LARRY FRANZEN, Video Producer, began working as a sound designer/composer for film and television.  He has over 40 national television credits and his clients included the Emmy-award-winning “Press Box” on Prime Sports (now “Fox Sports News” on Fox Sports Net).  He also had a contract to compose music for promos for “Star Trek:  Voyager” and other shows on UPN (United Paramount Network, now “The CW.”)  In addition, he scored the music to “Inner Shadow,” an independent horror film distributed in Taiwan.


Larry then began working as Production Manager for Viewpoint, a 3D graphics house whose digital models appeared in visual effects sequences in films such as “Titanic,” “The X-Files,” “Independence Day,” “Godzilla,” and “The World is not Enough” (007).  After being promoted to Director of Audio Visual Services, Larry shot and produced marketing videos and commercials, including editing an interactive spot for the Sony Aibo robotic dog, featuring footage from the television show VIP (Columbia TriStar) starring Pamela Anderson.


After Viewpoint, Larry began working as a video producer for LessonLab and Pearson Education, a fortune 500 company, where he produced training videos and documentaries.  While at LessonLab he developed a unique approach to classroom videotaping and designed and built specialized video equipment for that environment.  At Pearson he produced and directed a feature-length documentary film with a budget of $200K called “The SIOP Model for Teaching English Learners.”  He also produced and directed a 45 minute documentary called “Enhancing Instruction in Science:  What the TIMSS Taught Us about Teaching Science.”  This video summarized the results of the TIMSS international science study which compared teaching methods in a number of countries.  The study conclusions and video examples were presented at National Geographic.  He has worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Defense.


In addition, he wrote, directed, and produced “The Explorer,” an independent feature film.  He recently completed “XF-1,” an action short.


After Pearson, Larry began working as an independent producer.  Projects include producing, shooting, and editing a documentary about the “Para Los Niños” school in the

Skid Row area of Los Angelesa collaboration with UCLA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  In addition Larry hosted a webinar discussing how he used a visual effects program called “Particle Illusion” in his film “XF-1.”  The client was GenArts, a company whose software has been used to create visual effects for films such as “The Twilight Saga:  New Moon,”

“Iron Man 2”, “Avatar,” and the Academy Award-winning drama “The Hurt Locker.”  Larry has a bachelor’s degree in Literature (focus - creative writing).