Derek Franzese

Derek Franzese

Director in Austin, Texas

About Derek

Name: Derek Franzese

Lives in: Austin, Texas

Occupation: Director


  • Urban Cowboy

    Urban Cowboy (2016)
    TV Movie by Craig Brewer (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A Mexican rodeo rider works as a runner for a powerful drug cartel.

  • 11.22.63

    11.22.63 (2016)
    Television (Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A teacher discovers a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which is complicated by the presence of Lee Harvey Oswald and the fact that he's falling in love with the past itself. Written by Anonymous

  • Hit

    Hit (2015)
    Film (short) by Katie Trew Cheline (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Brandon thinks he's met the girl of his dreams, until she brings a dead body on their first date.

  • The Cain Complex

    The Cain Complex (2015)
    Film by Marcello Zamarripa (Action and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Mateo suffers from PTSD and is prone to hallucinations. He is alone when his home is invaded by four heavily-armed, masked men. With his wife and children due back within hours, this all makes for one hellish night of mental and physical combat. Nightmare and reality only become certain when it may be too late. Written by Anonymous

  • Divine Access

    Divine Access (2015)
    Film by Steven Chester Prince (Comedy and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director DIVINE ACCESS is equal parts comedy and drama. Set in the south, it's a road movie, a buddy picture and an often sweet, thought-provoking story of redemption. Dragged from one religious experience to another by his mother Catherine in an attempt to fulfill her own spiritual quest, Jack Harriman finds that he knows more about the world's vast religions than most scholars. Living a simple life and using his religious expertise to attract women, Jack is asked to join a local cable access television show called Divine Access, produced by his good friend Bob McCord. Bob is keenly aware of Jack's penchant for discrediting religious zealots like the current host of the show, Reverend Guy Roy Davis. Jack humiliates Reverend Davis on an episode that quickly goes viral. Jack's immediate popularity fuels a jealousy and hatred within Guy Roy sending him on a downward spiral from grace. Jack, on the other hand, becomes a spiritual celebrity and reluctantly takes to the road on a multi-city ... Written by Anonymous

  • The Sauce

    The Sauce (2015)
    Film by Elizabeth Spear (Comedy) Actor After James Maniscalco-a ruthless, egomaniacal investment executive-decides he's going to start his own firm, he must get past a bunch of dimwitted executives hellbent on keeping their company afloat.

  • The Leftovers

    The Leftovers (2015)
    Television by Tom Perrotta (Drama, Fantasy and Mystery) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Revolves around mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 million people.

  • From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

    From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (2015)
    Television by Robert Rodriguez (Action, Crime and Horror) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers and their hostages. They all end up trapped in a desert bar secretly run by vampires and discover a vampire conspiracy.

  • Lazer Team

    Lazer Team (2015)
    Film by Matt Hullum (Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director After billions of years of thinking we are alone in the universe we decode a message (in the 60s) telling us we are not alone, and that the universe is a dangerous place and that we are going to be attacked. Luckily, the coded message came from a friendly alien race that fathered and protected us over the years. And now they are giving us the tools to fight back (in the form power armor). But the delivery service takes a long time (I'm assuming over 30 mins because they get the suit for free), and during those loooong decades waiting for that cargo ship to arrive with their one power suit, they choose a champion of earth to train to wear the suit and defend the earth! Then the ship finally arrives... Only to get shot down by 4 morons who play with the suit and ultimately get one piece each stuck to them. Now they need to work with the government to train these 4 morons with individual pieces attached to them. Will they save the day or will they stand around contemplating life? Written by Matt Silver

  • American Crime

    American Crime (2015)
    Television by John Ridley (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew The lives of the participants in a trial with significant racial motives are forever changed during the legal process.

  • Until We Could

    Until We Could (2014)
    Film (short) by Yen Tan Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

  • Open Windows

    Open Windows (2014)
    Film by Nacho Vigalondo (Action, Crime and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director An actress named Jill refuses to have dinner with Nick, a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest. In return, a guy named Chord, posing as Jill's campaign manager, helps Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. Nick starts a game in which he realizes that he is only a puppet into the maniacal plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star. Written by Anonymous

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood (2014)
    Film by Richard Linklater (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Written by IFC Films

  • About a Boy

    About a Boy (2014)
    Television by Jason Katims (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Will Freeman lives a charmed existence. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona, a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus, move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house, play ping-pong and gorge on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others. Written by NBC Television

  • Into Memory

    Into Memory (2014)
    Film (short) by Derek Franzese (Comedy and Drama) Producer, Director, Writer When a dying young man is released from the hospital for hospice, his closest friends and family surprise him with a small celebration of his life to create one last memory for him.

  • Men, Women & Children

    Men, Women & Children (2014)
    Film by Jason Reitman (Comedy and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Men, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers. Written by Paramount Pictures

  • Revolution

    Revolution (2014)
    Television by Eric Kripke (Action, Adventure, Drama and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously - and unbeknownst to her - had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. Written by NBC Publicity

  • Balls Out

    Balls Out (2014)
    Film by Andrew Disney (Comedy and Sport) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director With marriage, graduation, and the real world looming on the horizon, fifth year senior Caleb Fuller reassembles the ol' team of misfits for one last epic run in Intramural football.

  • Hysteria

    Hysteria (2014)
    Television Miscellaneous Crew A doctor travels to her hometown of Houston to investigate an epidemic among high school girls that may be spreading through technology.

  • Murder Trust

    Murder Trust (2013)
    Film (short) by Dwight Fisher (Comedy and Crime) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Murder Trust is the darkly comedic story of three men who, fueled by the misfortunes of the Great Recession, embark on a nefarious scheme to kill a homeless man after procuring a life insurance policy on him. Their plan for easy money goes awry after the homeless man proves to be a hard kill, and they are forced to take drastic measures in order to end his life, with their own friendship and freedom on the line. Written by Anonymous

  • Love & Air Sex

    Love & Air Sex (2013)
    Film by Bryan Poyser (Comedy and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director When brokenhearted Stan flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of "accidentally" running into his ex-girlfriend Cathy, he arrives to find their best friends Jeff and Kara in the middle of their own vicious breakup. Before too long, battle lines are drawn - and with the Air Sex World Championships in town, anything can go down. Written by Tribeca Film

  • Trooper

    Trooper (2013)
    TV Movie by Craig Gillespie (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew A sensible mother becomes a New York State Trooper.

  • Gay Bashers

    Gay Bashers (2013)
    Film (short) by Derek Franzese (Comedy and News) Producer, Director, Writer, Actor In the wake of a federal law approving gay marriage, homosexuals wreak havoc among the public.

  • Houston

    Houston (2013)
    Film by Bastian Günther (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Clemens Trunschka is a corporate headhunter who struggles with alcoholism. He is forced from the support of home when he must leave the country for work. This sends Trunschka plunging headlong down the rabbit hole & into innermost darkness. Written by Anonymous

  • Butcher Boys

    Butcher Boys (2012)
    Film by Justin Meeks (Action, Comedy, Horror and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring Sissy, her brother, Mikey, and friends, Kenny and Barbie, face to face with the macabre world of the Boneboys. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's cannibalistic tale A Modest Proposal, the Boneboys are international predators who deal in human flesh - dead or alive. Their hunting grounds are the cities of the world. Written by wildfan

  • The Girl

    The Girl (2012)
    Film by David Riker (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border.

  • Do Over

    Do Over (2012)
    Film (short) by David Fabelo (Comedy and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director High school sophomore Adam knows that for there to be any hope for his date with the lovely Sarah, he needs to make a good first impression. Despite flowers in hand and a solid opening line things still manage to veer off course. But a simple request just might give him another chance...and another...and another. Written by Anonymous

  • The Lying Game

    The Lying Game (2012)
    Television by Charles Pratt Jr. (Drama and Mystery) Miscellaneous Crew The Lying Game follows long-lost twins Emma and Sutton. Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted... by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the foster system. When the twins reunite as teenagers, they keep it a secret. While Sutton goes in search of the truth, Emma takes over her life and discovers more secrets and lies than she could have imagined. It's a season of secrets, seduction and life-and-death stakes as the twins continue to expose the skeletons in their family closet. Emma and Ethan's love is stronger than ever, but their relationship is tested by questionable motives and accusations. With Sutton's disappearance, Emma and Ethan don't know whether Sutton is missing or dead. Meanwhile, Char's aunt Annie has returned to town after many years, bringing back old memories and secrets that Alec and Ted would like to keep in the past Written by ABC Spark

  • The Secret Lives of Wives

    The Secret Lives of Wives (2012)
    TV Movie by Iris Krasnow (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Explores the unvarnished truth behind the marriages of four different women, breaking down the creative ways each close friend nurtures, maintains and endures what many see as an impossible convention of modern life. With a relatable and provocative approach, the pilot will provide an honest portrayal of the ultimate challenge every relationship faces - emotional and sexual longevity. Written by Lifetime

  • Out of the Darkness

    Out of the Darkness (2012)
    Film by Danny Carrales (Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The movie follows the story of Jonah Thomas, a US senator, who gets trapped in an epic battle fought between life and death.

  • Slacker 2011

    Slacker 2011 (2011)
    Film by Bradley Beesley (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A guy is living a slacker life.

  • The Fickle

    The Fickle (2011)
    Film (short) by Bryan Poyser (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew

  • Interventions

    Interventions (2011)
    Film (short) by Derek Franzese (Comedy) Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Dr. Jeremy Boone has been asked to intervene in his most heinous addiction yet.

  • A Man Made Early

    A Man Made Early (2011)
    Film (short) by Cruz Angeles Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Miscellaneous Crew High school senior, Tony Rodriguez, struggles with the decision of attending a college close to home or accepting a scholarship from a university in another state. Tony will have to confront peer pressure, cultural limitations, and family expectations to make his own decisions. Written by Anonymous

  • My Generation

    My Generation (2010)
    Television by Noah Hawley Miscellaneous Crew A decade after High School, ten people try to live out their dreams while appearing on a reality show.

  • Machete

    Machete (2010)
    Film by Robert Rodriguez (Action, Crime and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! Written by rmlohner

  • Upon a Midnight Clear

    Upon a Midnight Clear (2009)
    Film by Arik Renee Avila (Animation, Drama, Family and Music) Producer, Actor Having been found in a piano store, this story follows Frost Allicaster a clever young pianist who is shunned and bullied by her fellow classmates. In search of refuge from the torment, Frost cries out for help and is answered via text messages on her Iphone. Now given 3 wishes she ventures out into worlds unknown from a family she never knew, fame and fortune to utter chaos, in hope of finding the courage in herself to face the oppression of everyone around her. Written by D7 Studios Inc.

  • Now Entering: A Millennial Generation

    Now Entering: A Millennial Generation (2008)
    Film by Derek Franzese (Documentary) Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer

  • Test Day

    Test Day (2005)
    Film (short) by David Fabelo (Comedy) Producer "Be sure to read over every option carefully and pick the best possible answer." For Anthony Valledor, this advice applies to more than the section of the test he will be graded on. As a child of mixed heritage, Anthony encounters many options for his identity, but by choosing any one, is he neglecting what makes him truly unique? Written by Taylor Allen, David Fabelo

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