When Grant Fitch was brought in midstream to serve as Unit Production Manager/Line Producer for “The Inspectors,” a Saturday morning show on CBS, the whirlwind of activity and disarray that greeted him might have hobbled a lesser-equipped hire. But for Fitch, it confirmed a long-held belief that a diverse background is perhaps the most effective way to train oneself for sound leadership in a high stakes, high pressure work environment, one where a plurality of skills is essential. It is an unconventional belief, to be sure. But for Fitch, it’s one that’s always rung true. He fit right in and delivered a scripted narrative to CBS on time.
There are a number of ways people can explain themselves as team players. Not everyone, though, can say that he was a member of a team that just happened to be “one of the most important bands of the 90s,” according to Sir Paul McCartney. For the better part of the 1990s, Fitch served as guitarist, vocalist, and principle songwriter for Paw and Palomar, two acts that have, between the two of them, recorded five albums and sold over 250,000 albums worldwide. Paw’s “Jessie” was a top ten hit in Australia, and their album Dragline was dubbed a “Top 20 Best Record of 1993” by industry magazine Kerrang. Fitch has also written for film soundtracks, TV commercials, and video games.
Once Fitch settled into the world of professional film and cinematography, his work ethic and ecumenical approach brought success quickly. He joined the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, delivering featurettes and key art stills to Universal, Lions Gate, and Anchor Bay. Similarly, he saw his print photography published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Lawrence Journal-World, and The Kansas City Star. He has written, directed, and shot ten featurettes, with interviews of high-profile celebrities, including Robert De Niro, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Cusack, and Andie MacDowell. Fitch has received ‘Producer’ credit on six feature films, including The Association, The Sublime and Beautiful, and Destination Planet Negro.
As an entrepreneur, Fitch has combined his passion for photography and film work into two small businesses. Grant Franklin Fitch showcases his commercial photography, a talent that has also earned him corporate contracts with John Deere, Sega, PepsiCo, and Frito-Lay. His relentless effort to tackle the seemingly never-ending number of details required to undertake even the smallest film project is what led him to found Electrical Odyssey, a full service production company.
Recently, Fitch served as the Producer and Production Manager for the psychological thriller Faceless, with director Marcel Sarmiento (Dead Girl). Prior to that, he produced the Indie Horror film Enclosure with director Patrick Rea (Nailbiter). However, he is most proud of his production work on Destination: Planet Negro for writer/director Kevin Willmott (CSA). This film is enjoying wide release through Candy Factory Films and was recently included in the British Film Institute Archives.
A native of Chicago, Fitch attended the University of Kansas. He is an avid reader and a committed fan of Hemingway, taking a playful delight in pointing out (to whomever will listen) that the Nobel Prize winner’s sentences were, on the whole, actually quite long. And complex. Fitch lives on James Island, South Carolina with his wife and three kids and can be reached at email@example.com or 785-766-6041.
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