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Millions have heard his music, but very few know his name. Steffen Thum went to the USA to study abroad and became a film composer in Hollywood.

When you think of Mission Impossible, you immediately hear the theme music. The rattling and pulsating bongos that keep coming back. And the tense melody that sounds like a burning fuse.

For Fallout, the new film in the Mission Impossible series, film composer Steffen Thum, among others, gave the well-known melody a fresh touch.

"The next dream project will just be where I notice, okay, I've now written the best music I've gotten so far."
Steffen Thum, film composer
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30-year-old Steffen Thum comes from a small Swabian town on Lake Constance. He was fascinated by movies from an early age: Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg films were among his favorite films. And the soundtracks also delighted him. After finishing school, he first studied music design at a university not far from his hometown. He then went to the USA for two semesters abroad - to a university near Los Angeles.

"One of my professors probably recommended me because he saw, okay, the guy puts work into the music and can withstand a larger workload."
Steffen Thum, film composer

In his second semester there, one of his professors recommended him for a job in a film music production company. Remote Control Productions is the name of the company and it belongs to Hans Zimmer, one of the most famous film composers of all. He wrote music for films like "The Lion King", "Gladiator" and "The Dark Knight".

"You actually just sit at the computer all the time from morning to night. It's actually the classic desk job that I never wanted to have."
Steffen Thum, film composer
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In Hans Zimmer's production company, Steffen becomes the new assistant to the composer Lorne Balfe, who received a Grammy for the soundtrack of "The Dark Knight" in 2008. "In his new job, he works 80 to 100 hours a week at the beginning. Going out in the evenings, on the weekend hang out - that's not an option for the time being. "You just have to be aware that this is part of it."

Swabian specialties are a rarity

In between he also thinks about going back home because it's hard work to survive in Hollywood. In the four years that he's been there, his workload has leveled off somewhat.

He also misses the Swabian food. Maultaschen are a rarity in Hollywood, as is Kässpätzle. On his last visit to his homeland, he got himself a grater that was specially made for making spaetzle.

"The last time I was at home I took a Kässpätzle grater with me and made Kässpätzle here in L.A. for the first time a week ago."
Steffen Thum, film composer

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