G100 Canada: Frantic Films

Frantic Films (Winnipeg)
March 1, 2008

Frantic Films (Winnipeg)

Frantic Films is hardly your average prodco. Formed a decade ago as a VFX service company, it has grown and branched off into proprietary software, commercial and television production. Beyond its Winnipeg offices, it now calls Vancouver, LA and Australia home. And while its work on features such as Fantastic Four, Grindhouse and In the Name of the King is notable, broadcasters within realscreen‘s remit pegged the prodco for work on factual such as Til Debt Do Us Part and Guinea Pig.

And Frantic is looking to move stronger into the television world. Mid-2007, the company brought on Derek Anderson as director of development for its live action division from fellow G100 nominee Cream Productions. At Cream, Anderson was involved in such notable history as Digging Up the Trenches and The Protestant Revolution. He also previously spent time at Cineflix Productions (which is also on realscreen‘s G100 list). Look for more lifestyle, science, history and drama to come out of this ambitious company.

Quizzed as to why Frantic continues to grow in all areas, especially television, Anderson points to viewer expectations: ‘Time and time again, Frantic Films has broken the mold and produced groundbreaking television that captures viewers’ imaginations and keeps them riveted to the set. There’s no better endorsement than that of the folks at home.’

Employees: 8 in live action, plus about 20 others
Hours in 2007: 18
Recent titles: Guinea Pig, Til Debt Do Us Part
Current/upcoming titles: House Poor (13 x 30′, HGTV), Toughest Soldiers (13 x 30′, History Channel), The Feud (13 x 30′, CBC), Guinea Pig, season 3 (8 x 30′, plus 2 x 60′ specials, Discovery Channel Canada), ‘Til Debt Do Us Part, seasons 6, 7 (26 x 30′, Slice)

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.