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John Powell (born 18 September, 1963) is an English composer and conductor, best known for his scores to motion pictures. After studying at London's Trinity College of Music, Powell 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. He has been based in Los Angeles since 1997 and has composed the scores to over fifty feature films. His 2010 score for the film How to Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards. He was a member of Hans Zimmer's music studio, Remote Control Productions, and collaborated frequently with other composers from the studio, including Harry Gregson-Williams and Zimmer himself.

Life and careerEdit

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 Los Angeles in 1997, and scored his first major film, Face/Off. This was followed by 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 film of 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's Green Zone, and Knight and Day.




Year Title Notes
1989–1993 Stay Lucky
1996–1997 High Incident


Year Title Notes
1994 The Wild Heels
1997 Face/Off
1998 Human Bomb
With Friends Like These...
Antz with Harry Gregson-Williams
1999 Endurance
Forces of Nature
Chill Factor with Hans Zimmer
2000 The Road to El Dorado with Hans Zimmer
Chicken Run with Harry Gregson-Williams
2001 Just Visiting
Shrek with Harry Gregson-Williams
Rat Race
I Am Sam
2002 D-Tox
The Bourne Identity
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Two Weeks Notice
2003 Stealing Sinatra
Agent Cody Banks
The Italian Job
2004 The Bourne Supremacy
Mr. 3000
2005 Be Cool
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown
United 93
X-Men: The Last Stand
Happy Feet
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
PS, I Love You
2008 Jumper
Horton Hears a Who!
Kung Fu Panda with Hans Zimmer
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2010 Green Zone
How to Train Your Dragon
Fair Game
Knight and Day
2011 Mars Needs Moms
Kung Fu Panda 2 with Hans Zimmer
Happy Feet Two
2012 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Ice Age: Continental Drift
2014 The Good Dinosaur
How to Train Your Dragon 2[1]
2016 How to Train Your Dragon 3

Awards and nominationsEdit




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