John Paesano

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John Paesano
Born (1977-07-02) July 2, 1977 (age 42)
Birmingham, Michigan

John Paesano (born July 2, 1977) is an American composer, working primarily in film, television and video games. He is known for collaborating with director Wes Ball on the Maze Runner film series, as well as composing for the Marvel television shows The Defenders and Daredevil, with the latter garnering a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.[1] He has also contributed the music to the acclaimed video game titles Detroit: Become Human and Spider-Man.

Life and career[edit]

Paesano was born in Detroit. He first studied classical music at Conservatoire de Paris located in Parc de la Villette, France before continuing his studies at Berklee College of Music pursuing a major in musical composition and film scoring. He then worked under composers Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams providing additional music for the former, and orchestrating for the latter.[2] Paesano cites Steven Spielberg's 1987 film Empire of the Sun as his motivation for getting into film scoring.[3]

In 2014, Paesano was hired to compose the music for The Maze Runner. Speaking of the job, he recalled seeing Wes Ball's 2011 short film, Ruin and was intrigued by it, composing a short demo (which eventually would become the "Maze Runner" theme) for Ball. He visited the sets in New Orleans, observing the "environmental soundscape" and tried to incorporate the natural sounds into his score. He recorded the score with an orchestra at the Newman Scoring Stage with sessions running for 2 weeks. Paesano would later return to score the 2nd and 3rd film of the series, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.[2][4]



Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2007 Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Sebastian Montes
Scooter Tidwell
Cartoon Network Studios Television film
2008 Another Cinderella Story Damon Santostefano Warner Home Video
Warner Premiere
Direct-to-video film
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Lauren Montgomery Warner Home Video
Warner Premiere
Warner Bros. Animation
2011 S.W.A.T.: Firefight Benny Boom Stage 6 Films
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2014 When the Game Stands Tall Thomas Carter TriStar Pictures
The Maze Runner Wes Ball 20th Century Fox
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 20th Century Fox
My All American Angelo Pizzo Clarius Entertainment
2016 Brain on Fire Gerard Barrett Broad Green Pictures
Almost Christmas David E. Talbert Universal Pictures
2017 All Eyez on Me Benny Boom Morgan Creek Productions
Same Kind of Different as Me Michael Carney Paramount Pictures
The Star Timothy Reckart Columbia Pictures
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Wes Ball 20th Century Fox
2020 Tesla Michael Almereyda TBA
The Secrets We Keep Yuval Adler TBA


Title Year
DreamWorks Dragons 2012–2018
Crisis 2014
Daredevil 2015–2018
The Defenders 2017
Salvation 2017-present
Truth Be Told 2019
Devils 2019
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels 2020

Video games[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Mac Walters BioWare
Electronic Arts
Debut work as video game composer
Gran Turismo Sport Kazunori Yamauchi Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment
2018 Detroit: Become Human David Cage
Gregory Diaconu
Quantic Dream Composed the soundtrack for Markus, one of the main protagonists
Spider-Man Bryan Intihar
Ryan Smith
Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment / Marvel Games


  1. ^ Kaufman, Gil (December 7, 2018). "Emmys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Valence Media. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hannett, Michelle (September 12, 2014). "WAMG Talks To THE MAZE RUNNER Composer John Paesano". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Rozeman, Mark (April 6, 2016). "Devil's in the Details: Daredevil Composer John Paesano on Scoring Hell's Kitchen". Paste Magazine. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Interview: 'Daredevil' Season 2 Composer John Paesano". Geeks of Doom. March 21, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2020.

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