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Interview: John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future's Past)


Interview: John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future's Past)

Composer John Ottman shares about returning to the X-Men franchise after a decade-long absence.  He shares about his new theme for Professor X, composing the score for the opening action sequence twice, the apparent relationship between Magneto's theme in X-Men: First Class and his theme for Wolverine in X2: X-Men United.  He also talks about how using source cue/song can be more effective in a scene than an original piece.


Episode Highlights

00:00 - Introduction
01:50 - How does it feel to return to the X-Men franchise
08:15 - Where does this film fit?
11:20 - How did you approach this score?
14:13 - Bookending theme
15:18 - The Superman Returns effect
16:46 - "Little Secres/ Power of the Sun"
17:44 - Evolution of the X-Men score
19:07 - Synths are more work
21:53 - Magneto/Wolverine Theme
26:08 - The Quicksilver Scene
29:28 - X2 Expanded release from LaLaLand Records
30:25 - X-Men: Apocalypse?

Music Selections

00:00 - "The Future - Main titles" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
01:11 - "Welcome Back - End Titles" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
07:24 - "The Story of the Giants" (Jack the Giant Slayer) by John Ottman
14:26 - "Do What You Were Made For" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
16:46 - "Little Secres/ Power of the Sun" (Superman Returns) by John Ottman
17:55 - "Main Theme" (X-Men Animated Series) by Ron Wasserman
18:12 - "The X-Jet" (X2: X-Men United) by John Ottman
19:35 - "Paris Pandemonian" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
21:53 - "Time's Up (Film Version)" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
23:22 - "Death Strikes Deathstryke" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
24:48 - "Time's Up (Original Version)" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman
26:30 - "Time in a Bottle" ((X-Men Days of Future's Past) by Jim Croce
31:35 - "Hope: Xavier's Theme" (X-Men Days of Future's Past) by John Ottman



Notes:

Follow John Ottman on Twitter - @johnottman1

Special Thanks to Asenath Nakayama at Costa Communications for helping to secure this interview.


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