Germaine Franco is an American film composer, songwriter, and orchestrator. Her work includes collaborating with film directors, storytellers, and production teams on studio blockbusters, independent features, documentaries, television series, immersive attractions, as well as concert and choral music. Franco is the first Latina invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences music branch and to receive the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature (Coco).
Recently, Germaine scored two #1 Netflix films: Work It and The Sleepover. Work It is a coming of age dance film, directed by Laura Terruso and produced by Alicia Keys, Leslie Morgenstein, and Elysa Dutton. It stars Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter, and Liza Koshy. The Sleepover is an action comedy film directed by Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect 3) and produced by Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon, starring Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, and Sadie Stanley. Also, Franco completed the score for the Curious George: Go Wild animated feature for Universal Animation, released on Hulu.
Other work highlights include co-composing the epic adventure score to Paramount’s live action film, Dora and the Lost City Of Gold, with John Debney, directed by James Bobin. Her score for Little, directed by Tina Gordon Chism for Universal Studios includes a mix of orchestral, hip hop, R&B, and gospel music. She created the lively score for Curious George: Royal Monkey, directed by Doug Murphy, for Universal Animation. Franco co-wrote and produced the main title theme song for the hit Nickelodeon show, The Casagrandes. In 2018, Franco was one of three female composers to score a major studio project with her work on Tag directed by Jeff Tomsic for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. She also completed the features Someone Great for Netflix, Life-Size 2 produced by Stephanie Allain for Freeform, and Vida for the Starz television series. She composed the score for Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa which premiered at both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.
Her work on the Oscar®-winning Pixar film, Coco spanned over four years. Franco co-wrote and produced five of the six original songs with screenwriter and co-director Adrian Molina, including “Un Poco Loco”, “The World Es Mi Familia”, and “Proud Corazón”. She produced, orchestrated, and arranged the 2018 Oscar®-winning song. She contributed additional music and co-orchestrated the score, giving the film its authentic Mexican sound.
At the 2018 ASCAP Screen Music Awards, Franco was recognized with the Shirley Walker Award. She is a Sundance Music Sound Design Fellow and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Germaine’s work can be heard in concert halls around the world including the Walt Disney Concert Hall with The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Puerto Rico Symphony, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Philharmonic, and many more.
Feature Film Filmography
|2008||Bolt||Orchestrator||Walt Disney Animation Studios|
|2011||Toy Story 3||Midi Programmer (uncredited)||Pixar Animation Studios|
|2011||Mars Needs Moms||Orchestrator||ImageMovers Digital|
|2017||Coco||Original Songs, Orchestrator||Pixar Animation Studios|
|2021||Encanto||Original Score Composed||Walt Disney Animation Studios|