Germaine Franco is the first Latina composer invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, music branch. She composes music and songs that reflect her extensive training as an orchestral musician, her electronic music programming prowess, her multi-instrumental expertise and her love of world music. Franco divides her time working on studio blockbusters, independent features, and VR and immersive reality projects.
She has scored and/or written songs for a variety of award-winning and high-profile feature, animation and documentary projects, including Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, which premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, and Margarita, directed by Dominique Cardona
Franco’s recent work on the Disney•Pixar’s Oscar-winning animated feature Coco is multifaceted, encompassing more than four years of creative collaboration with filmmakers. Franco wrote several songs with co-director Adrian Molina that can be heard throughout the film. In addition, she arranged, orchestrated and co-produced the Oscar-winning song “Remember Me,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Franco utilized her music and language skills while serving as music producer, additional composer, arranger and orchestrator in Mexico City where she led more than 50 Mexican musicians from multiple ensembles.
Franco is a current Women In Film Music Fellow. She was nominated for a Black Reel Award for her work on Dope, and is the first female composer to be hired by DreamWorks Animation. She is a Sundance Music Sound Design Fellow and a Board Member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.
Franco began her ascent in the world of film music production by working alongside some of Hollywood’s top film and TV composers as an additional composer, orchestrator, arranger, midi programmer and/or music producer for John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Randy Newman, Gustavo Santaolalla and Michael Giacchino. Her credits include more than 30 tent-pole productions, including Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon (1 & 2), Rio (1 & 2), The Lorax, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Kung Fu Panda (1,2 & 3), The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Italian Job, among others. Upcoming for Franco is the New Line feature film Tag, starring Jeremy Renner, Isla Disher, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms and Rashida Jones.