The first step I took in scoring the finale of The Empire Strikes Back involved dividing the film into cues (separate pieces of music to be written) based on the film scenes. I chose to score the last 25 minutes of the film and decided on ten separations for cues. I charted them out (see Figure 1) and included each cue’s number, title, time, and temp track.
In researching for A New Score Strikes Back, I evaluated three of Hans Zimmer’s science fiction films, Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), with the purpose of discovering qualities and scoring techniques that are common among his films in the genre. This study allowed for an imitation of his scoring style to be applied to the third act of The Empire Strikes Back (1980), a film originally scored by John Williams. Given Zimmer’s drastically different scoring method from Williams, the end result should create a much different viewing experience of the film, modernizing the 1980 classic and perhaps eliciting different moods and emotions from the viewers.