• Pterodactyl
  • Film

  • Commentary

    This was my first film for Commando director Mark Lester. It’s filled with long action scenes and, well, pterodactyls.

    The film is a large-scale, multi-character, action/horror movie, so the score reflects that. I put together a huge orchestral palette with a fair amount of live brass and lots of percussion, and bashed away for over 80 minutes with a turnaround of about nine days. The writing style is often indicative of more traditional European schools of early 20th century composition, the composers whose works I devoured in school. I don’t always get to write like I did for this piece, especially for television.