What happens when a YouTube star and a legendary film composer are both in Antarctica at the same time? In the case of Jimmy Donaldson (aka MrBeast) and Hans Zimmer, that means filming and creating an original soundtrack for a YouTube video, all in 12 days.
After arriving in Antarctica to film his latest YouTube video, which sees the stunt-joy maker spend 50 hours outside the Union Glacier area, Donaldson quickly learned that Zimmer was also in the area. He took the opportunity to introduce the composer, and within about four hours, the two had arranged for the Oscar winner to shoot an upcoming YouTube video, according to Donaldson.
“The moment I heard Hans was there too, I knew I had to work with him on this, no matter what it took. No one else would understand what it’s like to survive in such a crazy place. We had to do it very quickly and when we reached out, he was just as excited,” Donaldson said in a statement.
To create the original soundtrack in a limited time frame, Zimmer contacted James Everingham and Adam Lucas, members of the composing group Bleeding Fingers Music. the trio have previously collaborated on soundtracks for BBC documentaries Frozen Planet II.
The final product, I Survived 50 Hours in Antarctica, will be released via YouTube on December 24. The original, “Antarctica or Bust,” will also be released on Spotify via Bleeding Fingers Music.
“When MrBeast challenges you, you can bet things are going to get crazy… “Please, Hans, put together my Antarctica video in a few days. Challenge accepted!!” Zimmer said in a statement. “We had a lot of fun, and we hope you do.”