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The name Harry Gregson-Williams may not ring a bell, but numerous Hollywood directors and production studios owe him a debt of gratitude. The low-key Brit’s musical scores — featured in flicks from Spy Kids to Gone Baby Gone — have transformed the movies in which they’ve appeared. Speaking from his recording studio in Venice Beach, Calif., the Hans Zimmer protégé recently discussed his diverse film work with American Way, including music for the current 3-D animated holiday adventure Arthur Christmas.

Arthur Christmas (out now)
“Due to a clerical error, one child won’t receive the Christmas present she’d wished for, and Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, attempts to put things right. As such, the music is often in a hurry, as was I, who had two weeks to score the film.”

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
“It took six months to complete this score, which allowed time for discovery. Some would say prevarication.”

The Shrek series
“The animated features I’ve done have reminded me that music must be perfectly in sync with the images on screen.”

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008)
“[This] was a dream. I had read the book series and was thrilled to be involved with such magical projects.”

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
“Ridley Scott made a beautiful film that afforded me the opportunity to compose music for a three-hour feature.”