John Powell Interview

Having studied his music for a few years as part of a large research project on sound and subjectivity movies, I talked to composer John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, Bourne, United 93) today as part of a series of interviews for my PhD. A wonderful interviewee – thoughtful, honest and engaging – great material for my thesis, and has me thinking that a book on 21st Century film composer practice could be interesting.

There’s a terrific tour of his fantastic studio on YouTube.

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films, executive producing Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which won 11 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest in 2017, and producing Project 18 (Mackfall, 2018), currently in post-production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc