Shark Week concluded Saturday, and while, like in years past, this year’s 13 specials were all highly visual, music was equally integral. There’s essentially nothing but silence underwater, where much of the filming and action takes place, but musically, the specials are at the behest of the composers.
Michael Gatt, composer for Air Jaws: Fin of Fury, seized the opportunity. “What I love about Shark Week is that it’s a blank canvas,” Gatt says. “The sharks are actually quite dynamic as characters. They can be terrifying, but they’re also incredibly majestic, beautiful animals. Musically, we get to inform that emotion.”
Fin of Fury follows shark filmmaker Jeff Kurr in his two-year search to find a particular great white shark, Colossus. Kurr filmed the shark about three years ago in South Africa, and had not seen the mega-predator since. Using Colossus’ unique dorsal fin, which acts like a fingerprint, as a lead, Kurr and his team set out to prove the top predator still exists. READ FULL STORY