Joe Kraemer

Joe Kraemer – Composer Profile

Joe Kraemer bio 2Joe Kraemer is an award-winning composer whose credits include the box office hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Dawn Patrol starring Scott Eastwood, and Tom Cruise’s hugely successful thriller Jack Reacher.

Kraemer has been scoring films since the age of 15, when he composed the soundtrack for high school classmate Scott Storm’s The Chiming Hour, a feature-length indie shot on Super 8 in 1986.  It was during this time that he first met a young writer named Christopher McQuarrie, a meeting that would lead to three career-defining projects for Kraemer: The Way Of The GunJack Reacher, and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.

Kraemer attended the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston to study film composition.  His first project was the NBC/Warner Brothers pilot The Underworld, written and produced by Christopher McQuarrie, shortly following McQuarrie’s Oscar win for The Usual Suspects.

Kraemer and McQuarrie would team up for the latter’s debut as a feature film director, The Way Of The Gun, which became a cult film and a favorite for ‘temp-scoring’ by music editors.  Ron Howard relied on the score heavily as temp music for his Best Picture film A Beautiful Mind, so much so that he included Kraemer’s music in the deleted scenes on the DVD and Blu-Ray.

In the years following The Way Of The Gun, Kraemer carved out an eclectic career scoring all manner of films, from documentaries to television movies to action and horror films.  He has written music for over 100 films, TV movies, episodic television, and film shorts, some 40 films just for The Hallmark Channel/Larry Levinson Productions alone! Strong melodic writing and superb dramatic sensibilities have kept him at the forefront of their rotation, and highlights include his scores for John Putch’s The Poseidon Adventure and A Time To Remember, the Mystery Woman series of ten films, and westerns such as Hard GroundLone Rider and The Trail To Hope Rose.  He has also written the music for The Hitcher II and Joyride 2 for director Louis Morneau, and six films with writer-producer Mark Altman, including House Of The Dead 2The Thirst and All Souls Day.

Kraemer’s close artistic partnership with Altman led to scoring duties for Altman’s TV series Femme Fatales, a sexy homage to film noir and other genres for HBO/Cinemax. Kraemer also wrote the score for the prestigious documentary An Unreasonable Man, an Oscar-shortlisted feature about Ralph Nader for directors Steven Skrovan and Henriette Mantell.

Kraemer is co-repped in the US by Rochelle Sharpe at Incite Management.

Film (selected)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATIONParamount Pictures
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Don Granger
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
**International Film Music Critics Association – Best Action Score of 2015**
**BSO Spirit Award – Best Action Score of 2015**
**BMI Film/TV Award 2015**
DAWN PATROLEnderby Entertainment
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Producers: Rick Dugdale, Scott Eastwood, Daniel Petrie Jr.
Starring: Scott Eastwood
FAVORConspicuous Pictures
Director: Paul Osborne
Producers: Leslie Wimmer Osborne, Tiffany J. Shuttleworth
Starring: Jeffrey Combs
JACK REACHERParamount Pictures
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Producers: Tom Cruise, Don Grainger, Gary Levisohn, Paula Wagner
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike
**BMI Film/TV Award 2012**
JOY RIDE 2: DEAD AHEAD20th Century Fox
Director: Louis Morneau
Producer: Connie Dolphin
Starring: Nicki Aycox, Nick Zano
THE THIRSTQFQ Films
Director: Jeremy Kasten
Producers: Mark A. Altman, John Duffy, Mark Gottwald, Chuck Speed
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Adam Baldwin
ROOM 6QFQ Films
Director: Michael Hurst
Producers: Mark A. Altman, Mark Gottwald
Starring: Christine Taylor, Chloë Grace Moretz
OPEN HOUSEBugeater Films / The Weinstein Company
Director: Dan Mirvish
Producers: Stephen Israel, Lawrence A. Maddox, Dan Mirvish
Starring: Hedy Burness, James Duval
SOMEWHEREThe Summerland Story Company
Director: Thomas Whelan
Producers: Emyr G. Graciano, Kyle Dean Jackson, Brian LaBelle
THE HITCHER II: I’VE BEEN WAITINGUniversal
Director: Louis Morneau
Producer: Patti Jackson
Starring: Jake Busey, Kari Wuhrer
THE WAY OF THE GUNArtisan Entertainment
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Producer: Kenneth Kokin
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis
Television (selected)
FEMME FATALESCinemax
Directors: Darin Scott, Robert Burnett, Mark A. Altman, Michael Hurst, Greg Pritikin
Producer: Aaron Ratner
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURELarry Levinson Production
Director: John Putch
Producers: Jon Brow, Mary Church, Randy Pope
FRAMEDSobini Fillms
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Producer: Cynthia Fitzpatrick