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EDITORS’ NOTES

English film composer John Powell is blunt about the challenge of forging a sequel to Paramount’s warmly received animated fable: “The first film is beloved, so it literally is just: 'Don’t [screw] it up!'” The original also netted the composer his first Academy Award nomination, which raised the bar for this one even further. “I couldn’t bear the idea of coming out at the end and everybody going, ‘Okay it’s good, but not as good as the first one,’” Powell says with a chuckle. For Dragon 2, the composer started writing themes a year in advance, with the film’s closing Powell/Jónsi/Shane MacGowan song collaboration, “Where No One Goes,” requiring completion before animation could begin. Powell also returned to his original Oscar-nominated themes “in the first five minutes of the film, kind of like an overture from the first movie. From there on, [new] themes are very carefully introduced, linked into these ideas that the film is following.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

English film composer John Powell is blunt about the challenge of forging a sequel to Paramount’s warmly received animated fable: “The first film is beloved, so it literally is just: 'Don’t [screw] it up!'” The original also netted the composer his first Academy Award nomination, which raised the bar for this one even further. “I couldn’t bear the idea of coming out at the end and everybody going, ‘Okay it’s good, but not as good as the first one,’” Powell says with a chuckle. For Dragon 2, the composer started writing themes a year in advance, with the film’s closing Powell/Jónsi/Shane MacGowan song collaboration, “Where No One Goes,” requiring completion before animation could begin. Powell also returned to his original Oscar-nominated themes “in the first five minutes of the film, kind of like an overture from the first movie. From there on, [new] themes are very carefully introduced, linked into these ideas that the film is following.”

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About John Powell

English composer John Powell honed his craft, along with contemporaries like Harry Gregson-Williams and Klaus Badelt, as a member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions. Powell has provided score for numerous films, including the three Matt Damon-starring Bourne films, X-Men: The Last Stand, and all of the How to Train Your Dragon films, the first of which received an Academy Award nomination. ~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
London, England
BORN
September 18, 1964

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