Joshua Frankel is an animator, filmmaker and visual artist. Joshua grew up in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City in a building filled with musicians, actors and dancers. He spent most of his youth listening to hiphop and trying not to let anyone take his lunch money.
Frankel's most recent film, PLAN OF THE CITY was called "One of the best matches of visuals to music I have seen" by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post in a review of its screening in the Library Of Congress' 2011 performance series, and "Gorgeous" by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.
Originally trained in painting and drawing, in 2001 Frankel began creating animation and visual effects, mostly for TV commercials. After four years of shilling SUVs, shampoo and sugar water he quit his job and made his first short film, BICYCLE MESSENGERS, which fused the aesthetics of his paintings and drawings with photo-real visual effects techniques.
Since then Frankel has been working in a variety of media, attempting to use the powers he has acquired in advertising for good, rather than evil. Frankel has collaborated with his wife, Eve Biddle, to create a series of enormous murals in New York City, Philadelphia and Indianapolis that implant a sense of boyish wonder onto massive walls in public spaces using subject matter ranging from jellyfish to rockets.
In 2008 Frankel was commissioned to direct a series of ads for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, garnering hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.
Frankel has created projection design for the Lincoln Center Theater musical HAPPINESS (dir. Susan Stroman), the Broadway musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (dir. Stroman) and the opera MOSHEH (composer Yoav Gal).
He has also created previsualization animation for several feature films, including I AM LEGEND (dir. Francis Lawrence), SALT (dir. Phillip Noyce) and TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE (dir. David Slade), for the finale the video the game BIO-SHOCK 2 and for dozens of tv spots.
Joshua's work has shown in galleries and festivals around the world.
Last Updated: December, 2011.
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