This week I had the opportunity to talk to multi-Emmy winning composer Sean Callery, who is currently nominated for his 13th Emmy Award, for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for Sky Living’s Elementary. This nomination makes Callery one of the most Emmy-nominated television composers.
Sean shows no signs of slowing as he continues to work on the third season of Channel 4’s award-winning drama Homeland, the second season of Sherlock Holmes-inspired drama series Elementary, and the ninth season of Sky Living’s Bones, the longest-running procedural drama on US network Fox. He is also set to score the highly anticipated 24: Live Another Day, due in April 2014.
Known for composing suspense-driven scores on the smash hit series 24, Callery earned 9 Emmy nominations throughout the course of the show, which ran for 8 seasons and also included the 2008 TV movie 24: Redemption. Of those nods, he won Emmys for Outstanding Music Composition 3 times. Callery was also nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for Homeland. In 2011, Callery scored another Emmy nomination for The Kennedys, an eight-part mini-series that starred Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. In 1993, Callery was a sound editor on the brilliant Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series.
Callery’s other TV projects include Medium, La Femme Nikita, The Finder, and many others. His film work includes composing the music for the 2011 Tibetan film documentary, Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has also recently completed scoring the independent film Small Time, directed and written by 24 co-creator Joel Surnow, and starring Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris, True Blood’s Christopher Meloni, and Blue Blood’s Bridget Moynahan.
Callery has conducted his own works, most recently with the Tenerife Film Orchestra and Choir at the Fimucite International Film Music festival on the Canary Islands, Spain. In 2012, Callery participated in the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker, a composer who scored many of Walt Disney’s films. Callery was a featured composer who spearheaded the workshop dedicated to Hollywood film scoring.
Geektown Podcast 05: Interview with Composer Sean Callery
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