Last Days Of Disney Hand Drawn Animation – Frank Dietz

Film Courage: You came out to Los Angeles armed with scripts and are you also auditioning at this time?

Frank Dietz, Screenwriter/Artist: Yes.

Film Courage: You know you have this other talent which is drawing. How soon before you say well I am going to try and utilize this and fulfill my artistic longing?

Frank: Well here is the thing, I always believe that when an opportunity arises, take it. I mentioned earlier that my wife Liane was casting and she had gotten a job at Walt Disney Feature Animation in the casting department. I think they were working on Hunchback [The Hunchback of Notre Dame] at the time and she had been there for a few months. She was really liking working there. Just by being there she met…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).






BIO: Inspired at age 6 by a viewing of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, Frank Dietz has found success in the film industry as a writer, producer, director, actor and animator. Frank grew up on Long Island, N.Y, and then attended the State University at Oswego, where he majored in theatre and art. He starred in a series of now-cult low-budget horror films like ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, ROCK N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE, BLACK ROSES and THE JITTERS. Bitten by the film bug, Frank then moved to Los Angeles, where his screenwriting career began. He wrote the scripts for many independent features, including NAKED SOULS, COLD HARVEST and the MAGIC IN THE MIRROR series. In 1996, Frank returned to his artistic roots and joined Walt Disney Studios as an animation artist. His work can be seen in such films as HERCULES, MULAN, TARZAN, FANTASIA 2000, ATLANTIS – THE LOST EMPIRE, TREASURE PLANET and HOME ON THE RANGE. During this period Frank created the Sketchy Things series of classic monster sketchbooks, which became extremely popular with genre fans. In 2007 and 2008, Frank was awarded the very first Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for “Artist Of The Year.” In 2009 he joined Larry Blamire’s Bantam Street troupe, and appeared in THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, which was produced by Trish Geiger. In 2011…(Read more here).


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