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John Powell (1963)

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John Powell is a British composer, best known for his scores to motion pictures. He has been based in the United States since 1997 and has composed the scores to over fifty feature films. He rose to fame in the late 1990s and 2000s, scoring numerous animated films, in addition to his live-action collaborations with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass. His 2010 score for the film How to Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards. He is a member of Hans Zimmer's music studio, Remote Control Productions, and collaborates frequently with other composers from the studio, including Harry Gregson-Williams and Zimmer himself.

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Powell was born in London. He originally trained as a violinist as a child, before studying at London's Trinity College of Music. He later ventured into jazz and rock music, playing in a soul band the Fabulistics. On leaving college, he composed music for commercials, which led to a job as an assistant to the composer Patrick Doyle on several film productions, including Much Ado About Nothing.

In 1995, he co-founded the London-based commercial music house Independently Thinking Music, which produced scores for more than 100 British and French commercials and independent films.

Powell's first film score was for the 1990 film Stay Lucky. He moved to the U.S. in 1997, and scored his first major film, Antz in 1998, the first film produced by DreamWorks Animation which he co-scored with fellow British composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Two years later the two collaborated again to compose the score to Chicken Run, and again the following year on Shrek, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. All subsequent Shrek films however, have been scored solely by Gregson-Williams. During 2001 he also scored Evolution, I Am Sam, Just Visiting, and Rat Race.

In 2002 Powell was hired to score The Bourne Identity, after Carter Burwell left the project, and has gone on to score all of director Doug Liman's subsequent films. He also returned to score the other two films in the series; The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, which were both directed by British director Paul Greengrass.

Following the Bourne films, Powell collaborated with Liman again to score the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. That year, he also scored Robots.

In 2006, he scored Greengrass' United 93. He also composed music for Ice Age: The Meltdown, following David Newman, who scored the first Ice Age film, as well as X-Men: The Last Stand, and Happy Feet, for which he won a Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for an Animated Feature Film. The following year he scored The Bourne Ultimatum. In 2008 he collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer to score Kung Fu Panda, and also wrote music that year for Jumper, Hancock, and Bolt. In 2009 he scored the third, and to date, most popular installment in the Ice Age series; Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

In 2010, Powell composed the score to How To Train Your Dragon. This was his sixth score for a Dreamworks Animation film, although the first where he composed the whole score himself. It also became his first work to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score. That year, he has also scored Greengrass' Green Zone, Asif Kapadia documentary, Senna, along with Antonio Pinto and Knight and Day.

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Name Duration Released
The Dragon Book 02:22 2010
Astrid Goes For A Spin 00:43 2010
Where's Hiccup? 02:43 2010
Wounded 01:25 2010
This Time For Sure 00:43 2010
Counter Attack 03:05 2010
Dragon Training 03:10 2010
Not So Fireproof 01:12 2010
Battling The Green Death 06:18 2010
The Downed Dragon 04:16 2010
Test Drive 02:36 2010
Ready The Ships 05:13 2010
Dragon Battle 01:54 2010
See You Tomorrow 03:53 2010
The Kill Ring 04:28 2010
This Is Berk 04:10 2010
New Tail 02:47 2010
The Cove 01:10 2010
The Vikings Have Their Tea 02:03 2010
Forbidden Friendship 04:10 2010
Dragon's Den 02:29 2010
Sticks & Stones 04:17 2010
Focus, Hiccup! 02:05 2010
Romantic Flight 01:56 2010
Coming Back Around 02:51 2010
Surf's Up 01:12 19/02/2008
In Hospital 00:56 19/02/2008
Bridges, Rules, Banking 03:25 19/02/2008
Airport Departure 01:58 19/02/2008
A Head Start 01:43 19/02/2008
First Jumps 01:37 19/02/2008
Echo of Mom 00:50 19/02/2008
The Sacrifice 04:45 19/02/2008
Splash 01:31 19/02/2008
Coliseum Fight 02:25 19/02/2008
Jumper vs. Jumper 02:18 19/02/2008
My Day So Far 01:03 19/02/2008
Coliseum Tour 01:47 19/02/2008
Roland at the Lair 04:55 19/02/2008
You Hear Me Laughing 01:01 19/02/2008
David Comes Clean 03:24 19/02/2008
Roland Snoops 01:43 19/02/2008
Race to Millie 01:25 19/02/2008
1000 Volts 03:48 19/02/2008
It's Sayonara 00:57 19/02/2008
Thinking of Marie 03:51 2007
Tangiers 07:40 2007
Six Weeks Ago 04:31 2007
Jason Is Reborn 04:04 2007
Man Versus Man 05:46 2007
Coming Home 03:19 2007
Waterloo 10:38 2007
Faces Without Names 03:31 2007
Assets and Targets 07:18 2007
The Battle of the Cure 04:20 2006
20 Years Ago 01:10 2006
Jean and Logan 01:39 2006
Skating On the Pond 01:12 2006
Massacre 00:31 2006
Angel's Cure 02:34 2006
The Funeral 02:52 2006
Attack on Alcatraz 04:36 2006
Dark Phoenix 01:28 2006
Farewell to X 00:30 2006
Shock and No Oars 01:15 2006
Examining Jean 01:12 2006
Dark Phoenix's Tragedy 03:18 2006
Building Bridges 01:16 2006
Whirlpool of Love 02:04 2006
Entering the House 01:18 2006
Meet Leech, Then Off To the Lake 02:37 2006
Magneto Plots 02:05 2006
St Lupus Day 03:03 2006
The Church of Magneto/Raven Is My Slave Name 02:40 2006
Rejection Is Never Easy 01:09 2006
Fight in the Woods 03:06 2006
Phoenix Rises 06:29 2006
Bathroom Titles 01:09 2006
Dark Phoenix Awakes 01:45 2006
Cure Wars 02:57 2006
The Drop 03:42 2004
Moscow Wind Up 06:54 2004
Goa 03:00 2004
Alexander Platz/Abbott's Confession 03:34 2004
Berlin Foot Chase 05:16 2004
New Memories 02:48 2004
To the Roof 05:32 2004
Nach Deutschland 02:40 2004
Gathering Data 01:54 2004
Atonement 01:30 2004
Funeral Pyre 02:21 2004
Bim Bam Smash 05:09 2004
The Apartment 03:27 2002
Jason's Theme 02:21 2002
The Drive to Paris 01:30 2002
On Bridge Number Nine 03:45 2002
Escape From Embassy 03:13 2002
Jason Phones It In 03:05 2002
Bourne on Land 01:42 2002
At the Farmhouse 02:54 2002
At the Bank 04:07 2002
Taxi Ride 03:43 2002
Treadstone Assassins 02:12 2002
The Investigation 01:40 2002
Drum and Bass Remix 02:16 2002
Bourne Gets Well 01:21 2002
Hotel Regina 02:12 2002
The Bourne Identity 05:58 2002
Main Titles 04:19 2002
At the Hairdressers 01:31 2002
Mood Build 03:36 2002
In My Room 00:00
If I Could Sing 00:00
The Alien Ships 00:00
The Skua Birds 00:00
Lovelace's Pile 00:00
Killer Whales 00:00
Singing Lessons 00:00
Finding Aliens 00:00
Fun Food Storm 00:00
Wives Ho! 00:00
Bob's LED 00:00
The Hill 00:00
Helicopter 00:00
Birth of Mumble 00:00
Adélieland 00:00
Gloria Joins 00:00
Tap Versus Chant 00:00
The Eggs Hatch 00:00
Leopard Seal 00:00
Finding Lovelace 00:00
Mumble Returns 00:00
The Huddle 00:00
Fish 00:00
Leader of the Pack 00:00
First Contact 00:00
Graduation 00:00
Exile 00:00
In the Zoo 00:00

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