John Debney

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John Debney
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Debney at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth name John C. Debney
Born (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956 (age 57)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Genres Film scores, soundtracks
Occupations Composer, conductor
Website www.johndebney.com

John C. Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. He also composed the score for Cutthroat Island, which has been celebrated by music critics as a notable example of swashbuckling film music.[1][2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney (Zorro, The Mickey Mouse Club), John was born and raised in nearby Glendale, California, where he began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. Two weeks after graduating from CalArts, he got a job at copying department at Disney. One day, Buddy Baker saw him and had him arrange music that would later be used for different pavilions and rides at epcot (at Disney World in Florida).[5] After three years at Disney, he freelanced for television composer Mike Post. Debney furthered his hands-on training by working with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin. After this, Debney went on to score television projects as diverse as Disneyland, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, SeaQuest DSV, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Cape, The Lazarus Man, Piggsburg Pigs!, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Doctor Who, Cagney and Lacey, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Young Riders, The New Yogi Bear Show, Nightmare Classics, Police Academy: The Animated Series, Fame, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Dragon's Lair, Freshman Dorm, Pop Quiz and Dink, the Little Dinosaur, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1991, Debney composed the music for Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.

Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including: Iron Man 2, The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Emperor's New Groove, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries[6] and Predators.[7]

Debney has also recorded scores for the video games Lair and The Sims Medieval. In 2010, he composed the theme music for the Nickelodeon television series Supah Ninjas.

Filmography[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1990 Jetsons: The Movie William Hanna
Joseph Barbara
Universal Pictures
Hanna-Barbara Productions
N/A
The Face of Fear Farhad Mann Warner Bros. Television
Columbia Broadcast System
N/A
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! William Hanna Hanna-Barbara Productions N/A
Jonny's Golden Quest Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Hanna-Barbara Productions N/A
Hocus Pocus Kenny Ortega Walt Disney Pictures N/A
The Halloween Tree Mario Piluso Hanna-Barbara Productions N/A
The Town Santa Forgot Robert Alvarez Hanna-Barbara Productions N/A
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby William Hanna Hanna-Barbara Productions N/A
1994 Gunmen Deran Sarafian Dimension Films
Davis Entertainment
N/A
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Ken Olin Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Little Giants Duwayne Dunham Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment
N/A
1995 Houseguest Randall Miller Hollywood Pictures
Caravan Pictures
N/A
Cutthroat Island Renny Harlin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Carolco Pictures
N/A
Sudden Death Peter Hyams Universal Pictures N/A
1996 Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax Universal Studios
BBC Films
BBC Worldwide
20th Century Fox
Fox
N/A
Carpool Arthur Miller Warner Bros.
Regency Enterprises
N/A
1997 The Relic Peter Hyams Paramount Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
N/A
Liar Liar Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment
N/A
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jim Gillespie Columbia Pictures
Mandalay Entertainment
N/A
1998 Paulie John Roberts Dreamworks Pictures
Mutual Film Company
N/A
I'll Be Home for Christmas Arlene Sanford Walt Disney Pictures
Mandeville Films
N/A
1999 My Favorite Martian Donald Petrie Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Lost & Found Jeff Pollack Warner Bros.
Alcon Entertainment
N/A
Inspector Gadget David Kellogg Walt Disney Pictures
Caravan Pictures
N/A
Dick Andrew Fleming Columbia Pictures
Phoenix Pictures
N/A
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Gary Halvorson Columbia Pictures
Jim Henson Pictures
Children's Television Workshop
N/A
End of Days Peter Hyams Universal Pictures
Beacon Pictures
N/A

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 Relative Values Eric Styles Alliance Atlantis Communications
Starz Encore Entertainment
N/A
G-Saviour Graeme Campbell Bandai Visual N/A
Michael Jordan to the Max James D. Stern, Don Kempf Giant Screen Films N/A
The Replacements Howard Deutch Warner Bros.
Dylan Sellers Productions
Bel-Air Entertainment
N/A
The Emperor's New Groove Mark Dindal Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
N/A
2001 See Spot Run John Whitssell Warner Bros. Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
N/A
Heartbreakers David Mirkin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Davis Entertainment
Winchester Films
N/A
Spy Kids Robert Rodriguez Dimension Films
Troublemaker Studios
N/A
Cats & Dogs Lawrence Guterman Warner Bros. Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
N/A
The Princess Diaries Garry Marshall Walt Disney Pictures
BrownHouse Productions
N/A
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius John A. Davis Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
DNA Productions
N/A
2002 Snow Dogs Brian Levant Walt Disney Pictures
Kerner Entertainment
N/A
Dragonfly Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Shady Acres Entertainment
N/A
The Scorpion King Chuck Russell Universal Pictures
WWE Studios
N/A
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Dimension Films
Troublemaker Studios
with Robert Rodriguez
The Tuxedo Kevin Donovan Dreamworks Pictures
Blue Train Productions
with Christophe Beck
Haunted Mansion Holiday Steven B. Davidson N/A N/A
The Hot Chick Tom Brady Touchstone Pictures
Happy Madison Productions
N/A
2003 Most Bobby Garabedian Eastwind Films
Prague Indies Productions
N/A
Bruce Almighty Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
N/A
Elf Jon Favreau New Line Cinema
Mosaic Media Group
Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions
N/A
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Additional Music) Joe Dante Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Animation
Baltmore Spring Creek Productions
Goldmann Pictures
N/A
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Donald Petrie 20th Century Fox N/A
The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson Newmarket Films N/A
The Whole Ten Yards Howard Deutch Warner Bros. Pictures
Morgan Creek Productions
N/A
Raising Helen Garry Marshall Touchstone Pictures
Beacon Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
Mandeville Films
N/A
Spider-Man 2 (Additional Music) Sam Raimi Columbia Pictures
Marvel Enterprises
N/A
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Garry Marshall Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Christmas with the Kranks Joe Roth Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
N/A
2005 The Pacifier Adam Shankman Walt Disney Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
N/A
Sin City Robert Rodriguez Dimension Films
Troublemaker Studios
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Robert Rodriguez Dimension Films
Columbia Pictures
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story John Gatins Dreamworks Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
N/A
Chicken Little Mark Dindal Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
N/A
Zathura Jon Favreau Columbia Pictures
Radar Pictures
N/A
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Adam Shankman 20th Century Fox
21 Laps Entertainment
N/A
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Scott Marshall Miramax Films N/A
The Ant Bully John A. Davis Warner Bros. Pictures
Legendary Pictures
Playtone
DNA Productions
N/A
Barnyard Steve Oedekerk Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
Omation Animation Studio
N/A
Idlewild Bryan Barber Universal Pictures N/A
Everyone's Hero Colin Brady
Dan St. Pierre
Christopher Reeve
20th Century Fox
IDT Entertainment
Arc Productions
N/A
2007 Spider-Man 3 (Additional Music) Sam Raimi Columbia Pictures
Marvel Enterprises
N/A
Georgia Rule Garry Marshall Universal Pictures
Morgan Creek Productions
N/A
Evan Almighty Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Relativity Media
Shady Acres Entertainment
N/A
Lair (Video Game) N/A Factor 5 N/A
2008 Meet Dave Brian Robbins 20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
N/A
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Additional Music) Rob Cohen Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
The Sommers Company
N/A
Swing Vote Joshua Michael Stern Touchstone Pictures
Treehouse Films
N/A
My Best Friend's Girl Howard Deutch Lionsgate N/A
2009 Hotel for Dogs Thor Freudenthal Paramount Pictures
Dreamworks Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
N/A
Hannah Montana: The Movie Peter Chelsom Walt Disney Pictures N/A
The Stoning of Soraya M. Cyrus Nowrasteh Roadside Attractions N/A
Aliens in the Attic John Schultz 20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
N/A
Old Dogs Walt Becker Walt Disney Pictures N/A

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010 Valentine's Day Garry Marshall Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
Predators Nimród Antal 20th Century Fox N/A
Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau Paramount Pictures
Marvel Studios
N/A
Yogi Bear Eric Brevig Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2011 No Strings Attached Ivan Reitman Paramount Pictures N/A
The Change-Up David Dobkin Universal Pictures N/A
Dream House Jim Sheridan Universal Pictures N/A
The Double Michael Brandt Image Entertainment N/A
New Year's Eve Garry Marshall Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
2012 A Thousand Words Brian Robbins Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
The Three Stooges Farrelly brothers 20th Century Fox N/A
Alex Cross Rob Cohen Summit Entertainment N/A
2013 The Call Brad Anderson TriStar Pictures N/A
Jobs Joshua Michael Stern Open Road Films N/A
Broken Horses Vidhu Vinod Chopra Mandeville Films N/A
2014 Walk of Shame Steven Brill FilmDistrict N/A
Eliza Graves Brad Anderson Millennium Films N/A
Draft Day[8] Ivan Reitman Lionsgate N/A
Mary, Mother of Christ Alister Grierson Lionsgate N/A
2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 2[8] Paul Tibbitt Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
N/A
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt Cyrus Nowrasteh FilmDistrict N/A
Year Film Director
1989-PAST Welcome to Pooh Corner (episode: "Too Smart For Strangers", as "MUSIC ARRANGED BY")
Seven Hours to Judgement (1988)
The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck (1988)
Not Since Casanova (1988)
The Wild Pair (1987)
The Day My Kid Went Punk (1987)
Philip F. Messina
Beau Bridges
David Keith
Brett Thompson
Beau Bridges

Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
2012 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score): Hatfields & McCoys: Part 1 (2012) Nominated
2005 Academy Award – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: The Passion of the Christ (2004) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: The Cape (1996) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Cape: Pilot (1996) Won
1994 Emmy Award – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: SeaQuest DSV (1993) Won
1991 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Young Riders: Kansas (1989) Won
1990 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: The Young Riders (1989) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cutthroat Island (John Debney)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Cutthroat Island (John Debney) soundtrack review". ScoreReviews.com. 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2005-05-12). "Soundtrack: CutThroat Island (2005)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Movie Music UK - Cutthroat Island – John Debney". MovieMusicUK.us. 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2009-11-10). "Go-to composer grew up in Disney family - Entertainment News, Billion-Dollar Composer: John Debney, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  6. ^ "John Debney to Score 'Predators' Prequel". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Predators Scoring Session". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ a b "John Debney to Score Ivan Reitman’s ‘Draft Day’ | Film Music Reporter". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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