Michael Kramer is an Emmy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist for film, television, and video games. A graduate of USC’s prestigious film scoring program, he currently scores the hit Disney XD TV series LEGO STAR WARS: The Freemaker Adventures, for which he received a 2017 Emmy Award nomination. Drawing from the familiar building blocks forged by John Williams, the score is recorded with a live 80-piece orchestra and carries the universal message of Star Wars to a new generation.
Other recent TV credits include the Cartoon Network series LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu, the original HULU seriesComplete Works, CBS Sports’ Ball Up, andSons of Tuscon on FOX. A seasoned composer for documentaries, Michael’s retro synth inspired score to Beaver Trilogy Part IV premiered at Sundance in 2015. On the big screen, Michael’s music can heard in Furious 7, Thor: The Dark World, andTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on which he collaborated with Brian Tyler. His video game credits include Need For Speed: The Run, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. He has scored commercial campaigns for companies like Office Depot, Motorola, LEGO, Pringles, NutriBullet, and the Air National Guard. In 2012, Michael turned his attention to the stage, winning an Ovation Award for Best Original Score for his work on the dance-theatre production Stations:
A Los Angeles Holiday Story.
Raised in Chicago by a master woodworker, Michael approaches each score like a carpenter with a keen eye for craftsmanship. Combining a spirit of inventiveness with meticulous attention to detail, he believes that materials matter, and uses his expansive collection of instruments, cutting edge technology, and digital samples to craft a score uniquely fitting of each project. A passion for the process of filmmaking lies at the core of his work, and through collaborating with directors and producers, Michael relishes the challenge of guiding a project from the script to the final mix.
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