Craig Stuart Garfinkle
As an Emmy-nominated and award winning music producer and composer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle's career includes work on feature films, trailers, documentaries, multimedia, television, commercials, stage, CDs, and video games.
Recently, Craig was part of the Blizzard music team composing and producing for the iconic video game, 'World of WarCraft' and its expansion, 'Warlords of Draenor' (Winner, Hollywood Music in Media Award, "Best Video Game Score", an ASCAP Composer’s Choice Award Nominee, as well as numerous other nominations.) This is a continuation of his experience composing for video games that dates back to the earliest 'Dungeons and Dragons' games.
He is also known for his classic game score to 'Baldur’s Gate, The Dark Alliance II,' and the menu theme for 'Fallout, A Brotherhood of Steel'.
Craig has just completed composing his 30th film score, the family drama, 'It’s Dark Here' (starring Illiana Douglas, Bubba Lewis, and William Mapother). Other recent features include: The horror film, '8989 Redstone' (New Wave Entertainment) The black comedy, 'Get Out if You Can' (directed by TJ Martin), the supernatural thriller, 'The Occupants' (starring Cristin Milioti, Todd Alcott, writer of Antz, is the writer/director). Recently, Craig wrote the score for the indie comedy and now festival favorite 'Karaoke Man' (starring Bug Hall, Spencer Locke and Caitlin Crosby).
A recent TV project would include the VH1 sketch comedy program, Stevie TV. The show features numerous musical parodies of current artists such as Lady Ga Ga and Katy Perry. Craig performs, produces, and co-composes these songs.
His music has appeared in hundreds of other television episodes and programs such as NBC's 'The Office', 'Fringe', 'Lost', 'The Sopranos', 'The Jeff Foxworthy Show', 'America's Got Talent', 'X Factor', and 5 Disney Animated series.
Craig is maybe best known, however, for his musical contribution to over 140 film trailers which fave sold over 5 billion in movie tickets. Some of his stand-out projects in this genre would include: Red, J.J. Abrams’ 'Star Trek', 'Sin City', the last three Harry Potter films, 'Vicky Christina Barcelona', 'Over the Hedge', 'Spider-man III', 'HALO II', 'James Bond: A Quantum of Solace', 'The Lord of the Rings', 'Return of the King', and many more.
Finally, Craig is a respected film music educator having received the 2011 “Instructor of the Year” award for his UCLA Extension Film Composition Classes, which he instructed over a period of 12 years. He’s also lectured on film music and film music technology for Columbia College Chicago, Screen Training Ireland, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, and Ilio Entertainment, among others.