Mark Isham: “The story will tell me what the best way is to start writing my film score”

American film composer Mark Isham (b. 1951) began his career in films nearly four decades ago when he scored Carroll Ballard’s long-forgotten and highly underestimated “Never Cry Wolf” (1983). Since then, the Primetime Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner, who was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, has worked with august filmmakers such as Robert Altman, Gillian Armstrong, Kathryn Bigelow, Brian De Palma, Mike Figgis, Jodie Foster, William Friedkin, Paul Haggis, Werner Herzog, Sidney Lumet, Peter Medak, Robert Redford, Karel Reisz, Kevin Reynolds, Barbet Schroeder and Irwin Winkler. He scored eight films for Alan Rudolph, three for Gavin O’Connor and Gary Fleder, and two for Paul Haggis.

His outstanding musical voice can be heard in numerous memorable scores and films. No matter what film genre, his enormous body of work demonstrates his ability to amaze the listener with his talent whenever he creates evocative and inspiring musical worlds.

Robert Redford, with whom he made “A River Runs Through It” (1992), “Quiz Show” (1994), “Lions for Lambs” (2007) and “The Conspirator” (2010), once said, ‘Mark is a man who really lives his craft. One of the most attractive features about him is that he knows how to keep things simple. I like music that is subtle but still supports the drama and is there for a reason, and Mark did that so beautifully.’

Last month, Film Fest Ghent welcomed this versatile American musician, trumpeter, keyboardist and film composer as a guest of honor for its 22nd edition of the World Soundtrack Awards at the Bijloke Concert Hall. After being invited, Mr. Isham responded by saying, ‘I am very grateful to be honored by the WSA this year. This is such a highly respected organization that does so much to support and promote the art of film composition. It will be a great treat to perform and take part in all of the events.’

Mark Isham during the World Sountrack Awards ceremony at Film Fest Ghent in Belgium | Jeroen Willems/Film Fest Ghent

The following interview with this high-profile and very productive film composer was conducted at Film Fest Ghent, where he talked about his long and rewarding career, his craft and his working methods.

Mr. Isham, it’s been many years since you scored “Never Cry Wolf.” What’s the secret of being so successful all those years?

I don’t think there’s any secret. It’s just hard work, and I love doing it. I put in a lot of time. It’s that simple.

How does the process work for you, from the moment you get involved in a project?

When I accept a job, I watch the film. Sometimes I get hired before there’s a film to look at, and that’s not so easy for me, to write a score with just a script because I love to watch the images, I like to see the colors, the ambiance of that universe. What is that world that this director is creating? What sound expresses that, what sound belongs there, what sound is a part of that world? So it’s really a sense of getting that sound. If it’s an electronic score, I will design and do sounds. Just one note—what does a G sound like in that world? If it’s a more traditional score and I know it needs and will benefit from traditional instruments, then what instrument is it, or do I just start with the piano and do a beautiful melody first? The story will tell me what the best way is to start writing my film score.

Is the film director your most important collaborator, or maybe the editor, or the music editor too?

If differs on every project. Most of the time, it is the director. He has the vision, that’s the vision you need to duplicate and be a part of—he’s the team leader. But every film has a slightly different dynamic of personnel; sometimes there is a very strong producer who has a lot of opinions and is a partner with the director, or is controlling the director as I observed in some cases. Other times—yes, you mentioned the editor—there is a very strong editor who puts music in himself, let’s say. That happens more and more, I’ve seen in the last five years or so. Picture editors love to cut to music and they will first ask for a temporary score. In that case, it’s definitely in my best interest to get to know the picture editor, his opinions and his reasons for making choices, and see how the relation between the director and the picture editor is. And sometimes there is a very strong music editor, but not always. So it changes with every project.

In the end, do you usually have total autonomy over your work?

No [laughs]. I mean, I feel that I can stay in control of the score and I don’t let anything out of my world into their world unless I know that I approve and love it, and think it is correct. I don’t give them anything that I have second thoughts about. So in that sense, yes, I control the score. Am I a part of the team? Yes. Do I respond to others’ opinions, do I find the groove, dynamic opinion and fit myself into that to be an effective team player? Yes. Do I try and offer perhaps unique solutions that are of my creation? Yes. But ultimately, the director and the producers are the leaders of this team and they will have a final say, and there are even people above them—in a lot of cases the studio and the people with the chequebook. So we’re all working from that point of view.

What is the first thing that you give your directors when you’re at work? Demos?

Yes, I demo the entire score and they sound like the real thing. I have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into a studio, into samples and computers, and I have the ability—as do most film composers—to present a score almost like it will sound by the end of the day. Many filmmakers don’t trust themselves enough to understand music or know what it will sound like if you just give them a piano demo. So all of us invest in a lot of technology to make really good-sounding demos that sound almost as good as the real thing. Sometimes I bring musicians in, so I can do the whole score in my studio if I have to.

Do you know who was the first one to do that?

Hans Zimmer was the first one to do it really well. I saw what he was doing, and I thought, ‘I’d better learn how to do that, or else I’ll be out of work’ [laughs]. And now everybody does that.

How did you begin with your studio?

In the beginning and when I was young, I was in the bedroom, on the bed. It took the mattress off and put the gear on the bed. Now I have a building, but it took me many, many years to get there. But you can do it in a very small space, if necessary. The technology these days is remarkable; you can do it on a laptop.

“A River Runs Through It” (1992, trailer)

Are there scores of yours that you consider your proudest achievements?

Oh my goodness [laughs]. “A River Runs Through It” [1992] is a beautiful score that stood the test of time. “The Black Dahlia” [2006] is a beautiful score too. I also love the score I wrote for a television series, called “American Crime” [2015-2016]. But it’s like picking your favorite child, you can’t do that.

You did “The Black Dahlia” for Brian De Palma, but you have the distinction to have worked with numerous wonderful filmmakers. Could you talk about Sidney Lumet and “Night Falls on Manhattan” [1996], because he hardly used any music in his films. Do you remember the first time you met him?

I remember very distinctly. I don’t know if he had hired me yet; he said, ‘Right now, this film has very little music in it, and several of my films have no music at all. So this could be my next.’ He didn’t know if he needed any music. If you look at his style—he was not overly musical, but when he used music, it was right to the point. And I think we ended up with thirteen minutes of music. He was a very gracious and, obviously, immensely talented film director. A real gentleman and a fantastic storyteller.

So are you, since you also give a voice to your films; you tell the story from your point of view.

I think a lot of composers—so-called classical composers, I think that’s the right definition—like to write programmatic music that tells a story, but a film composer has to do that. That’s his job. And it has to be exact, like right now, when it happens. It’s an interesting skill. I love it because it demands that you learn about the language of music. If you have to express utter joy and then two minutes and seventeen seconds later it has to go to tragedy and utter despair, that’s a skill to be able to get there aesthetically and musically in a way that it feels natural and tells that story. I find that doing that, year after year, just taught me more and more about the language of music, and how to tell the story with that language. Certain demands teach you what you didn’t know the day before, and I love that. That’s maybe the answer to your first question—what’s the secret? Well, that’s part of it, for me: I always keep learning more and more about music, and I think the most sublime language we have is culture.

Since film is all about emotions, and music is all about emotions, you have to combine both of them. How difficult is it to come up each time with something that’s different from all the other work you have done?

That’s exactly what makes the profession of film composers a joy and a challenge. Each film is different and with his story, the director is looking for this unique point in time; I take it as a challenge to find a unique sound to make it match that.

“Night Falls on Manhattan” (1996, trailer)

Did you ever turn down any offers because you couldn’t relate to the subject or maybe you couldn’t find what was necessary musically?

[Long pause] No, I don’t think I have. People have chosen me or asked me to work with them because they see that connection, so I think everything that I have accepted has been the right connection.

When are you satisfied with the score that you wrote?

I usually have those moments when I’m all by myself, at three or five o’clock in the morning, when I’ve been there for a long time. Because I make demos, I can play them back against the picture. Then I stop being a composer and become the audience—by myself—and watch, and I can have those experiences like, ‘That’s good, you did good on that. That’s working’ [laughs]. Then I feel that I have achieved in myself what I want to achieve for others, and I have the confidence to put it out into the world.

What was for you the best training ground you had in your formative years?

I just did it. I am completely self-taught, I’ve never gone to school. I lasted three months in college. I was writing a lot of music for myself and some of that fell into the hands of a film director who said, ‘I really like that music. Would you write a film score?’ Little did I know what it would take to do that. The first one took me four and a half months, and I learned how to do it by doing it. Very fortunately, I had a very patient director who believed in me and he let me take the time; he worked with me. I would start in the morning and he would come by at seven or eight o’clock at night to see the results of the day’s work, and we made our way through the film. So I have been very fortunate in that sense to work with people that believed in me and gave me that opportunity.

Your body of work is incredible. Do you have any time left to do something else other than writing film scores?

[Laughs] I have time. I am very happily married and I have four children. I went to all their football games when they were young. Even though they’re grown, they still live at home. We have this big house with two music studios, two film studios and an art studio. So the children stay at home because it’s a beautiful place to live. We’re all artists and we all have these big family dinners, so that’s all good. What I try to put some time in, is to continue to play the trumpet. That has fallen away, but I’m practicing again and I hope to do more concerts. I enjoy that.

But other than that, I suppose you’re a film composer who works efficiently and very fast?

I’m not slow, I can write quickly. That’s just experience; I can cut to the chase. If I think about a project, if I can really do my homework, talk to the director and if I understand what he wants, and we talk about the temporary music that they have put in the film, if I understand why they like it and I’ve done all that homework, then—composing-wise—I can get where I need to go pretty quickly. The only time I make a mistake is if I don’t do that homework, if I don’t communicate. Then I miss a concept in the filmmaker’s world.

How much or how little time do you need to write a score?

That depends on the number of minutes of the score. At a certain point, you’re building a wall and you have to put a number of bricks in the wall. Some scores are twenty-five minutes long, others are ninety-five minutes long. And ninety-five minutes of music, that’s a project; that takes a very long time to write, and sometimes we have to do that. That can take months. A twenty-five-minute score I can do in three weeks.

Considering your film output, I suppose you also work on different projects at the same time?

Yes. That can be a challenge. Sometimes I divide it up, like working on something three days in a row. Depending on the deadlines, it can be a half day-half day.

Do you have a favorite time of the day to write your score?

I do. But it has changed over the years. Before I had children, it would be the night shift and I would start at about ten or eleven in the morning. The golden hour would be between, let’s say between eight PM and two AM; then it’s very quiet, nothing there. But then you have children and it changes. If I have deadlines now and I need the golden hour, I would get up early in the morning and start at about five AM. Between five and ten in the morning, I get a tremendous amount of work done.

“The Black Dahlia” (2006, trailer)

And when do you start sending your music to the director, editor,…?

I like to do fifteen or twenty minutes of the score—the highlights, you know. I don’t start at the beginning usually; I start with the most important scene. Maybe I might do a less important scene first, just to get warmed up. When I was younger, it was hard for me to confront the most important scene right away and I would first write other stuff until I thought, ‘Oh, I still got the most important scenes and I only got a week left’ [laughs]. So I don’t do that anymore. I try to confront the major parts of the score, the hardest, the ones that express what this story is all about, and get that under my belt. And so, with that first pass, I like to have chosen enough spots that represent to the filmmaker, ‘This is your score, these are your themes, and this is the way it’s gonna travel across the story.’

The way you talk about your craft so beautifully, you make it sound so easy.

[Laughs] Well, you know, after all those years I don’t consider it hard. It just takes time. It does take time. I need the time to do it correctly.

Are you familiar with the work of the old masters, like Max Steiner or Franz Waxman?

I’m certainly aware of them and there are certain scores that I know, but as I told you, I didn’t go to school for this, I never studied film music. So can I give you precise examples? No, I’m afraid I can’t. Obviously, the ones I do know better are Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry, the generation just before me. I had the chance to meet them both and that was a great pleasure. But part of me preserves my own view on it and I don’t listen to a lot of other film music. I do occasionally, just to make sure I’m not missing a trend so that when directors talk to me and say, ‘Oh, I just heard that score and I want that!’—I understand what they’re saying and I need to know what they’re talking about. But I also like to preserve my world, and if you’re coming to me, then I can give you something that’s not just a potpourri of what’s happening now. I can preserve to a certain degree my own point of view because that is why you come to me.

Film Fest Ghent, Belgium
October 21, 2022


NEVER CRY WOLF (1983) DIR Carroll Ballard PROD Lewis Allen, Jack Couffer, Joseph Strick SCR Curtis Hanson, Richard Kletter, Sam Hamm (book “Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves” [1963] by Farley Mowat) CAM Hiro Narita ED Peter Parasheles, Michael Chandler MUS Mark Isham CAST Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah, Hugh Webster, Martha Ittimangnaq

MRS. SOFFEL (1984) DIR Gilliam Armstrong PROD Scott Rubin, Edgar J. Scherik SCR Ron Nyswaner CAM Russell Boyd ED Nicholas Beauman MUS Mark Isham CAST Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, Matthew Modine, Edward Herrmann, Trini Alvarado, Jennifer Dundas, Danny Corkill, Harley Cross, Terry O’Quinn

TROUBLE IN MIND (1985) DIR – SCR Alan Rudolph PROD David Blocker, Carolyn Pfeiffer CAM Toyomichi Kurita ED Tom Walls MUS Mark Isham CAST Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Lori Singer, Genevieve Bujold, Joe Morton, Divine, George Kirby, John Considine, Dirk Blocker, Albert Hall

THE HITCHER (1986) DIR Robert Harmon PROD David Bombyk, Kip Ohman SCR Eric Red CAM John Seale ED Frank J. Urioste MUS Mark Isham CAST Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, John M. Jackson, Billy Green Bush, Jack Thibeau, Armin Shimerman, Henry Darrow

MADE IN HEAVEN (1987) DIR Alan Rudolph PROD Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans, David Blocker SCR Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans CAM Jan Kiesser ED Tom Walls MUS Mark Isham CAST Timothy Hutton, Kelly McGillis, Maureen Stapleton, Ann Wedgeworth, James Gammon, Mare Winningham, Don Murray, Tim Daly, Amanda Plummer, John Considine, Mark Isham, Debra Winger, Ellen Barkin

THE MODERNS (1988) DIR Alan Rudolph PROD David Blocker, Carolyn Pfeiffer SCR Alan Rudolph, Jon Bradshaw CAM Toyomichi Kurita ED Debra T. Smith, Scott Brock MUS Mark Isham CAST Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Geneviève Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. O’Connor, John Lone

THE BEAST OF WAR, a.k.a. THE BEAST (1988) DIR Kevin Reynolds PROD John Fiedler SCR William Mastrosimone (also play “Nənawā́te”) CAM Douglas Milsome ED Peter Boyle MUS Mark Isham CAST George Dzundza, Jason Patric, Steven Bauer, Stephen Baldwin, Don Harvey, Kabir Bedi, Erick Avari, Chaim Jeraffi

EVERYBODY WINS (1990) DIR Karel Reisz PROD Jeremy Thomas SCR Arthur Miller (also one-act play “Some Kind of Love Story” [1984]) CAM Ian Baker ED John Bloom MUS Mark Isham CAST Nick Nolte, Debra Winger, Will Patton, Judith Ivey, Kathleen Wilhoite, Jack Warden, Frank Converse, Frank Military

LOVE AT LARGE (1990) DIR – SCR Alan Rudolph PROD David Blocker CAM Elliot Davis ED Lisa Zeno Churgin MUS Mark Isham CAST Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer, Kate Capshaw, Annette O’Toole, Ted Levine, Ann Magnuson, Kevin J. O’Connor, Ruby Dee, Barry Miller, Neil Young

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (1990) DIR Barbet Schroeder PROD Oliver Stone, Edward R. Pressman SCR Nicholas Kazan (book by Alan M. Dershowitz) CAM Luciano Tovoli ED Lee Percy MUS Mark Isham CAST Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra, Uta Hagen, Fisher Stevens, Jack Gilpin, Christine Baranski

MORTAL THOUGHTS (1992) DIR Alan Rudolph PROD John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov SCR Claude Kerven, William Reilly CAM Elliot Davis ED Tom Walls MUS Mark Isham CAST Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, John Pankow, Harvey Keitel, Billie Neal, Frank Vincent, Karen Shallo, Crystal Field, Marianne Leone

CROOKED HEARTS (1991) DIR Michael Bortman PROD Dale Pollock, Rick Stevenson, Gil Friesen SCR Michael Bortman (novel “Crooked Hearts” [1990] by Robert Boswell) CAM Tak Fujimoto ED Richard Francis-Bruce MUS Mark Isham CAST Vincent D’Onofrio, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Pete Berg, Cindy Pickett, Juliette Lewis, Noah Wyule, Peter Coyote, Wendy Gazelle, Marg Helgenberger

POINT BREAK (1991) DIR Kathryn Bigelow PROD Robert L. Levy, Joseph Newton Cohen, Peter Abrams SCR W. Peter Iliff (story by W. Peter Iliff, Rick King) CAM Donald Peterman ED Howard E. Smith MUS Mark Isham CAST Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James Le Gros, John Philbin, Bojesse Christopher

LITTLE MAN TATE (1991) DIR Jodie Foster PROD Scott Rubin, Peggy Rajski SCR Scott Frank CAM Mike Southon ED Lynzee Klingman MUS Mark Isham CAST Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Michael Shulman, Nathan Lee, Celia Weston, Danitra Vance, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Mostel, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Balaban

BILLY BATHGATE (1991) DIR Robert Benton PROD Arlene Donovan, Robert F. Colesberry SCR Tom Stoppard (novel “Billy Bathgate” [1989] by E.L. Doctorow) CAM Nestór Almendros ED Robert M. Reitano, Alan Heim, David Ray MUS Mark Isham CAST Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Loren Dean, Bruce Willis, Steven Hill, Steve Buscemi, Billy Jaye, John Costelloe, Stanley Tucci

A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (1992) DIR Keith Gordon PROD Bill Borden, Dale Pollock SCR Keith Gordon (novel “A Midnight Clear” [1982] by William Wharton) CAM Tom Richmond ED Don Brochu MUS Mark Isham CAST Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Cross, Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Frank Whaley, John C. McGinley, Larry Joshua

COOL WORLD (1992, live action/animated) DIR Ralph Bakshi PROD Frank Mancuso Jr. SCR Mark Victor, Michael Grais CAM John A. Alonzo ED Annamaria Szanto, Steve Mirkovich MUS Mark Isham CAST Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne, Brad Pitt, Janni Brenn, Michele Abrams, Carrie Hamilton, Kevin L. Jackson, Frank Sinatra Jr.

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992) DIR Robert Redford PROD Robert Redford, Amalia Mato, Patrick Markey SCR Richard Friedenberg (story by Norman Maclean) CAM Philippe Rousselot ED Lynzee Klingman, Robert Estrin MUS Mark Isham CAST Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, Edie McClurgh, Stephen Shellen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

THE PUBLIC EYE (1992) DIR – SCR Howard Franklin PROD Sue Baden-Powell CAM Peter Suschitzky ED Evan A. Lottman MUS Mark Isham CAST Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Healy, Richard Riehle, David Gianopoulos, Kevin Dorsey, Gerry Becker, Richard Foronjy, Louie Lanciloti

OF MICE AND MEN (1992) DIR Gary Sinise PROD Gary Sinise, Russell Smith SCR Horton Foote (novel “Of Mice and Men” [1937] by John Steinbeck) CAM Kenneth MacMillan ED Robert L. Sinise MUS Mark Isham CAST John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko, Sherilyn Fenn, John Terry, Richard Riehle, Alexis Arquette, Joe Morton

NOWHERE TO RUN (1993) DIR Robert Harmon PROD Craig Baumgarten, Gary Adelson SCR Joe Eszterhas, Randy Feldman, Leslie Bohem (story by Joe Eszterhas, Richard Marquand) CAM David Gribble ED Mark Helfrich, Zach Staenberg MUS Mark Isham CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin, Ted Levine, Tiffany Taubman, Edward Blatchford, Anthony Starke, Joss Ackland

FIRE IN THE SKY (1993) DIR Robert Lieberman PROD Joe Wizan, Todd Black SCR Tracy Tormé (book “The Walton Experience” by Travis Walton) CAM Bill Pope ED Steve Mirkovich MUS Mark Isham CAST D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, Henry Thomas, Bradley Gregg, Noble Willingham, Kathleen Wilhoite, James Garner, Travis Walton

MADE IN AMERICA (1993) DIR Richard Benjamin PROD Michael Douglas, Rick Bieber, Arnon Milchan SCR Holly Goldberg Sloan (story by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Nadine Schiff, Marcia Brandwynne) CAM Ralph D. Bode ED Jacqueline Cambas MUS Mark Isham CAST Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Will Smith, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, Jennifer Tilly, Peggy Rae

SHORT CUTS (1993) DIR Robert Altman PROD Cary Brokaw SCR Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt CAM Walt Lloyd ED Suzy Elmiger, Geraldine Peroni MUS Mark Isham CAST Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Jack Lemmon, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Joseph C. Hopkins, Robert Downey Jr., Madeliene Stowe, Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Frances McDermond, Peter Gallagher, Lori Singer, Buck Henry, Huey Lewis

ROMEO IS BLEEDING (1993) DIR Peter Medak PROD Paul Webster, Hilary Henkin SCR Hilary Henkin CAM Dariusz Wolski ED Walter Murch MUS Mark Isham CAST Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Juliette Lewis, Will Patton, Annabella Sciorra, Roy Scheider, Ron Perlman, Dennis Farina, Neal Jones

LOSING ISAIAH (1993) DIR Steven Gyllenhaal PROD Naomi Foner SCR Naomi Foner (novel by Seth Margolis) CAM Andrzej Bartkowiak ED Harvey Rosenstock MUS Mark Isham CAST Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr., Daisy Eagan, Marc John Jefferies, Samuel L. Jackson, Joie LeeRegina Taylor

THE GETAWAY (1994) DIR Roger Donaldson PROD Lawrence Turman, David Foster, John Alan Simon SCR Walter Hill, Amy Holden Jones (novel “The Getaway” [1958] by Jim Thompson) CAM Peter Menzies Jr. ED Conrad Buff IV MUS Mark Isham CAST Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen, James Woods, David Morse, Jennifer Tilly, James Stephens, Richard Farnsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE (1994) DIR Alan Rudolph PROD Robert Altman SCR Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn CAM Jan Kiesser ED Suzy Elmiger MUS Mark Isham CAST Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Broderick, Campbell Scott, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn, Martha Plimpton, Sam Robards, Nick Cassavetes, Stephen Baldwin, Stanley Tucci, Keith Carradine, Jon Favreau

THE BROWNING VERSION (1994) DIR Mike Figgis PROD Ridley Scott, Mimi Polk Gitlin SCR Ronald Harwood (play “The Browning Version” [1948] by Terence Rattigan) CAM Jean-François Robin ED Hervé Schneid MUS Mark Isham CAST Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Julian Sands, Michael Gambon, Ben Silverstone, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Beattie

TIMECOP (1994) DIR – CAM Peter Hyams PROD Sam Raimi, Moshe Diamant SCR Mark Verheiden (story by Mark Verheiden, Mike Richardson; comic series by Mark Verheiden, Mike Richardson) ED Steven Kemper MUS Mark Isham CAST Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill, Gloria Reuben, Scott Bellis, Jason Schombing, Scott Lawrence

QUIZ SHOW (1994) DIR Robert Redford PROD Robert Redford, Michael Nozik, Julian Krainin, Michael Jacobs SCR Paul Attanasio (based on the memoirs of Richard N. Goodwin) CAM Michael Ballhaus ED Stu Linder MUS Mark Isham CAST John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer, Hank Azaria, Christopher McDonald, Johann Carlo, Mira Sorvino, Martin Scorsese

NELL (1994) DIR Michael Apted PROD Jodie Foster, Renée Missel SCR Mark Handley, William Nicholson (play “Idioglossia” by Mark Handley) CAM Dante Spinotti ED Jim Clark MUS Mark Isham CAST Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini, Nick Searcy, Robin Mullins, Jeremy Davies, O’Neal Compton

SAFE PASSAGE (1994) DIR Robert Allan Ackerman PROD Gale Anne Hurd SCR Deena Goldstone (novel “Safe Passage” [1988] by Ellyn Bache) CAM Ralf D. Bode ED Rick Shaine MUS Mark Isham CAST Susan Sarandon, Sam Shepard, Marcia Gay Harden, Nick Stahl, Robert Sean Leonard, Sean Astin, Patricia Reeves, Rutanya Alda

MIAMI RHAPSODY (1995) DIR – SCR David Frankel PROD David Frankel, Barry Jossen CAM Jack Wallner ED Steven Weisberg MUS Mark Isham CAST Sarah Jessica Parker, Mia Farrow, Antonio Banderas, Gil Bellows, Carla Gugino, Paul Mazursky, Kevin Pollack, Naomi Campbell, Jeremy Piven, Barbara Garrick

THE NET (1995) DIR Irwin Winkler PROD Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan SCR John Brancato, Michael Ferris CAM Jack N. Green ED Richard Halsey, Jimmy Giritlian MUS Mark Isham CAST Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Baker, Wendy Gazelle, Ken Howard, Ray McKinnon, Daniel Schorr, L Scott Caldwell, Robert Gossett, Kristina Krofft, Julia Pearlstein, Juan Garcia, Tony Perez, Margo Winkler

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995) DIR Jodie Foster PROD Jodie Foster, Peggy Rajski SCR W.D. Richter (short story by Chris Radant) CAM Lajos Koltai ED Lynzee Klingman MUS Mark Isham CAST Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson, Claire Danes, David Strathairn

LAST DANCE (1996) DIR Bruce Beresford PROD Steven Haft SCR Ron Koslow (story by Ron Koslow, Steven Haft) CAM Peter James ED John Bloom MUS Mark Isham CAST Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher, Jack Thompson, Jayne Brook, Pamala Tyson, Skeet Ulrich, Don Harvey

FLY AWAY HOME (1996) DIR Carroll Ballard PROD Carol Baum, John Veitch SCR Vince McKewin, Robert Rodat (autobiography by Bill Lishman) CAM Caleb Deschanel ED Nicholas C. Smith MUS Mark Isham CAST Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham, Jeremy Ratchford, Deborah Verginella, Michael J. Reynolds

NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN (1996) DIR Sidney Lumet PROD Thom Mount, Josh Kramer SCR Sidney Lumet (novel “Tainted Evidence” [1993] by Robert Daley) CAM David Watkin ED Sam O’Steen MUS Mark Isham CAST Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, James Gandolfini, Ian Holm, Ron Leibman, Shiek Mahmud-Bey, Colm Feore

AFTERGLOW (1997) DIR – SCR Alan Rudolph PROD Robert Altman CAM Toyomichi Kurita ED Suzy Elminger MUS Mark Isham CAST Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johny Lee Miller, Jay Underwood, Domini Blythe, Yves Corbeil, Alan Fawcett, Michèle-Barbara Pelletier, France Castel, Genevieve Bissonnette

THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE (1997) DIR Richard Friedenberg PROD Jake Eberts SCR Richard Friedenberg (fictional memoir by Asa Earl Carter [Forrest Carter]) CAM Anastas N. Michos ED Jere Huggins, Wayne Wahrman MUS Mark Isham CAST James Cromwell, Joseph Ashton, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Mika Boorem, Christopher Heyerdahl, Christopher Fennell, Leni Parker

THE GINGERBREAD MAN (1998) DIR Robert Altman PROD Jeremy Tannenbaum SCR Clyde Hayes (story by John Grisham) CAM Changwei Gu ED Geraldine Peroni MUS Mark Isham CAST Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah, Tom Berenger, Robert Duvall, Famke Janssen, Mae Whitman

BLADE (1998) DIR Stephen Norrington PROD Wesley Snipes, Peter Frankfurt, Robert Engelman SCR David S. Goyer CAM Theo van de Sande ED Paul Rubell MUS Mark Isham CAST Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Arly Jover, Traci Lords, Kevin Patrick Walls

FREE MONEY (1998) DIR Yves Simoneau PROD Nicolas Clermont SCR Joseph Brutsman, Tony Peck CAM David Franco ED Yves Langlois MUS Mark Isham CAST Marlon Brando, Charlie Sheen, Thomas Haden Church, Donald Sutherland, Mira Sorvino, Martin Sheen, David Arquette, Jean Pierre Bergeron, Rémy Girard

AT FIRST SIGHT (1999) DIR Irwin Winkler PROD Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan SCR Steve Levitt (essay “To See and Not See” in “An Anthropoligist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales” [1995] by Oliver Sacks) CAM John Seale ED Julie Monroe MUS Mark Isham CAST Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, Steven Weber, Bruce Davison, Nathan Lane, Ken Howard, Margo Winkler, Drena De Niro

VARSITY BLUES (1999) DIR Brian Robbins PROD Brian Robbins, Tova Laiter SCR W. Peter Iliff CAM Chuck Cohen ED Ned Bastille MUS Mark Isham CAST James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan, Richard Lineback, Tiffany C. Love, Amy Smart, Eliel Swinton, Thomas F. Duffy

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS (1999) DIR Alan Rudolph PROD David Willis, David Blocker SCR Alan Rudolph (novel “Breakfast of Champions” [1973] by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.) CAM Elliot Davis ED Suzy Elmiger MUS Mark Isham CAST Bruce Willis, Albert Finney, Nick Nolte, Barbara Hershey, Glenne Headly, Lukas Haas, Omar Epps, Vicki Lewis, Buck Henry, Will Patton, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

OCTOBER SKY (1999) DIR Joe Johnston PROD Larry Franco, Charles Gordon SCR Lewis Colick (book “Rocket Boys” [1998] by Homer H. Hickam Jr.) CAM Fred Murphy ED Robert Dalva MUS Mark Isham CAST Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Natalie Canerday, Scott Thomas

BODY SHOTS (1999) DIR Michael Christopher PROD Jennifer Keohane, Harry Colomby SCR David McKenna CAM Rodrigo García ED Eric A. Sears MUS Mark Isham CAST Joe Basile, Scott Burkholder, Liz Coke, Allison Dunbar, Sean Patrick Flanery, Edmund Genest, Adam Lieberman, Mark Hicks, Larry Joshua, Elizabeth Liebel

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (2000) DIR William Friedkin PROD Richard D. Zanuck, Scott Rubin SCR Stephen Gaghan (story by Jim Webb) CAM William A. Fraker, Nicola Pecorini ED Augie Hess MUS Mark Isham CAST Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Greenwood, Anne Archer, Blair Underwood, Philip Baker Hall

WHERE THE MONEY IS (2000) DIR Marek Kanievska PROD Ridley Scott, Chris Zarpas, Charles Weinstock SCR E. Max Frye, Carroll Cartwright, Topper Lilien (story by E. Max Frye) CAM Thomas Burstyn ED Dan Lebental, Garth Craven, Samuel Craven MUS Mark Isham CAST Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino, Dermot Mulroney, Susan Barnes, Anne Pitoniak, Bruce McVittie

TRIXIE (2000) DIR Alan Rudolph PROD Robert Altman SCR Alan Rudolph (story by Alan Rudolph, John Binder) CAM Jan Kiesser ED John Helde, Michael Ruscio MUS Mark Isham, Roger Neill CAST Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Nolte, Nathan Lane, Brittany Murphy, Lesley Ann Warren, Will Patton, Stephen Lang, Mark Acheson, Vincent Gale

MEN OF HONOR (2000) DIR George Tillman Jr. PROD Robert Teitel, Bill Badalato SCR Scott Marshall Smith CAM Anthony B. Richmond ED John Carter, Dirk Westervelt MUS Mark Isham CAST Robert De Niro, Cubo Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook, Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe, David Keith

SAVE THE LAST DANCE (2001) DIR Thomas Carter PROD Robert W. Cort, David Madden SCR Duane Adler, Cheryl Edwards (story by Duane Adler) CAM Robbie Greenberg ED Jeff Canavan, Peter E. Berger, Fritz Feick MUS Mark Isham CAST Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr, Terry Kinney, Bianca Lawson, Vince Green, Garland Whitt

LIFE AS A HOUSE (2001) DIR Irwin Winkler PROD Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan SCR Mark Andrus CAM Vilmos Zsigmond ED Julie Monroe MUS Mark Isham CAST Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Mike Weinberg, Scotty Leavenworth, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Robards, Barry Primus, Margo Winkler

HARDBALL (2001) DIR Brian Robbins PROD Brian Robbins, Tina Nides SCR John Gatins (book “Hardball: A Season in the Projects” [1994] by Daniel Coyle) CAM Tom Richmond ED Ned Bastille MUS Mark Isham CAST Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne, Julian Griffith, Michael B. Jordan, A. Delon Ellis Jr.

DON’T SAY A WORD (2001) DIR Gary Fleder PROD Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Arnon Milchan SCR Anthony Peckham, Patrick Smith Kelly (novel “Don’t Say a Word” [1991] by Anthony Peckham) CAM Amir Mokri ED Armen Minasian, William Steinkamp MUS Mark Isham CAST Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Famke Janssen, Jennifer Esposito, Shawn Doyle, Oliver Platt

IMPOSTOR (2001) DIR Gary Fleder PROD Gary Fleder, Gary Sinise, Daniel Lupi, Marty Katz SCR Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, David Thowy (short story “The Impostor” by Philip K. Dick; adaptation by Scott Rosenberg) CAM Robert Elswit ED Armen Minasian, Bob Ducsay MUS Mark Isham CAST Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D’Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub, Tim Guinee, Mekhi Phifer, Lindsay Crouse, Elizabeth Peña

THE MAJESTIC (2001) DIR – PROD Frank Darabont SCR Michael Sloane CAM David Tattersall ED Jim Page MUS Mark Isham CAST Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook, Laurie Holden, David Ogden Stiers, James Whitmore, Susan Willis, Catherine Drent, Brian Howe

MOONLIGHT MILE (2002) DIR – SCR Brad Silberling PROD Brad Silberling, Mark Johnson CAM Phedon Papamichael ED Lisa Zeno Churgin MUS Mark Isham CAST Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Holly Hunter, Alexia Landeau, Richard Messing, Lev Friedman, Bob Clendelin, Jim Fyfe, Mary Ellen Trainor, Dabney Coleman

THE COOLER (2003) DIR Wayne Kramer PROD Sean Furst SCR Wayne Kramer, Frank Hannah CAM James Whitaker ED Arthur Coburn MUS Mark Isham CAST William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy, Ron Livingston, Paul Sorvino, Estella Warren, Arthur J. Nascarella, Joey Fatone, M.C. Gainey, Ellen Greene, Don Scribner, Tony Longo

SPARTAN (2004) DIR – SCR David Mamet PROD Ellie Samaha, Art Linson, Moshe Diamant, David Bergstein CAM Juan Ruiz Anchía ED Barbara Tulliver MUS Mark Isham CAST Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Tia Texada, Jeremie Campbell, Bob Jennings, Lionel Mark Smith, Ed O’Neill, Kristen Bell, Mark Pellegrino

MIRACLE (2004) DIR Gavin O’Connor PROD Gordon Grey, Mark Ciardi SCR Eric Guggenheim CAM Dan Stoloff ED Daric Loo, John Gilroy MUS Mark Isham CAST Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, Sean McCann, Kenneth Welsh, Eddie Cahill, Patrick O’Brien Demsey, Michael Mantenuto

HIGHWAYMEN (2004) DIR Robert Harmon PROD Mike Marcus, Carroll Kemp SCR Hans Bauer, Craig Mitchell CAM Rene Ohashi ED Chris Peppe MUS Mark Isham CAST Jim Cazievel, Rhona Mitra, Frankie Faison, Colm Feore, Gordon Currie, Andrea Roth, Noam Jenkins, Toby Proctor, James Kee, Guylaine St-Onge

TWISTED (2004) DIR Philip Kaufman PROD Peter Kaufman, Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Linne Radmin, Florina Massbaum SCR Sarah Thorp CAM Peter Deming ED Peter Boyle MUS Mark Isham CAST Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia, David Strathairn, Russell Wong, Camryn Manheim, Mark Pellegrino, Titus Welliver, D.W. Moffett, Leland Orser

CRASH (2004) DIR Paul Haggis PROD Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle, Bobby Moresco, Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari, Mark H. Harris SCR Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco (story by Paul Haggis) CAM J. Michael Muro ED Hughes Winborne MUS Mark Isham CAST Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Terrence Howard, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Philippe, Larenz Tate, Michael Peña, Tony Danza, Brendan Fraser

RACING STRIPES (2005) DIR Frederik Du Chau PROD Lloyd Phillipe, Broderick Johnson, Edward L. McDonnell, Andrew A. Kosove SCR David Schmidt (story by David Schmidt, Frederik Du Chau, Kirk DeMicco, Steven P. Wegner) CAM David Eggby ED Tom Finan MUS Mark Isham CAST Bruce Greenwood, Hayden Panettiere, Caspar Poyck, Gary Bullock, Wendie Malick, M. Emmet Walsh

KICKING & SCREAMING (2005) DIR Jesse Dylan PROD Jimmy Miller SCR Steve Rudnick, Leo Benvenuti CAM Lloyd Ahern II ED Stuart H. Pappé, Peter Teschner MUS Mark Isham CAST Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka, Kate Walsh, Musetta Vander, Dylan McLaughlin, Josh Hutcherson

IN HER SHOES (2005) DIR Curtis Hanson PROD Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott, Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon SCR Susannah Grant (novel “In Her Shoes” [2002] by Jennifer Weiner) CAM Terry Stacey ED Lisa Zeno Churgin, Craig Kitson MUS Mark Isham CAST Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Anson Mount, Norman Lloyd, Richard Burgi, Candice Azzara, Brooke Smith, Jennifer Weiner

RUNNING SCARED (2006) DIR – SCR Wayne Kramer PROD Brett Ratner, Sammy Lee CAM James Whitacker ED Arthur Coburn MUS Mark Isham CAST Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Chazz Palminteri, Karel Roden, Johnny Messner, Ivana Milicevic, Alex Neuberger, Michael Cudlitz, Bruce Altman

EIGHT BELOW (2006) DIR Frank Marshall PROD David Hoberman, Patrick Crowley SCR David DiGilio (screenplay ANTARCTICA [1983] by Toshirô Ishidô, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Tatsuo Nogami, Susumu Saji) CAM Don Burgess ED Christopher Rouse MUS Mark Isham CAST Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Wendy Crewson, Gerard Plunkett, August Schellenberg, Jason Biggs

THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006) DIR Brian De Palma PROD Rudy Cohen, Moshe Diamant, Art Linson, Avi Lerner SCR Josh Friedman (novel “The Black Dahlia” [1984] by James Ellroy) CAM Vilmos Zsigmond ED Bill Pankow MUS Mark Isham CAST Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw, Patrick Fischler, James Otis

INVINCIBLE (2006) DIR – CAM Ericson Core PROD Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Ken Mok SCR Brad Gann ED Gerald B. Greenberg [Jerry Greenberg] MUS Mark Isham CAST Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Sal Darigo

BOBBY (2006) DIR – SCR Emilio Estevez PROD Michael Litvak, Holly Wiersma, Edward Bass CAM Michael Barrett ED Richard Chew MUS Mark Isham CAST Harry Belafonte, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macey, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood

FREEDOM WRITERS (2007) DIR Richard LaGravenese PROD Danny DeVito, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg SCR Richard LaGravenese (book “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them” [1999] by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers) CAM Jim Denault ED David Moritz MUS Mark Isham, CAST Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, April Hernandez Castillo, Mario, Kristin Herrera

GRACIE (2007) DIR Davis Guggenheim PROD Davis Guggenheim, Elisabeth Shue, Andrew Shue, Lemore Syvan SCR Lisa Marie Petersen, Karen Janszen (story by Davis Guggenheim, Andrew Shue, Ken Himmelman) CAM Chris Manley ED Elizabeth Kling MUS Mark Isham CAST Dermot Mulroney, Elisabeth Shue, Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, Trevor Heins, John Doman

NEXT (2007) DIR Lee Tamahori PROD Nicolas Cage, Todd Garner, Arne Schmidt, Graham King SCR Gary Goldman, Jonathan Hensleigh, Paul Bernbaum (screen story by Gary Goldman; short story “The Golden Man” [1964] by Philip K. Dick) CAM David Tattersall ED Christian Wagner MUS Mark Isham CAST Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Kittles, José Zúñiga

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH (2007) DIR Paul Haggis PROD Paul Haggis, Laurence Becsey, Steve Samuels, Patrick Wachsberger SCR Paul Haggis (story by Paul Haggis, Mark Boal) CAM Roger Deakins ED Jo Francis MUS Mark Isham CAST Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon, Jason Patric, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Barry Corbin, Frances Fisher

RESERVATION ROAD (2007) DIR Terry George PROD Nick Wechsler, A. Kitman Ho SCR Terry George, John Burnham Schwartz (novel “Reservation Road” [1968] by John Burnham Schwartz) CAM John Lindley ED Naomi Geraghty MUS Mark Isham CAST Joacquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Sean Curley, Samuel Ryan Finn, Gary Kohn

LIONS FOR LAMBS (2007) DIR Robert Redford PROD Robert Redford, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Andrew Hauptman, Tracy Falco SCR Matthew Michael Carnahan CAM Philippe Rousselot ED Joe Hutshing MUS Mark Isham CAST Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield, Peter Berg, Kevin Dunn, Derek Luke, Larry Bates

THE MIST (2007) DIR Frank Darabont PROD Frank Darabont, Liz Glotzer SCR Frank Darabont (novella “The Mist” [1980] by Stephen King) CAM Rohn Schmidt ED Hunter M. Via MUS Mark Isham CAST Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen

THE WOMEN (2008) DIR Diane English PROD Diane English, Bill Johnson, Mick Jagger, Pliny Porter, Victoria Pearman SCR Diane English (play “The Women” [1936] by Clare Boothe Luce; screenplay THE WOMEN [1939] by Anita Loos, Jane Murfin) CAM Anastas M. Nichos ED Tia Nolan MUS Mark Isham CAST Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, India Ennenga, Jill Flint, Ana Gasteyer, Joanna Gleason, Tilly Scott Pederson, Lynn Whitfield

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (2008) DIR Gina Prince-Bythewood PROD Lauren Shuler Donner, Will Smith, Joe Pichorallo, James Lassiter SCR Gina Prince-Bythewood (novel “The Secret Life of Bees” [2002] by Sue Monk Kidd) CAM Rogier Stoffers ED Terilyn A. Shropshire MUS Mark Isham CAST Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton, Tristan Mack Wilds, Nate Parker

PRIDE AND GLORY (2008) DIR Gavin O’Connor PROD Greg O’Connor SCR Gevin O’Connor, Joe Carnahan (story by Gavin O’Connor, Greg O’Connor, Robert Hopes) CAM Declan Quinn ED John Gilroy, Lisa Zeno Chrugin MUS Mark Isham CAST Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Frank Grillo, Shea Whigham, Lake Bell

THE EXPRESS, a.k.a. THE EXPRESS: THE ERNIE DAVIS STORY (2008) DIR Gary Fleder PROD John Davis SCR Charles Leavitt (book “Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express” [1983] by Robert Gallagher) CAM Kramer Morgenthau ED William Steinkamp, Padraic McKinley MUS Mark Isham CAST Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Omar Benson Miller, Nelsan Ellis, Charles S. Dutton

NOT FORGOTTEN (2009) DIR Dror Soref PROD Dror Soref, Donald Zuckerman SCR Dror Soref, Tomás Romero CAM Steven Bernstein ED Martin Hunter MUS Mark Isham, Cindy O’Connor CAST Simon Baker, Paz Vega, Michael DeLorenzo, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ken Davitian, Claire Forlani, Gedde Watanabe, Mark Rolston

MY ONE AND ONLY (2009) DIR Richard Loncraine PROD Norton Herrick, Aaron Ryder SCR Charlie Peters CAM Marco Pontecorvo ED Humphrey Dixon MUS Mark Isham CAST Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Eric McCormack, Chris Noth, Nick Stahl, Steven Weber, Kevin Bacon, Troy Garity, David Koechner

CROSSING OVER (2009) DIR – SCR Wayne Kramer PROD Wayne Kramer, Frank Marshall CAM James Whitaker ED Arthur Coburn MUS Mark Isham CAST Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Jim Sturgess, Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Alice Braga, Alice Eve, Summer Bishil, Jacqueline Obradors, Melody Zara, Merik Tadros

THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS (2009) DIR Werner Herzog PROD John Thompson, Stephen Belafonte, Edward R. Pressman, Randall Emmett, Gabe Polsky, Alan Polsky SCR William M. Finkelstein CAM Peter Zeitlinger ED Joe Bini MUS Mark Isham CAST Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Avin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy, Jennifer Coolidge, Tom Bower, Brad Dourif

FAME (2009) DIR Kevin Tancharoen PROD Tom Rosenberg, Mark Canton, Gary Lucchesi SCR Allison Burnett (screenplay FAME [1980] by Christopher Gore) CAM Scott Kevan ED Myron Kerstein MUS Mark Isham CAST Kay Panabaker, Walter Perez, Naturi Naughton, Asher Monroe, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelsey Grammer, Debbie Allen

THE CRAZIES (2010) DIR Breck Eisner PROD Rob Cowan, Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris SCR Ray Wright, Scott Kosar (screenplay THE CRAZIES [1973] by George A. Romero) CAM Maxime Alexandre ED Billy Fox MUS Mark Isham CAST Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker, Christie Lynn Smith, Brett Rickaby, Preston Bailey, John Aylward

THE CONSPIRATOR (2010) DIR Robert Redford PROD Robert Redford, Robert Stone, Greg Shapiro, Bill Holderman SCR James D. Solomon (story by James D. Solomon, Gregory Bernstein) CAM Newton Thomas Sigel ED Craig McKay MUS Mark Isham CAST James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, Danny Huston, James Badge Dale

THE MECHANIC (2011) DIR Simon West PROD David Winkler, René Besson SCR Lewis John Carlino, Richard Wenk (story by Lewis John Carlino; screenplay THE MECHANIC [1972] by Lewis John Carlino) CAM Eric Schmidt ED Todd E. Miller, T.G. Herrington MUS Mark Isham CAST Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Chase, Mini Anden, James Logan, Eddie J. Fernandez

WARRIOR (2011) DIR Gavin O’Connor PROD Gavin O’Connor, Greg O’Connor SCR Gavin O’Connor, Cliff Dorfman, Anthony Tambakis (story by Gavin O’Connor, Cliff Dorfman) CAM Masanobu Takayanagi ED Sean Albertson, Matt Chesse, John Gilroy, Aaron Marshall MUS Mark Isham CAST Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn, Maximiliano Hernández

DOLPHIN TALE (2011) DIR Charles Martin Smith PROD Richard Ingber, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson SCR Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi CAM Karl Walter Lindenlaub ED Harvey Rosenstock MUS Mark Isham CAST Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, Frances Sternhagen, Austin Stowell

STOLEN (2012) DIR Simon West PROD René Besson, Jesse Kennedy, Matthew Joynes, Josh Cowell SCR David Guggenheim CAM James Whitaker ED Glen Scantlebury MUS Mark Isham CAST Nicolas Cage, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Edrick Browne, Mark Valley, Barry Shabaka Henley

THE FACTORY (2012) DIR Morgan O’Neill PROD Joel Silver, David Gambino, Susan Downey SCR Morgan O’Neill, Paul Leyden CAM Kramer Morgenthau ED Tod Feuerman MUS Mark Isham CAST John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Dallas Roberts, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger, Mageina Tovah, Katherine Waterston

THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE (2013) DIR George Tillman Jr. PROD George Tillman Jr., Rachel Cohen, Jana Falkenstein, Robert Teitel SCR Michael Starrbury CAM Reed Morano ED Jamie Kirkpatrick MUS Mark Isham, Alicia Keyes CAST Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Macke, Jennifer Hudson, Julito McCullum

42 (2013) DIR – SCR Brian Helgeland PROD Thomas Tull CAM Don Burgess ED Kevin Stitt, Peter McNulty MUS Mark Isham CAST Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, André Holland, Alan Tudyk, Hamish Linklater, T.R. Knight, John C. McGinley

HOMEFRONT (2013) DIR Gary Fleder PROD Sylvester Stallone, John Thompson, Kevin King Templeton SCR Sylvester Stallone (novel “Homefront” [2005] by Chuck Logan) CAM Theo van de Sande ED Padraic McKinley MUS Mark Isham CAST Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic, Clancy Brown, Marcus Hester

BEYOND THE LIGHTS (2014) DIR – SCR Gina Prince-Bythewood PROD Reggie Rock Bythewood, Stephanie Allain, Sharon Tomlinson, Amar’e Stoudemire CAM Tami Reiker ED Terilyn A. Shropshire MUS Mark Isham, Jon Mills CAST Guga Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson Baker, Danny Glover, Darryl Stephens, Elaine Tan, Isaac Keys

THE LONGEST RIDE (2015) DIR George Tillman Jr. PROD Nicholas Sparks, Theresa Park, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen SCR Craig Bolotin (novel “The Longest Ride” [2013] by Nicholas Sparks) CAM David Tattersall ED Jason Ballantine MUS Mark Isham CAST Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich, Elea Oberon

SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ (2015) DIR Wayne Blair PROD Hanna Weg, Les Weldon, Heidi Jo Markel, Alan Siegel, Gerard Butler SCR Hanna Weg (novel “Septembers of Shiraz” [2007] by Dalia Sofer) CAM Warwick Thornton ED John Scott MUS Mark Isham CAST Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Alon Aboutboul, Gabriella Wright, Anthony Azizi, Ben Youcef, Jamie Ward

THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS (2015) DIR Stephen Herek PROD David Paterson, John Paterson, Brian Kennedy, William Teitler SCR David Paterson (book “The Great Gilly Hopkins” [1978] by Katherine Paterson) CAM David M. Dunlap ED David Leonard MUS Mark Isham CAST Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close, Bill Cobbs, Billy Magnussen

PAPA HEMINGWAY IN CUBA (2015) DIR Bob Yari PROD Bob Yari, Michael Pacino, Amanda Harvey, Weezie Melancon SCR Denne Bart Petitclerc CAM Ernesto Melara ED Glen Scantlebury MUS Mark Isham CAST Giovanni Ribisi, Joely Richardson, Adrian Sparks, Minka Kelly, Shaun Toub, James Remar, Anthony Molinari, Jeff Jonas

MR. CHURCH (2016) DIR Bruce Beresford PROD Courtney Solomon, Lee Nelson, Mark Canton, David Beulow SCR Susan McMartin CAM Sharone Meir ED David Beatty MUS Mark Isham CAST Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, Mckenna Grace, Natalie Coughlin

MECHANIC: RESURRECTION (2016) DIR Dennis Gansel PROD William Chartoff, David Winkler, John Thompson, Robert Earl SCR Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher (story by Philip Shelby; characters created by Lewis John Carlino) CAM Daniel Gottschalk ED Todd E. Miller, Michael J. Duthie, Ueli Christen MUS Mark Isham CAST Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo

A FAMILY MAN (2016) DIR Mark Williams PROD Gerard Butler, Mark Williams, Alan Siegel, Patrick Newall, Craig J. Flores SCR Bill Dubuque CAM Shelly Johnson ED Thom Noble MUS Mark Isham CAST Gerard Butler, Gretchen Mol, Alison Brie, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, Maxwell Jenkins, Anupam Kher, Dylan Roberts

THE ACCOUNTANT (2016) DIR Gavin O’Connor PROD Lynette Howell Taylor, Mark Williams SCR Bill Dubuque CAM Seamus McGarvey ED Richard Pearson MUS Mark Isham CAST Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart

FALLEN (2016) DIR Scott Hicks PROD Claudia Bluemhuber, Jim Seibel, Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Bill Johnson SCR Michael Arlen Ross, Nichole Miljard, Kathryn Price (novel “Fallen” [2009] by Lauren Kate) CAM Alar Kivilo ED Scott Gray MUS Mark Isham CAST Addison Timlin, Joely Richardson, Hermione Corfield, Daisy Head, Leo Suter, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson

MEGAN LEAVEY (2017) DIR Gabriela Cowperthwaite PROD Jennifer Monroe, Jennifer Dong, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon SCR Pamela Gray, Tim Lovestedt, Annie Mumolo CAM Lorenzo Senatore ED Peter McNulty MUS Mark Isham CAST Kate Mara, Edie Falco, Alisa Harris, Will Patton, Corey Johnson

SUN DOGS (2017) DIR Jennifer Morrison PROD Jennifer Morrison, Anthony Tambakis, Bert Hamelinck, Andrew Carlberg, Gastón Pavlovich SCR Raoul McFarland CAM Michael Alden Lloyd ED Joe Talbot Hall MUS Mark Isham CAST Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner, Allison Janney, Ed O’Neill, Eric Christian Olsen, J.R. Ramirez

INSTRUMENT OF WAR (2017) DIR Adam Thomas Anderegg PROD Russ Kendall SCR Matt Whitaker CAM Wes Johnson ED Michael Bradshaw MUS Mark Isham CAST Jack Ashton, Elliot James Langridge, Daniel Betts, Rupert Simonian, Urs Rechn, Andrea Deck, Andreas Wisniewski, Callum McGowan

DUCK DUCK GOOSE (2018, animated) DIR Christopher Jenkins PROD Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins, Harley Zhao SCR Christopher Jenkins, Scott Atkinson, Tegan West, Rob Muir (story by Christopher Jenkins; Mandarin script by Ding Ding) ED Lisa Linder Silver MUS Mark Isham CAST (voice only) Jim Caffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim, Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Diedrich Bader, Reggie Watts, Carl Reiner, Stephen Fry, Jennifer Grey, Christopher Jenkins

BOLDEN (2019) DIR Dan Pritzker PROD Dan Pritzker, Michele Tayler, Jonathan Cornick SCR Dan Pritzker, David Rothschild (story by Dan Pritzker) CAM Neal Norton ED Chris Steele-Nicholson, Thomas J. Nordberg MUS Mark Isham, Scott Steiner, Wynton Marsalis CAST Gary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey, Ian McShane, Michael Rooker, Yaya DaCosta, Reno Wilson, Robert Ri’chard, Karimah Westbrook

A DOG’S JOURNEY (2019) DIR Gail Mancuso PROD Gavin Polone SCR W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Wallace Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes (novel “A Dog’s Journey” [2012] by W. Bruce Cameron) CAM Rogier Stoffers ED Robert Komatsu MUS Mark Isham CAST Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau, Abby Ryder Fortson

SEE YOU SOON (2019) DIR David Mahmoudieh SCR Jenia Tanaeva, Mike Cestari (story by Mike Cestari) CAM Eric Maddison ED Julie Garcés MUS Mark Isham CAST Liam McIntyre, Jenia Taneava, Harvey Keitel, Poppy Drayton, Oleg Taktarov, Petr Malevannaya, Carla Abruzzo

TOGO (2019) DIR – CAM Ericson Core PROD Kim Zubick SCR Tom Flynn ED Martin Pensa MUS Mark Isham CAST Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer, Adrien Dorval, Madeline Wickens, Michael Greyeyes, Nive Nielsen, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Thorbjørn Harr, Catherine McGregor

BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (2020) DIR Dean Parisot PROD Ed Solomon, Alex Winter, David Haring, Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce SCR Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon (characters created by Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon) CAM Shelly Johnson ED Don Zimmerman MUS Mark Isham CAST Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler

HONEST THIEF (2020) DIR Mark Williams PROD Mark Williams, Craig Chapman, Tai Duncan, Myles Nestel SCR Mark Williams, Steve Allrich (story by Mark Williams, Steve Allrich) CAM Shelley Johnson ED Michael P. Shawver MUS Mark Isham CAST Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, Robert Patrick, Jasmine Cephas Jones

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2021) DIR Shaka King PROD Shaka King, Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler SCR Shaka King, Will Berson (story by Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenneth Lucas, Keith Lucas) CAM Sean Bobbitt ED Kristan Sprague MUS Mark Isham, Craig Harris CAST Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith

NEEDLE IN A TIMESTACK (2021) DIR John Ridley PROD Zanne Devine, Aaron L. Gilbert, Matt Kennedy, David Thwaites SCR John Ridley (short story by Robert Silberberg) CAM Ramsey Nickell ED Luyen Vu MUS Mark Isham CAST Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, Jadyn Wong, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Elizabeth Weinstein, Gourav Shah

BLACKLIGHT (2022) DIR Mark Williams PROD Mark Williams, Paul Currie, Myles Nestel, Coco Xiaolu Ma, Allie Loh SCR Mark Williams, Nick May (story by Nick May, Brandon Reavis) CAM Shelly Johnson ED Michael P. Pawver MUS Mark Isham CAST Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Taylor John Smith, Emmy Raver-Lampham, Claire van der Boom, Yeal Stone, Andrew Shaw

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT (2022) DIR Tom Gormican PROD Nicolas Cage, Kristin Burr, Michael Nilon, Kevin Turen SCR Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten CAM Nigel Bulck ED Melissa Bretherton MUS Mark Isham CAST Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Ike Barinholtz, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Paco León, Lily Mo Sheen


KIMU NO SENSÔ (1991) DIR Masaaki Odagiri PROD Kazuki Nakayama TELEPLAY Akira Hayasaki MUS Mark Isham CAST Takeshi Kitano, Kirin Kiki, Hye-suk Lee, Yoshimi Iwasaki, Leo Morimoto, Kunio Murai

SKETCH ARTIST (1992) DIR Phedon Papamichael PROD Brad Krevoy, Steven Sabler TELEPLAY Michael Angeli CAM Wally Pfister ED Carole Kravetz Aykanian MUS Mark Isham CAST Jeff Fahey, Sean Young, Frank McRae, Drew Barrymore, Tchéky Karyo, James Tolkan, Stacy Haiduk, Charlotte Lewis, Mark Boone Jr.

GOTTI (1996) DIR Robert Harmon PROD David Coatsworth TELEPLAY Steve Shagan (book “Gotti: Rise and Fall” by Gene Mustain, Jerry Capeci) CAM Alar Kivilo ED Zach Staenberg MUS Mark Isham CAST Armand Assante, William Forsythe, Anthony Quinn, Richard C. Sarafian, Frank Vincent, Dominic Chianese, Robert Miranda, Scott Cohen

THE DEFENDERS: PAYBACK (1997) DIR Andy Wolk PROD Beau Bridges, Sy Fischer TELEPLAY Andy Wolk, Peter Wolk CAM John Newby ED Lauren A. Schaffer MUS Mark Isham CAST Beau Bridges, E.G. Marshall, Martha Plimpton, Roma Maffia, Mark Blum, Rachael Leigh Cook, Clea DuVall, Yaphet Kotto, John Laroquette

THE DEFENDERS: CHOICE OF EVILS (1998) DIR Andy Wolk PROD Sy Fischer TELEPLAY Andy Wolk, Peter Wolk, Larry Cohen (story by Larry Cohen) CAM John Newby ED Lauren A. Schaffer MUS Mark Isham, David Goldblatt CAST Beau Bridges, E.G. Marshall, Martha Plimpton, Jon Polito, LisaGay Hamilton, David Hemblen, Melanie Nicholls-King

THE DEFENDERS: TAKING THE FIRST (1998) DIR Andy Wolk PROD Sy Fischer TELEPLAY Andy Wolk, Peter Wolk CAM John Newby ED Lauren A. Schaffer MUS Mark Isham, David Goldblatt CAST Beau Bridges, Martha Plimpton, Jeremy London, Clifton Collins Jr., Philip Casnoff, Mimy Kuzyk, Camilla Scott

THE COURIER/2.0 (2008) DIR – CAM Ericson Core PROD Anton Maillie, Kristyna Kodet TELEPLAY Pete Pepe MUS Mark Isham CAST Predrag Bjelac, David Bowles, Zdenek Dvoracek, Marta Gavrilona, Jindrich Hinke, Zdenek Maryska, Mirek Navratil, Pete Pepe, Iiro Seppänen

LESS THAN ZERO (2019) TELEPLAY Craig Wright CAM Roberto Schaefer ED Pattye Rogers MUS Mark Isham CAST Austin Abrams, Sarah Jane Morris, Kylie Rogers, Donen Rubinstein, Cooper Koch, Shay Rudolph, Ross Partridge, Denyse Tontz