JOSH FRIZZELL

TOYOTA - Action

My first job was as an extra on a local TV feature. Having never been on set before this opened my eyes to the excitement and mystery of film-making. Quick to skip the ranks, my next job was as a stand-by props assistant on a major Hong Kong Feature Film. Straight out of school and delivering machine guns by helicopter up the Shot Over River in Queenstown New Zealand, I had found my calling.

I moved to Wellington, where the industry was booming, and worked in various capacities (mostly in the art department) and was fortunate enough to work with some of New Zealand’s most iconic film directors. Geoff Murphy, Barry Barclay, Vincent Ward and Geoff Dixon to name a few. Working on multiple films, TV shows and the massive commercials of the hay days of New Zealand advertising.

I moved into directing through music videos, helping pioneer the explosion of the music video industry in New Zealand through the 1990’s and winning multiple awards for some of NZ’s top recording artists.

The progression from directing music videos to commercials is a natural path, and winning best music video two years running at the NZ Film and Television awards I was quickly scooped up to direct commercials. I have enjoyed a long and successful international career in advertising, winning a bronze Lion at Cannes being one of the many highlights. I am currently a partner in a commercial film company with offices in Auckland and Sydney. 

I have been lucky enough to bridge the divide between drama and advertising, working my way up from my first TV drama, a low budget teen super hero comedy, to working on some of New Zealand’s biggest shows. Having recently finished a new eight part super natural thriller series for the BBC3 ‘Tatau’, and completing a second Season of NZ’s highly successful ‘The Brokenwood Mysteries’ I have positioned myself as one NZ’s most highly sort after drama directors.

Recently I have also completed a twelve minute short film that was selected for the ‘Show Me Shorts’ NZ Short Film festival.

Coming from a music video and commercial background has given me a fresh eye in the world of drama. With my work I’m keen to try and make it as much about the aesthetic as it is about capturing the drama and performances. TV is a visual medium and I believe as much as the show relies on the content of the script, it also has to look great to transcend the audience. 

Turning up on set today I am as excited by the mysteries of film-making as I was with my first job as an extra.

Cheers,

Josh.