film, television, and video game composer. Giacchino initially began his formal studies in film production at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Upon graduating in 1990, he worked for Universal Studios’ publicity department and later with Disney, which encouraged his musical training at the Juilliard School and the University of California, Los Angeles. While working as an assistant producer at Disney Interactive, Giacchino began submitting compositions for the video games being produced by the Disney subdivision. His subsequent work in video games includes two successful franchises, Medal of Honor (1999, 2002, 2007) and Call of Duty (2003, 2004, 2008), as well as two Jurassic Park games (1997, 1999)—a title he would revisit in 2015 for Jurassic World. The score to DreamWorks’ The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) was revolutionary in the video game industry for its use of live orchestral recordings instead of synthesizers, which had been the custom. His video game music eventually captured the attention of J.J. Abrams, who offered him work on ...