As a student at the Berlin Academy of Arts, Freudenthal discovered his passion for film. His self-produced short films, mind the gap! and Monkey Business, quickly garnered awards and accolades on the European film festival circuit.
His work landed him a scholarship at the California Institute of the Arts. His first American short film The Tenor, about a zoo ostrich who dreams of a career in opera, went on to win the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences First Prize Student Emmy. It also toured the world with "Spike and Mike's Festival of Sick & Twisted Animation."
He then joined Sony Pictures' Imageworks and the creative team on the films Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2. Working closely with director Rob Minkoff, he shaped the digital characters for the films and took on the complex task of pre-visualizing the scripts and supervising the team of storyboard artists. Stuart Little subsequently earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
Freudenthal next made the leap into commercial directing and has worked for a wide roster of clients both in the American and European markets, including Nike, Reebok, Nabisco, Burger King, Florida's Natural, Popsicle and Philadelphia. In his spot advertising work, he combines his expertise in visual effects with a flair for offbeat humor and whimsical storytelling.
Freudenthal applied his comprehensive knowledge to the world of feature filmmaking as second unit director on Disney's The Haunted Mansion starring Eddie Murphy.
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