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xXx: STATE OF THE UNION  (2005)
Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Revolution Studios, Original Film
Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date (USA): 29 April 2005

Director: Lee Tamahori
Screenplay: Simon Kinberg
Based on the Characters Created by Rich Wilkes

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Orchestra Conducted by Pete Anthony & Marco Beltrami
Performed by The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra & The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Orchestrated by Pete Anthony, Bill Boston, Randy Kerber, Jon Kull, Marcus Trumpp & Jim Honeyman
Recorded and Mixed by Dennis S. Sands
Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA & Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Bros Studios
Assistant Engineers Dann Thompson, Ryan Robinson, Judy Kirschner & Greg Hayes
Music Editor Alex Gibson & Bill Abbott
Orchestra Contracted by Janet Ketchum & Sandy DeCrescent
Music Preparation Mark Graham, Jonathan A. Hughes & Steven L. Smith

Music Produced by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders

Synopsis: Agent Augustus Gibbons has selected an imprisoned former US Navy SEAL Darius Stone, a new agent in the xXx program, travels to Washington D.C., where they track a splinter faction of the U.S. military that attempts to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President, led by Secretary of Defense and former 4-Star General George Deckert, Stone's former commanding officer whom he once led a mutiny against. But he's been targeted for assassination by a radical splinter group of dissenters deep within the United States government. The new xXx agent must uncover the insurgents from within. It is the nation's only hope to stop the first coup d'etat in American history.

A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER

It was the first action oriented spy thriller I've ever scored. Both the orchestration and the instrumentation took on a completely different approach: this film needed the brass to be dominant at times, so my approach was a bit jazzier. Also it was the first time I worked with Lee, which was definitely a plus. I had to come up with one theme that I could expand on a and use it as a reference unto itself. I developed this theme by integrating in into the Main Title. I sketched out some stuff then I began to work on individual scenes. One of the first pieces I wrote, Different Trains, is from part of the train chase sequence towards the end of the film. I didn't write Different Trains for the movie, I just wrote a piece of music not thinking about any specific scene. It was music that inspired me by just seeing the film. After I wrote it, I mocked it up on the computer, and tried it in different areas of the film. It worked really well within that train chase sequence, so I adapted it and made it work. It's one of my favorite cues in the score.

xXx: STATE OF THE UNION: Recording Sessions
Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA

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