Lord of the Rings composer went to summer camp with Lorne Michaels

Composer Howard Shore has scored more than 80 movies, winning three Oscars, three Golden Globes and four Grammys in a long career in show business, but when he was 13 he and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels were just a couple of friends putting on productions at summer camp.

Shore, 68, recipient of the 2014 Maestro Award at the Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference in November, attended Camp Timberlane in Ontario and ended up being the music director for Saturday Night Live (he named the Blues Brothers) with his camp friend before moving on to movies like the Lord of Rings films, The Aviator, Hugo and many more.

One of the productions Shore and Michaels did at camp was called Timberlane in Ontario, an improvisational show with music, comedy and acting. Sound familiar?

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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