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John Powell interview: scoring Bourne, Hans Zimmer, Face/Off and more

Sean Wilson Jul 6, 2017

Composer John Powell chats to us about scoring Jason Bourne, working with John Woo, his upcoming work and more.

Few contemporary film composers have made an impact quite like John Powell. From animation to drama to his immediately influential, propulsive Bourne soundtracks, Powell's energetic, emotional and heartfelt blend of symphony orchestra, electronics and percussion make him a singular voice.

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Ahead of his BAFTA Screen Talks event at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th July, we were delighted to catch up with John to discuss his remarkable career and the secret to a truly great film score.

So 10 years after I saw The Bourne Ultimatum on the big screen and being electrified by your score I'm sat here talking to you, which is a real privilege. I wondered was there a particular film score that inspired you to become a film composer?
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'Bugs Bunny' - 'I Wanna' Easter Egg, I Wanna' Easter Egg'

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Warner Bros. 500th animated short released in 1947 is "Easter Yeggs", a word play on 'Easter eggs' and on 'yegg', a slang term for a burglar or safecracker. The technicolor cartoon, directed by Robert McKimson, produced by Eddie Selzer, from a story by Warren Foster, stars Mel Blanc with music by Carl Stalling, featuring Warners characters 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Elmer Fudd':

In the cartoon, 'Bugs Bunny' finds the 'Easter Rabbit' sitting on a rock, crying. The Bunny tells Bugs that his feet are sore, so he cannot deliver the Easter eggs. Bugs takes up the job, not knowing that, every year, the Easter Bunny gets some 'dumb bunny' to do his work for him.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Bugs "Easter Yeggs"...
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Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?'

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Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?'
Beverly Hills — Laika's "The Boxtrolls" saw its world premiere over the weekend at the Venice Film Festival, the third in a line of movies from the Portland-based animation studio that have aimed to push the medium at every step. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film is, like all Laika product, its own world, a dank, cockney yarn that, as ever, serves as a showcase for the company's craft prowess. I recently sat down with Stacchi, Annable and Laika CEO Travis Knight to discuss adapting Alan Snow's mammoth book "Here Be Monsters!," the use of increasingly sophisticated computer tools to aid stop motion animation and the vision for the company going forward. You can read through the back and forth below, and don't forget to check out Catherine Bray's glowing review from the Lido. "The Boxtrolls" opens in theaters Sept. 26. *** HitFix: Anthony, we met briefly at
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Raymond Scott Back On The Big Screen

If you grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons, you know the music of Raymond Scott, even if his name isn’t familiar. He was an innovative musician and composer whose propulsive, syncopated piece “Powerhouse” was adopted by Warner’s music director Carl Stalling as a recurring theme in his Looney Tunes scores. Other Scott melodies made their way into my consciousness because of their repeated exposure in these cartoons. Although he worked in the mainstream of show business, especially during his run as bandleader on the popular TV show Your Hit Parade in the 1950s, Scott was virtually forgotten until such musicologists as Irwin Chusid and Hal Willner started doing...

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Nyff 2011. Joseph Cedar's "Footnote"

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"If Henry Kissinger really invented the apercu 'academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low,' it would have been the cleverest (and probably the least evil) thing he ever said," writes Shelly Kraicer in Cinema Scope. "Joseph Cedar's brilliant academic comedy Footnote is an elaborate, witty, and deeply human investigation of that idea, and much more. Cedar frames his story as a post-Oedipal (or perhaps it's post-Northrop Frye) struggle between two Hebrew University-based Talmudic scholars: senior philologist Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) and his son Uriel (Lior Ashkenazi). Public speeches notwithstanding, the pair's relationship is tinged with a furious rivalry: Eliezer thinks his son is a superficial celebrity scholar, while Uriel resents the senior Shkolnik's lifelong immersion in textual minutiae. Eliezer is also terminally aggrieved that his work has never won the Israel Prize, the pinnacle of state recognition. When a minor bureaucratic snafu
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Prom 59: Hooray for Hollywood/John Wilson orchestra – review

Royal Albert Hall, London

For those of us who know our musicals from DVDs and Christmas TV, John Wilson's Hollywood Prom delivered a pleasurable shock. His orchestra, with its nine-piece percussion section and full-blown jazz big band, blasted out a surround-sound version of music that is usually squeezed through the tiny speakers of a telly.

Without the tap dances, chorus girls and (often flimsy) plots, the music had to stand up for itself. Wilson, who has brought a passion for authentic performance to movie soundtracks, shone a glittering spotlight on arrangers such as Ray Heindorf, Conrad Salinger and Lloyd "Skip" Martin. They were Hollywood's invisible men, who toiled behind the tinsel to stretch three-minute ditties into extended suites (This Heart of Mine) or craft subtle tone poems that became huge hits (Secret Love, sung beautifully by Clare Teal).

A tag team of vocalists interpreted familiar songs from movies made between
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I Wanna' Easter Egg...I Wanna' Easter Egg !!!

  • SneakPeek
Warner Bros. 500th animated short, produced in 1946 and released in 1947 is "Easter Yeggs", a word play on 'Easter eggs' and on 'yegg', a slang term for a burglar or safecracker. The technicolor cartoon, directed by Robert McKimson and produced by Eddie Selzer, from a story by Warren Foster, starring Mel Blanc with music by Carl Stalling, features Warners characters 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Elmer Fudd'.

In the cartoon, 'Bugs Bunny' finds the 'Easter Rabbit' sitting on a rock, crying. The Bunny tells Bugs that his feet are sore, so he cannot deliver the Easter eggs. Bugs takes up the job, not knowing that, every year, the Easter Bunny gets some 'dumb bunny' to do his work for him.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Bugs Bunny In "Easter Yeggs"...
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