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John Ottman


John Ottman is a film composer, director, and editor from the United States. John Ottman is known for his work in the film industry, particularly for composing film scores and editing films. He has collaborated with director Bryan Singer on several projects, and he is known for his versatile skills in both composing music and editing films.

Early Life

John Ottman was born in San Diego, California, United States, on July 6, 1964. Currently, he is 59 years old and has a birth sign of Cancer. He holds American nationality and holds North American ethnicity. His full name is John Verl Ottman.

We could not find much information regarding his parent’s and siblings’ identities on the internet. However, it is known that he began writing and recording radio plays on cassette tapes. He started playing clarinet when he was in fourth grade. Soon, his interest in audio switched to video. He transformed his parents’ garage into a production studio with replaceable sets.

John Ottman – Education

Talking about his academics, he attended De Anza College. Later, he graduated in the direction of actors from the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California in 1988.

Professional Career

Since 1993, John Ottman has been active in the entertainment industry. One of his first projects was to compose unique music for the computer game “I Have No Mouth and Must Scream.” He appears in the 2007 documentary Finding Kraftland for his agent, Richard Kraft.

Moreover, he is most recognized for his work as an editor, composer, and producer on Bryan Singer’s films. “The Usual Suspects,” “Apt Pupil,” “X2,” “Superman Returns” (which adapted John Williams’ original themes), “Valkyrie,” “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Caption: Composer John Ottman recorded his score to X-Men Apocalypse (Source: Scoring Sessions)

Other significant films on which he worked as a composer include 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, edited, and scored the 2000 horror film “Urban Legends: Final Cut.” He received a BAFTA Award for Best Editing for ‘The Usual Suspects’ and two Saturn Awards for Best Music for ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘Superman Returns.’

Continued his successful career

In 2019, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Editing and won the ACE Eddie Award and the Academy Award for his work on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which Ottman saw through on his own after both directors left (Bryan Singer was fired, and Dexter Fletcher began pre-production on “Rocketman” shortly after finishing the shoot).

Working with producers Graham King and Dennis O’Sullivan, Ottman managed the film’s post-production development as well as the difficult seas between filmmaker and studio. After “Bohemian Rhapsody” was nominated for and won Best Editing awards a shot of the band outside a bar became popular online following a post by YouTuber Thomas Flight, who was critical of the editing approach.

Ottman, who was aware of the clip, claimed that the studio requested a faster pace for the first act during a test screening. Following the test, Ottman restored the scene to its original tempo and design. Ottman regretted not reverting the scene outside the tavern to its original rendition. The sequence (directed by Fletcher) had no master shots of the musicians at the table.

Net Worth 2024

He has made a good fortune from his professional career as a film composer, director, and editor. However, he has not disclosed much about his salary, income, and net worth.

Relationship Status

In terms of his personal life, John Ottman seems to be single and not dating anyone at the moment. He prefers to maintain a low profile, he has not been spotted with any lady in public.

Meanwhile, he rarely talks about his personal life in front of the media. Additionally, there is also no information available about his relationship history. Similarly, the film composer has never been involved in any major controversy or scandal.

Body Measurements

Caption: John Ottman giving his speech after winning the Oscar Award (Source: IMDb)

Looking at his appearance, he has a pair of blue eyes with salt-pepper hair colour. However, there is no further information regarding his height, weight, and other body measurements,

John Ottman – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@ottmanjohn’ there are 1.1k followers. Likewise, there are 810 followers on his Twitter page ‘@JohnOttman1’ and over 4.8k friends on his Facebook page.