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 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Just curious if there are any news about Mr. Ottman.
Last music credit on imdb is from 2018...
Would be great to hear some new score composed by him.
Thanks for any info.
MD

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Maybe he's caught that director curse, where once you win an Oscar you have to spend the next 4-5 years mulling over what your next project should be.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

He's on again, off again active on social media, so hes still around. Maybe taking a break after that Oscar win a year or two ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

He's doing so many things -- directing, editing, composing. So I'm sure we'll get another Ottman in due time.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Maybe he's caught that director curse, where once you win an Oscar you have to spend the next 4-5 years mulling over what your next project should be.

Yes, I recall when he was interviewed on the Score! podcast last year, he mentioned how he was at a crossroads as to whether venture back into directing or continue with composing only.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

I worry he'll be the composer equivalent of a cinematographer like Andrzej Bartkowiak or Mikael Salomon, who decides they'd rather be a B-list director than an A-list DP.

Bartkowiak shot 11 Sidney Lumet films, Terms of Endearment, Prizzi's Honor and many other films before directing Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, Doom and that lousy Street Fighter sequel.

Salomon shot The Abyss, Always, Backdraft and Far and Away before directing A Far Off Place, Hard Rain and a ton of television including those miniseries remakes of Salem's Lot, The Andromeda Strain and Coma.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2020 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

^ To say nothing of Jan De Bont's sad decline as a filmmaker (only Speed could be considered a good movie, the rest is crap).

Remember, Ottman passed on editing and composing the first X-Men...so he could make his directorial debut on Urban Legends 2.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2020 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Jan de Bont is another great example. I suspect he had a lot to do with the quality of McTiernan's two best movies, Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October (though they also had terrific scripts, strong stories and were almost perfectly cast, none of which I could fairly attribute to the cinematographer).

I'm always reminded of the Milton quote (which of course i only know because of "Space Seed"), roughly that it is better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Instead of doing nothing, he could split it and do one score/one film a year, as possible. I mean, you got to make a paycheck at some point, right?

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2020 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Just listened Lake Placid score and can ´t imagine that someone would allowed this kind of orchestral & beautifully atonal score in today´s movies. No memorable themes but lot of orchestral colors there.
Also the choir track form Age of Apocalypse from opening Egypt scene is amazing.
It would be sad, if should he decide to exit scoring scene.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2020 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   GOLDSMITHDAKING   (Member)

Hate to say it but maybe hes been blacklisted by being so associated with Bryan singer for so long?

To be clear,im not saying hes guilty of anything but given whats happened to Singer and all the accusations and everything,maybe Ottman is persona non grata in hollywood now.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2020 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Hate to say it but maybe hes been blacklisted by being so associated with Bryan singer for so long?

He WON AN OSCAR while pointedly avoiding making any mention whatsoever of Singer in his acceptance speech. If he publicly turned his back on Singer in that manner, I doubt he's been blacklisted.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2020 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   SoldierofFortune   (Member)

Curiously, this weekend, i was listening (for the first time) his work in Invasion, i like it, it's good, nothing remarkable (specially when you compare with things like X2 or Jack, the Giant Slayer), but make a good impresion on me.

And no one remember his work in Valkyrie?, that movie (and score) are tremedously underrated.

 
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