Born and raised in Los Angeles, David Frankham grew up surrounded by the art and craft of filmmaking. After attending the University of Arizona, Frankham returned to his home city and worked as an apprentice under director Martin Donovan. During this time his craft was honed directing small documentaries and low-budget commercials. David’s very first commercial won the prestigious Art Directors Club Award, catapulting him into a fruitful career.
Frankham’s extensive catalogue of work spans campaigns for Adidas, American Express, Volkswagen, Nike, ESPN, Citi, Sony, Chase, HTC, Chevy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. His body of work has won multiple awards, including Clios and a Gold Lion at Cannes. David’s work is known for its narrative storytelling, authenticity of casting and organic cinematic quality. His films transcend a single genre, ranging from the docu-comedy to the visually dramatic.
Frankham directed and executive produced the gripping documentary series Witness, which follows a new generation of young combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda, and Libya. The series aired on HBO and debuted at the Venice International Film Festival to great acclaim.
David continued his impressive run of visual storytelling into 2014 with another film with Anomaly for Dick’s Sporting Goods titled “Every Season.” In the spot he worked with real life soccer players to create an exhilarating look into the middle of a match. In “Odometer” for Mercedes Benz, Frankham created a touching depiction of a family’s journey through life via their car. David also directed a moving spot for Subaru, teaming up with Carmichael Lynch.
David’s goal is to keep telling stories with human emotion and heart at their core, and he is excited to continue on that journey.