Film Courage: When did you realize you had artistic talent?
Frank Dietz, Screenwriter/Artist: Oh boy! I think the first drawing that I can remember doing was in kindergarten and I think that the teacher just said draw something that you like and even back then I was obsessed with alligators (as I’m still today obsessed with alligators) but I can remember drawing an alligator with green crayons whatever and I don’t remember what it looked like exactly but I do remember that people made a fuss about it like Hey! Wow, that’s a really good drawing and I didn’t really think that much of it until it kept happening people kept I’d win a prize for my drawing like in second grade or whatever and and then people started to say Oh, you know Frankie’s going to be an artist when he grows up…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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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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