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Joe Kraemer (composer).

Joe Kraemer (born 1971) is an American composer. His film scores include The Way of the Gun (2000), Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008), and Jack Reacher (2012), as well as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Filmography
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Kraemer was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Albany, New York. His father and uncle were both musicians, and Kraemer began taking piano lessons at an early age. In high school he befriended an older boy named Scott Storm, who became a professional filmmaker. Kraemer’s first film score was for a Super-8 film written and directed by Storm, called Chiming Hour. Kraemer, who also acted in the film, was 15 at the time.[1] Storm later introduced Kraemer to filmmakers Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie.[1][2]

While attending Berklee School of Music in Boston, Kraemer decided he wanted to be a film composer. Through contacts such as Singer and McQuarrie, he was able to obtain work first as a sound (and occasionally music) editor, before eventually crossing over into television and film composing.[1]

Kraemer’s first feature film score was the 2000 film The Way of the Gun, a modern-day western written and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie. The film starred Benicio del Toro, Ryan Phillippe, and James Caan. Though the film performed poorly at the box office, it became something of a cult classic, and some industry insiders began to expect great things from Kraemer. [Note 1]

Over the next few years, Kraemer scored music for the hit Cinemax series, Femme Fatales, the docudrama Emerald Cowboy (2003); in 2006 he teamed up with his old classmate Scott Storm for the low-budget crime thriller Ten ’til Noon, which won awards at the film festival level; and in 2008 he scored the direct-to-video thriller Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, written by J. J. Abrams.

In 2012, Kraemer got his chance, composing the score for the Tom Cruise action thriller Jack Reacher. Directed by McQuarrie, the film grossed more than $200 million worldwide, making it by far the most high-profile project in Kraemer’s portfolio. His score was nominated in the Best Original Score – Feature Film category at the 2012 Hollywood Music In Media Awards.[4] His credits also include the 2014 film Dawn Patrol, starring Scott Eastwood. [5]

On the strength of this success, Kraemer was hired to score the fifth film in Cruise’s mega-successful Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).[6]

In 2016, Kraemer was commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to write new music for F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans[7]

In 2017, Kraemer composed the teen anthology series Creeped Out on CBBC.


  • Burn (1998)
  • Chi Girl (1999)
  • The Way of the Gun (2000)
  • Open House (2004)
  • All Souls Day (2005)
  • Ten ’til Noon (2006)
  • Room 6 (2006)
  • The Thirst (2006)
  • Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead (2008)
  • Jack Reacher (2012)
  • Favor (2013)
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)


  • ^ “Kraemer was heralded as one of film music’s ‘next big things’ following his excellent score for the thriller The Way of the Gun in 2000.”[3]
  • References[edit]

  • ^ a b c Interview with Joe Kraemer
  • ^ Joe Kraemer biography Internet Movie Database
  • ^
    Review by Jonathan Broxton Movie Music UK, January 15, 2013
  • ^ Dan Goldwasser (2013-01-16). “Joe Kraemer scores Jack Reacher”. Scoring Sessions. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
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  • ^ Joe Kraemer to Score ‘Mission: Impossible 5 Film Music Reporter.
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  • External links[edit]

    • Joe Kraemer on IMDb
    • Kraemer scores Jack Reacher
    • Composer Joe Kraemer Delivers Classic Score for ‘Jack Reacher’


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