FRENZER


BIO:

Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, Joel has worked as both a professional animator and independent artist.  Through the Olive Jar Animation Studio and The Animation Cowboys, he’s been involved with several Cartoon Network projects as animator and voice-actor. His independent films have been featured in international festivals, workshops, galleries, and on the web.   He has taught and assisted animation classes at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, WGBH, and is currently a full-time professor of animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is working on a new animated series about comedy and self portraits.

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EDUCATION:

MFA – MA College of Art and Design   2012

BFA – Rhode Island School of Design  2000

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

ANIMATION PROFESSOR
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2004 – Present
VIDEO INSTRUCTOR
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2002 – 2004
ANIMATION TEACHING ASST.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2001 – 2004
VISITING ANIMATION ARTIST
Cambridgeport School, Cambridge, MA
2001 – 2003

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PERFORMANCE/COMMERCIAL ART EXPERIENCE:

AFTER EFFECTS ARTIST
Model A Productions, New York, NY
2015
VOICE ACTOR/SOUND MIXER
Sperry Top-Sider, Brooklyn, NY
2015
COMEDIAN/HOST
Frenzer Foreman Anim. Forum, Brooklyn, NY
2010 – Present
COMPOSITOR
The Electric Company T.V. Show, New York, NY
2011
DIRECTOR/ANIMATOR
NY Int. Children’s Film Fest., New York, NY
2011
DIRECTOR/ANIMATOR
Oglio Records, Torrance, CA
2009
CAMERA OPERATOR/ANIMATOR
Resisting Paradise Film, Boston, MA
2003
ANIMATOR
Olive Jar Studios, Boston, MA
2000 – 2001
PUPPET DESIGNER/PERFORMER
Big Nazo Puppets, Providence, RI
1998 – 1999

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ACTING EXPERIENCE:

(Film)
3 BAHADUR Voice (Gabru-dog) Dir. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
PIG Voice (Farmer/Pig) Dir. Steven Subotnick
FIGHT Voice (Various Characters) Dir. Steven Subotnick
BOY Voice (Omniscient) Dir. Steven Subotnick
JELLY FISHERS Voice (Fly/Little Girl) Dir. Steven Subotnick
SAINTS of the OLD CITY Featured (Checkered Man) Dir. Greg Mahoney
BLIND THE DEVIL Featured (Mark) Dir. Adam Swaab
NEGATIVE SPACE Lead (Jacob) Dir. Adam Swaab
(Television)
UTICA CARTOON Voice (Marty Turtle/Cop) Cartoon Network
Dir. Fran Krause
(Theater)
OPEN HAIRBRUSH Comedy Show (Founder/Host) Brooklyn, NY
THE MOTH Storytelling New York, NY
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE Improv Comedy New York, NY
BIG NAZO SHOW (Seamus McFeeces/Various
Puppet Characters)
Lisbon Portugal World Expo
Seattle Bumbershoot Festival
Las Vegas Fashion Week
Dir. Erminio Pinque
ON A TRAIN Lead (Marcel Duchamp) Rhode Island School of Design
Dir. Chris Sergio

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FILMOGRAPHY:

  • NOSEFLUTE  (2016) Work in Progress
  • SMFAces  (2014) Promotional Series for SMFA
  • OBDOMIA (2012) 4:05; HD video; color – part of gallery installation
  • HASTA LA FEASTA  (2011) 4:30; HD video; color
  • T.H.I.R.S.T. (2011) 3:30; HD video; color
  • AARON’S LOST RECAP  (2009) Web Series; 13 X 2:00
  • THE BEATBOX BASTARD ON A DATE  (2008) 4:15; video; color
  • PAPER BEARS (2007) 3:11; video; color
  • HUMAN TELEPORTATION INTO DEATH (2005) 30 sec; 16mm; color
  • ARCHITECTURE OF A MIGRAINE (2003) 1 min; video; b/w
  • BEN BY FRENZER (2001) 5 x 30s shorts; computer; color
  • BRISKET (2000) 9 min; 35mm; color
  • BRICKMAN (1999) 5 min; 16mm; color
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SCREENINGS/EHXIBITIONS:

  • OTTAWA INT. ANIM FESTIVAL – Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2011 – 2015. Hosted the awards ceremony.
  • NEW ENGLAND ANIMATORS – Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, MA. 2014. Screened  *SMFAces*– group show.
  • POSITIONS OF POWER, LAND VIEW – Clay Center – Charleston, WA. 2013. Exhibited collaborative animated film for Ethan Murrow’s solo show.
  • MAGNETIC MONOPOLES – Entwine Gallery, New York, NY. 2013. A solo show of ink drawings and animations
  • Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI. 2012. Artist Talk.
  • NARCISSISTIC EXCESS – Obsolete Gallery, Venice, CA. 2012.  Exhibited collaborative photo and video work as part of Ethan Murrow’s solo show.
  • MFA Graduate Show – Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA. 2012.  Exhibited a multi-channel installation entitled *OBDOMIA*.
  • OTTAWA INT. ANIM FESTIVAL – Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2011. *T.H.I.R.S.T.* official selection.
  • OTTAWA INT. ANIM FESTIVAL – Ottawa, ON, Canada. 2011. Hosted the awards ceremony and performed live podcast show.
  • Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI. 2011. Performed live podcast recording.
  • NEW ENGLAND ANIMATORS – Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, MA. 2011. Hosted the 3nd Annual New England Animators Show and screened *T.H.I.R.S.T.* – official selection.
  • Art Institute of Boston – Boston, MA. 2010. Artist talk.
  • Montserrat College of Art– Beverly, MA. 2010. Artist talk.
  • FRENZER FOREMAN ANIMATION FORUM – Ottawa ON Canada, 2010. Podcast performance and recording.
  • FRENZER FOREMAN ANIMATION FORUM – Hollywood, CA 2010. Podcast performance and recording.
  • FRENZER FOREMAN ANIMATION FORUM – Ottawa ON Canada, 2009. Podcast performance and recording.
  • SOMERVILLE IN SHORTS FESTIVAL- Somerville, MA, 2009. *PAPER BEARS* official selection.
  • NEW ENGLAND ANIMATORS – Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, MA. 2009. Hosted the 2nd Annual New England Animators Show.
  • MAINE INT. FILM FESTIVAL – Waterville, ME. 2008. *THE BEATBOX BASTARD ON A DATE* official selection.
  • ANNECY INT. ANIMATION FESTIVAL – Annecy, France. 2008. *THE BEATBOX BASTARD ON A DATE* official selection.
  • ANIMATOR 2008 FESTIVAL- Poznan, Poland, 2008.*THE BEATBOX BASTARD ON A DATE* official selection.
  • NEW ENGLAND ANIMATORS – Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston, MA. 2008. Screened *PAPER BEARS* and*THE BEATBOX BASTARD ON A DATE*– group show.
  • FIRST NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 2007. *PAPER BEARS* official selection.
  • FLAVOR CAVE FESTIVAL- Providence, RI. 2007. *PAPER BEARS* official selection.
  • OUTPOST SHOW – Outpost Gallery – Brockton, MA. 2006. Screened *HUMAN TELEPORTATION INTO DEATH* and *ARCHITECTURE OF A MIGRAINE*.
  • SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM FESTIVAL – Austin, TX. 2001. *BRISKET* official selection.
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PANELS and JURIES:

  • COLLEGE EMMY AWARDS JUDGE – Hollywood, CA. 2008 & 2009  Judge For Best Comedy – Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL GRANT PANEL – Somerville, MA. 2003 &2006.  Reviewed film submissions and awarded grant money
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GRANTS and AWARDS:

  • FACULTY ENRICHMENT GRANT 2006 & 2008 – from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • TRAVEL GRANT2006 & 2008 – from School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES FACULTY FELLOW – 2007.
  • LEF FILMMAKING GRANT – 2003 & 2006.
  • MACROMEDIA GRANT – 2003 – for the film “Molly Bannaky”, made in collaboration with students from the Cambridgeport School.
  • CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION IN TEACHING – 2002 & 2003 – from Harvard University.
  • BRUCE BOLDUC LEADERSHIP AWARD – 2000 – from the Film, Animation, Video department at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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OTHER SKILLS:

  • MUSICIAN – guitar, keyboard, drums
  • FINE ARTIST – sculpture and drawing
  • SOUND DESIGNER/FILM SCORER
  • COMEDY SONG WRITER/PERFORMER
  • STAND-UP COMEDY WRITER/PERFORMER
  • IMPROV COMEDY and STORYTELLING
  • PUPPETEER
  • CARTOONIST
  • AMATEUR CULINARY COOK
DOWNLOAD:  Joel Frenzer Résumé (PDF)

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