Christopher Scott “Chris” Brooks attended Westview Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High, and Zanesville High School, graduating in 1975. Band and theater consumed most of his high school years.
After graduating Berkeley College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring, Chris began his career as the music editor for the critically acclaimed television series "St. Elsewhere." Beginning on the iconic "Lethal Weapon," he forged a 25-year relationship with Michael Kamen, editing and producing the scores for Hollywood blockbusters such as "Die Hard" (and its sequels), "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Don Juan DeMarco," "The Three Musketeers," and "Mr. Holland’s Opus," for which he won the MPSE Golden Reel Award for music editing.
Brooks’ early work includes some of the most critically acclaimed films of the century, with Scorcese’s "Goodfellas" ranking at the top. Relationships with directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Richard Donner, and John Waters, as well as composers Randy Newman, Elliot Goldenthal, and Thomas Dolby, filled his resume.
Films in China, Germany, England, and France kept Brooks busy for another ten years. He worked with Klaus Badelt on "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Constantine," "Solomon Kane," "Shanghai," and "Rescue Dawn."
Brooks continues to work with some of the finest composers, musicians and filmmakers in the business, including Rob Reiner, Werner Herzog, Alan Menken, and Marc Shaiman. He has said that the work on the ABC television series "Galavant" is “Some of the most difficult and rewarding work of my career.”
Chris has written the textbooks “Visual Music” and “Music for Filmmakers,” is an adjunct professor at USC, and a lecturer at universities around the country.
Brooks’ passion for food has been realized in “Table for One” and “My Delicious Year, 366 Days of Writing, Recipes and Sheer Panic.” His first novel, “The Five Year Plan,” is about a fictional restaurant in his hometown of Zanesville.
Chris splits his time between Los Angeles and New York. He is married to the writer and performer Jennifer Rawlings, is stepfather to her four children, and has one son, Harrison.
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