Q-FACTORY group exist as three members:
(Film & Television Composer/Record Producer/Songwriter)
Film and television composer, record producer, songwriter you name it, Robert Etoll does it and does it well. His dynamic musical talents can be heard on projects as diverse as recordings by Reba McEntire and Jennifer Love Hewitt, as well as work for film directors Steven Spielberg and Garry Marshall. Robert composed and performed the successful feature films The Danger Zone and Vampire at Midnight, and has scored a number of TV shows. In short, his work has pervaded television, radio, cinema and the record charts for years.
Born in upstate New York, Robert began formally studying guitar at age 7. Realizing his passion for music, he started taking piano lessons in high school and continued his higher education at Boston¹s esteemed Berklee College of Music, where Etoll majored in composition and performance. After playing in various bands since age 12, Robert formed a 10-piece horn band called Back Bay Brew that was based in Boston and successfully toured the East Coast.
This led to Robert's move to the West Coast to pursue his desire to compose music for film and television. A slight detour in his first few months in Los Angeles occurred after the world-famous jazz/rock drummer Alphonse Mouzon asked Etoll to be his guitarist on his European tours. During one of the tours, at a festival stop in Oslo, Norway, Robert got a chance to jam with guitar legend Jeff Beck, one of his childhood heroes. Obviously, a "highlight of my career," says Etoll.
Moving from performing to producing and writing songs was an easy transition. Robert quickly locked in a deal with Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, where he secured a number of covers domestically and internationally for many artists, including Reba McEntire, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Harumi Tsuyuzaki, Brigitte Nielsen and Nikka Costa.
From the songwriting world to composing music for film and television, his true passion, Etoll has established himself as the "go-to guy" in the realm of full-length feature films, documentaries, cartoon animation, television theme songs, and has become one of the top calls in the industry to "special compose" music for theatrical trailers. His production company, Robert Etoll Productions, has also spun off a music licensing company called Q-FACTORY (www.qfactorymusic.com) that specializes in unique music and sound design for the trailer industry with CD titles such as TRAILER RISES, PERCUSSIVE ELEMENTS, HITS-SWISHES-STINGERS-AMBIANCE-DRONES-ATMOSPHERES Volumes 1-4 and TRAILER INTROS to name a few.
Robert has also composed the original music for Cessna Aircraft's (www.cessna.com) promotional product videos and trade shows since 1995.
Additionally, Robert has instructed aspiring composers in the Extension program at the University of California at Los Angeles, teaching Music Composition for Film and Television.
Film & Television Composer
Robert has scored a number of full-length feature films, documentaries and TV shows, including Paramount Pictures' Running Cool and various music and songs for Gary Marshall¹s The Princess Diaries 2 and Exit to Eden, not to mention the full scores and songs for cult classics The Danger Zone and Vampire at Midnight. A trip to England was required to complete the score for Never Say Never Mind. Etoll's music for the Discovery Channel's The Impostors and The Power of Music has received rave reviews. Also for The Discovery Channel, he composed various cues for Before We Ruled the Earth and Red Flag. .A few years ago, Robert traveled to Japan to score 52 episodes of an animated cartoon series called Zoids. The show was such a success in Japan that it is now playing here in the States on the Cartoon Network daily. Also playing regularly and featuring Etoll's music are various episodes of Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory and ESPN's Sport Century: A Year in Review as well as the theme song for the #1 game show for The Game Show Network, Lingo.
Trailers & TV Spots
After scoring his first trailer for the marketing campaign of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part 3, Robert found a highly successful niche as one of the top calls in Hollywood for special scoring of trailers and TV spots for the film industry. His music has helped the promotion of more than 300 films, including: Spiderman 2, Kingdom of God, House of Flying Daggers, Batman Begins, The Manchurian Candidate, Bridget Jones's Diary, Chocolat, Boys Don't Cry, Dead Man Walking, Erin Brockovich, Fight Club, Indecent Proposal, Minority Report, The Cider House Rules, The Mask of Zorro, The People vs. Larry Flint, Unfaithful, The Usual Suspects, X-Men and many TV promo spots including American Idol, CSI:Miami, Boston Public, 24, House, The OC and Steven Spielberg's High Incident for DreamWorks Television (plus many more).
As a songwriter/producer, Robert wrote and produced seven songs for Jennifer Love Hewitt's debut CD, and is well represented on Reba McEntire's Grammy-nominated album Reba (which was No. 1 for eight weeks) with his song "Silly Me." He wrote and produced five songs (including her first hit single, "Time") for Harumi Tsuyuzaki, now a Japanese pop star. Crusader Records artist Debrae has just finished her debut CD, Desperate Heart, with Etoll producing all 11 songs and co-writing four, including the first single, "Take Me Now."
Dean Grinsfelder considers himself fortunate to have achieved a high level of success working in a field for which he has great passion. After scoring hundreds of projects over the last two decades, his love of music and film continues to drive him to evolve as a composer and collaborator in the filmmaking process. Dean's award-winning work has been heard on an ever-expanding range of projects, including:
• Feature films (P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Stonebrook, Vicious Circle, Finding Idaho)
• Television series, miniseries and MOW's (Star Trek: Enterprise, American Fighter Pilot, Dinosaur Planet, Before We Ruled the Earth, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Lingo-Game Show)
• Commercials (Ford, Mobil Oil, Office Depot, Logix and Schwartzkopf Cosmetics)
• Film Trailers (The Machinist, The Bourne Supremacy, Napoleon Dynamite, The Cider House Rules, Star Trek: Insurrection, Bedazzled)
• Logos and I.D.s (AMC Theaters, Bristol Bay Productions, iWERKS Entertainment) and
• Interactive media (Microsoft's Freelancer, EA's Ultima: Ascention)
Dean's diverse client list includes studios and networks such as Disney, Discovery Channel, CBS, NBC, Fox/Marvel Films, Miramax Films, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Scott Free Productions (Tony Scott), blue-chip advertisers such as Ford, Mobil Oil, Office Depot and Schwartzkopf Cosmetics, and film and television projects featuring talent such as Toby McGuire, Reese Witherspoon, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steve Guttenberg, Seth Green, Kathleen Turner and Mark Hamill.
Dean's work has earned him accolades and recognition in a number of venues. He received a 2004 Emmy award for his music and sound editing work on "Dinosaur Planet" (a miniseries for Discovery Channel), and a 2003 Emmy nomination for his work on "Before We Ruled the Earth" (a Discovery Channel TV movie). Dean's score for the 1999 Logix Communications TV commercial (with/Leonard Nimoy) won the national "Telly" award, a "Mobius" award and numerous local market advertising awards. He has also received various awards for his work on Disney's "Image Quotes" campaign and SAS's "Harvest" commercials. In addition, many of the independent films he has scored have won awards and received critical praise at film festivals around the country.
Dean is experienced in virtually every aspect of the music production process. Through his production company, Highland Music Productions, Dean provides a full range of audio-related services, including: • Music composition & arranging
• Orchestration & music preparation
• Conducting & session management
• MIDI sequencing & production • Engineering & recording
• Music supervision
• Music editing
• Sound design
Dean's love for the art of filmmaking and his acute sense of story serves as his creative drive as a composer. One of his past collaborators, Byron Thompson (director of the feature film "Stonebrook") comments: "Dean simply gets it. He knows what the music is supposed to do, and he knows how to do it. He writes wonderful melodies, yet keeps the music subtle."
Born April 11, 1960, Dean is a native of the town of Ross in Marin County, California. He began playing the piano at the age of five and went on to earn a B.A. in Music Composition from UC Berkeley. After performing as a professional keyboardist and composer/arranger in numerous bands around the country, he completed coursework in the Film Scoring program at UCLA Extension and was selected to participate in the highly acclaimed ASCAP/Fred Karlin Film Scoring Workshop in 1996.
Dean has a unique business orientation toward the music and entertainment industries, having earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA and subsequently achieving the position of Vice President of Real Estate Finance for the Wall Street firms of Salomon Brothers and CS First Boston. He has organized and moderated seminars on business and technical subjects for fellow composers at UCLA and for the Society of Composers and Lyricists.
Dean is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and the American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC). He is an avid tennis player (USTA level 5.0), trail runner and outdoors enthusiast. Dean resides with his family in Pacific Palisades, California.
Film and Television Composer
An intimate knowledge of various musical styles, ranging from classical, jazz, techno, and pop, to African, Middle Eastern, Latin and beyond makes Paul Dinletir an extremely versatile composer and a first call amongst many film and television producers and directors. A man of unique and varied talents, Paul is able to call upon his vast resources of musical ability to compose, arrange, orchestrate and record for almost any style.
Paul composes music for the critically acclaimed cartoons: My Life as a Teenage Robot, Samurai Jack and Clone Wars. He is also the number one call to compose various reality shows including: Hell¹s Kitchen, The Swan, The Swan II, Forever Eden and Paradise Hotel with additional credit on The Apprentice and The Contender. He is also one of the top calls to compose special compositions for the film industries promotional trailers including: Electra, Hotel Rwanda, Team America, Hide and Seek, Manchurian Candidate, Polar Express, Spiderman 2, Blade: Trinity and Batman Returns to name just a few.
Paul studied film scoring at UCLA and composition and performance at the Grove School of Music. He also studied classical piano performance at Glendale College and jazz piano at Eubanks Conservatory.
Paul lives in Burbank, California where he owns and operates PM Productions Studio.