FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
ABOUT JANINE FRANK
I am a bi lingual experienced 1st Assistant Director born in Germany. I grew up living in various countries in Europe as well as Africa, having always been educated in the German school system wherever I lived. After completing my degree in Devon, I moved to London and started working as a runner in Soho. Eventually moving up from running on shoots across all formats, I started my AD’ing career in Children’s Drama TV in 2004.
Being a First Assistant Director is very much in my nature, being always one step ahead of the game, anticipating outcomes and finding solutions to stay on time without compromising the Director’s vision! I am extremely time efficient and therefore enjoy putting schedules together to be able to plan for the most achievable, logical and safest shoot days. I am a team player and love my job which shows through in my happy and positive nature on set.
I have been a First Assistant Director for 15 years now, working across all formats including Commercials, Music Videos, Branded content, Live Events, Films and TV. More recently, scheduling, time keeping, organisational and diplomacy skills have also become an important part of my personal life, wrangling family life with my 2 young daughters, Isabella and Lottie.
"I cannot thank you enough. You brought it all and were such a valued partner on this project. Your professionalism, attitude and focus were amazing, and I couldn’t have wished for more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for seeing the bigger picture, keeping the train on the tracks, giving me counsel and supporting the crew. You did it all with such grace and inspiring leadership, you really are amazing."
Michael Buckman Director
"Janine is a fantastic 1st AD. As a Producer I know that when she is on set she will have everything under control and I can trust her. It is rare in the industry but on all occasions that she has been on my set my productions have run on time. Even the night shoots."
Mike Saraswat Founder & Senior Producer – Ekstasy