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John Ottman (born July 6, 1964) is an American film composer and editor. He is best known for collaborating with director Bryan Singer, composing and/or editing many of his films, including Public Access (1993), The Usual Suspects (1995), Superman Returns (2006), Valkyrie (2008) and Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), as well as the X-Men film series. For his work on Singer's 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Ottman won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

John Ottman
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Ottman in 2011
Background information
Born (1964-07-06) July 6, 1964 (age 55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer and film editor
Years active1993–present
Websitewww.johnottman.com

Life and careerEdit

Ottman was born in San Diego, California. He attended De Anza College and then transfer the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California, where he graduated in 1988.[1][2] 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.

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, Superman Returns (including adapting themes originally composed by John Williams), Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. 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. In 2019, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Editing and won the ACE Eddie Award and the Academy Award his work on Bohemian Rhapsody. Upon Bohemian Rhapsody getting nominated for, and winning, its Best Editing awards, several clips from the film went viral online and were criticized for their poor editing styles and continuity errors. Ottman, aware of the quality of the clips, explained that they were the result of mixing Singer and Dexter Fletcher shot scenes and in response to the producers' and test audiences' desires for dialogue and pacing, and he wished he could have handled them differently.[3]

FilmographyEdit

ComposerEdit

Discography
Feature films
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1993
Public Access Bryan Singer Occidental Studios
Cinemabeam
1995
The Usual Suspects 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: 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
United Artists
Brother's Keeper John Badham USA Network
Eight Legged Freaks Ellory Elkayem Warner Bros. Pictures
Point of Origin Newton Thomas Sigel HBO
Trapped Luis Mandoki Columbia Pictures
2003
X2 Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox
Marvel Entertainment
Gothika Mathieu Kassovitz Composed with: Warner Bros. Pictures
Columbia Pictures
2004
Cellular David R. Ellis New Line Cinema
Imaginary Heroes Dan Harris Main theme only Sony Pictures Classics
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
The Losers Sylvain White Warner Bros. Pictures
Halloween: The Night He Came Back Eric Iyoob
Darla Rae
Short film Film It Productions
2011
The Resident Antti Jokinen Image Entertainment
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
2016
The Nice Guys Shane Black Composed with: Warner Bros. Pictures
X-Men: Apocalypse Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox
Documentaries
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
2002
Round Up: Deposing The Usual Suspects MGM Home Entertainment
2003
Evolution in the Details: The Design of X2 Short 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making X2
2004
Celling Out Jeffrey Schwarz Short New Line Home Entertainment
Dialing Up Cellular Short
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
2015
Battle Creek Bryan Singer Episode: "The Battle Creek Way" CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
2017
The Gifted Bryan Singer 20th Television
Video games
Year Title Director Notes Distributed by
1995
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream David Mullich Cyberdreams

MGM Interactive

Other creditsEdit

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 With Rob Kobrin
2003
X2 Bryan Singer With Elliot Graham
2006
Superman Returns
2008
Valkyrie
2013
Jack the Giant Slayer With Bob Ducsay
2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
2016
X-Men: Apocalypse With Michael Louis Hill
2018
Bohemian Rhapsody Academy Award Winner - Best Film Editing / BAFTA Award Nomination - Best Editing
Director
Year Title Director Notes
1988
Lion's Den Himself Directed with:
  • Bryan Singer
2000
Urban Legends: Final Cut Also composer
Producer
Year Title Director Notes
1998
Apt Pupil Bryan Singer Associate producer
2008
Valkyrie Executive producer
2013
Jack the Giant Slayer Associate producer
2016
X-Men: Apocalypse Co-producer

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notable Alumni" Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, webpage of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, retrieved April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.deanza.edu/news/2019/ottman.html
  3. ^ "'Bohemian Rhapsody' Editor is as Embarrassed About that One Scene as You Are". /Film. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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