John Ottman

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John Ottman
Born (1964-07-06) July 6, 1964 (age 50)
San Diego, California, USA
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer and film editor
Years active 1993–present
Website www.johnottman.com

John Ottman (born July 6, 1964) is an American film editor, composer, and director.

He is best known for his collaborations with film director Bryan Singer, acting as editor and composer for his films The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns (including adapting themes originally composed by John Williams), Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Other notable films he worked on as composer are Snow White: A Tale of Terror, the 2005 remake of House of Wax, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Invasion, and Astro Boy.

He also directed (in addition to editing and scoring) the 2000 horror film Urban Legends: Final Cut. He won a BAFTA Award for Best Editing for The Usual Suspects, as well as two Saturn Awards for Best Music for The Usual Suspects and Superman Returns.

Ottman graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California in 1988.[1] One of his first assignments was to provide original music for the computer game I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. In 2007, Ottman appeared in the documentary Finding Kraftland for his agent Richard Kraft.

Filmography[edit]

Composer[edit]

Discography
Feature films
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1993
Public Access Bryan Singer
1995
The Usual Suspects Bryan Singer Spelling Films International
Gramercy Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Night Train John Coven Short film
The Antelope Chess Game Lance Tracy
1996
The Cable Guy Ben Stiller Columbia Pictures
1997
Snow White: A Tale of Terror Michael Cohn PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Interscope Communications
Incognito John Badham Warner Bros. Pictures
1998
Goodbye Lover Roland Joffé
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Steve Miner Themes by:
  • John Carpenter
Miramax Films
Apt Pupil Bryan Singer TriStar Pictures
1999
Lake Placid Steve Miner 20th Century Fox
2000
Urban Legends: Final Cut Himself Also director Columbia Pictures
2001
Bubble Boy Blair Hayes Buena Vista Pictures
2002
Pumpkin Anthony Abrams
Adam Larson Broder
Beother's Keeper John Bedham
Eight Legged Freaks Ellory Elkayem Warner Bros. Pictures
Trapped Luis Mandoki Columbia Pictures
2003
X2 Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox
Gothika Mathieu Kassovitz Composed with:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Columbia Pictures
2004
Cellular David R. Ellis New Line Cinema
Lonely Place Kevin Ackerman Short film
2005
Hide and Seek John Polson 20th Century Fox
House of Wax Jaume Collet-Serra Warner Bros. Pictures
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Shane Black
Fantastic Four Tim Story 20th Century Fox
2006
Superman Returns Bryan Singer Themes by:
Warner Bros. Pictures
2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Tim Story 20th Century Fox
The Invasion Oliver Hirschbiegel
James McTeigue
Warner Bros. Pictures
2008
Valkyrie Bryan Singer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2009
Orphan Jaume Collet-Serra Warner Bros. Pictures
Astro Boy David Bowers Summit Entertainment
2010
The RRF in New Recruit Short film
Astro Boy vs. The Junkyard Pirates Short film
The Losers Sylvain White Warner Bros. Pictures
Halloween: The Night He Came Back Eric Iyoob
Darla Rae
Short film
2011
The Resident Antti Jokinen
Unknown Jaume Collet-Serra Composed with:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Optimum Releasing
2013
Jack the Giant Slayer Bryan Singer Warner Bros. Pictures
2014
Non-Stop Jaume Collet-Serra Universal Pictures
X-Men: Days of Future Past Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox
Documentaries
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
2002
Round Up: Deposing The Usual Suspects
2003
Evolution in the Details: The Design of X2 Short
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making X2
2004
Celling Out Jeffrey Schwarz Short
Dialing Up Cellular Jeffrey Schwarz Short
2006
Finding Kraftland Richard Kraft
Adam Shell
Independent
Television
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1998
Fantasy Island Michael Dinner TV series theme and pilot score Columbia TriStar Television
2002
Point of Origin Newton Thomas Sigel HBO Films
Video games
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1995
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream David Mullich

Other credits[edit]

Editor
Year Title Director Notes
1988
Lion's Den Bryan Singer
1993
Public Access
1995
The Usual Suspects
1998
Apt Pupil
2000
Urban Legends: Final Cut Himself

Edited with:

  • Rob Kobrin
2003
X2 Bryan Singer Edited with:
2006
Superman Returns Edited with:
  • Elliot Graham
2008
Valkyrie
2013
Jack the Giant Slayer Edited with:
2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director
Year Title Director Notes
2000
Urban Legends: Final Cut Himself Also composer

Television[edit]

Actor
Year Title Director Notes
2011
Dark Dreamers Episode:
  • Richard Band

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notable Alumni", webpage of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, retrieved April 15, 2008.

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