Residence: United States of America
: (updated 2011-03-17)
For as long as he can remember, Chris Bacon has loved movies and loved music. In his earliest thoughts about what he wanted to be when he grew up, he decided that he would someday combine those two passions into a career as a film composer. While there is no direct path to that destination, he began making decisions that he hoped would lead towards that goal, studying and digesting every type of music he could. With a strong background in jazz, classical, and popular music, he developed a versatile musical voice early on.
Chris attended Brigham Young University where he received his undergraduate degree in music composition in 2003. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles where he attended USC and completed the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program. It was there that he met James Newton Howard for the first time, and after graduating in 2005, with some fortunate timing and a much-appreciated recommendation, Chris started working for James as a full-time assistant. While he gained much from his formal education, it was during his time with James that he really began learning the craft that is film scoring. In his four years with Mr. Howard, Chris performed tasks ranging from brewing coffee and picking up lunch, to conducting large orchestras and producing recording sessions for James’ scores, with occasional opportunities to contribute additional music where appropriate.
In 2007, James recommended Chris to Barry Sonnenfeld who was looking for a composer for the animated film Space Chimps. This became his first solo credit feature film, and continued him along the path towards his decades-long goal of becoming a film composer. In 2009, Chris branched out from under James’ full-time umbrella, but continues to maintain a collaborative relationship with Mr. Howard, and will be forever grateful for his example and generosity.
As a composer, Chris has had the opportunity to work with some tremendous and inspiring filmmakers, including Barry Sonnenfeld and Kirk Dimicco (Space Chimps), Don Hahn and Peter Schneider (Waking Sleeping Beauty), Taylor Hackford (Love Ranch), RickRich (Alpha and Omega), Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet), and Duncan Jones (Source Code).
He remains passionate about music and movies, and feels very fortunate to be able to make a career out of doing what he loves.