Frizzell has been working in the film industry since high school. Starting out in the art department he went on to work as stand-by props on local and international feature films, TV shows, and the big budget commercials through the boom time of New Zealand advertising. Frizzell was fortunate enough to work with some of New Zealand’s most iconic film directors, Geoff Murphy, Barry Barclay, Vincent Ward, Lee Tamahori and Geoff Dixon to name a few.
He moved into directing via music videos, helping pioneer the explosion of the music video industry in New Zealand through the 1990s, winning multiple awards for some of NZ’s top recording artists.
After winning best music video two years running at the NZ Film and Television awards, Frizzell started directing TV commercials, winning awards both internationally and in New Zealand. Best director at the Axis NZ advertising awards and a bronze Lion at Cannes are among the many highlights.
Frizzell has now directed some of New Zealand’s top rating TV dramas. Also directing two episodes of ‘Tatau’ for BBC3. Having completing a third season of NZ’s highly successful ‘The Brokenwood Mysteries’ he was nominated as Best Director for a Drama at the 2017 New Zealand TV Awards.
He is currently in post-production on a new mini-series for Warner’s TV, a black comedy titled ‘Fresh Eggs’ starring Danielle Cormack and John Rhys-Davies.
Coming from a music video and commercial background has given Frizzell a fresh eye in the world of drama. His work is as much about the image as it is about capturing the drama and performances. TV is a visual medium and he believes that as much as the show relies on the content of the script, it also has to look great to transcend.