| New York City|
| July 30, 1981 (age 34) (1981-07-30) Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.|
Creative director, video director, artist
Ellen Frances (born 1981 Kansas City, Missouri) is an American artist, creative director, producer and director. She currently lives and works in New York City. Ellen studied design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and later attended Parsons The New School for Design on scholarship. She initially worked as a studio assistant for Ryan McGinness, but soon after went on to work for major companies such as DKNY, Atlantic Records / WMG, Fuse TV, VH1, and Madison Square Garden, Inc.. Her experimental work has been on display at Art Basel Miami, Envoy Gallery New York, Museum of Transitory Art Ljubljana, Slovenia and Anthology Film Archives in New York.
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Frances began working as a graphic designer during college after being mentored by artist Ryan McGinness. She went on to work as a graphic artist, illustrator and art director at Spin Magazine, DKNY and Atlantic Records, where Frances eventually played a roll in the development of Lyor Cohen's "The Biz" for AOL. During this period Frances also worked on branding and packaging for bands such as The New Pornographers (via Matador Records), Paramore and The Format (which would go on to become the band "FUN"). After being contracted to assist in developing new initiatives for major partners at The Madison Square Garden Company, Frances was made Creative Director of the 1.4 billion dollar, four-year renovation of the arena—for which her projects were nominated for CLIO Awards. She currently works developing and producing new content across all platforms for all MSG properties including New York Knicks, New York Rangers, The Forum (Inglewood, California), Beacon Theatre (New York City), Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
Frances gained an introduction to motion through working within the promos department for major networks such as MTV and Fuse TV early in her career. Later, she went on to direct and produce commissioned music videos, short films and experimental art films on her own. She is closely tied to the music, fashion and literature worlds, having collaborated with a variety of creatives such as Jason Lescalleet, Lauren Flax, Shane Jones (author), Kimberly Ovitz and Tao Lin.
Her videos have been featured on AOL Music, VH1.com., MTV Networks, The Huffington Post, Stereogum, Interview Magazine and VICE. The music video for "Vertigo" by CREEP, which features vocals from Lou Rhodes (Lamb (band)), showcases original fiber optic costumes designed and built by Frances,. In 2014 Frances directed a fashion film for Chromat which was projected during the runway show for New York Fashion Week.
Frances contributed to critically acclaimed sound artist Jason Lescalleet's "Trophy Tape" with her video for "Old Theme", which toured the US and Europe in 2014. The New York City show, held at Anthology Film Archives, also showcased other experimental work by Frances as part of a series. The program included her collaborations with Tao Lin, and with costume designer Jenni Hensler.Memory Tapes / CREEP Remix "Green Knight" (2011)
DJ Rekha feat Zuzuka Poderosa & Meetu Chilana (with appearance by Panjabi MC) "Pyar Baile" (2012) Beat Bazaar Music
Bella "Off With Their Heads" Bare Noize Remix (2012) Ultra Records
ROOM8 "Right Way" feat. Ian Young of M83 (2012)
Black Marble "Cruel Summer" Hardly Art (Sub Pop Records) (2012)
The Reflections "Disconnected"(2012)
CREEP "Vertigo" feat. Lou Rhodes (2013)
Curses! (Drop The Lime) & Star Eyes "Gotham City Creepers" (2013)
Jeremy and The Harlequins "Trip Into The Light" (2014)
The Colourist "We Won't Go Home" (Republic Records) (2014)
Computer Magic "My Love" (2014)
"Drowning Flying Falling Down" (2008)
"Wet Space Blanket" Envoy Gallery (2008)
Very Beautiful Woman for Pangur Ban Party (2011)
Old Theme Collaboration with experimental musician Jason Lescalleet (2013)
Matthew Savoca's Hair (2013)
When I Leave This Place A Collaboration with Tao Lin for The Huffington Post (2014)
Kimberly Ovitz S/S13
Chromat A/W14 Bionic Bodies
Frances began dancing at the age of four at a local ballet studio in Kansas. She began training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the age of twelve and later went on to attend the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended the Harid Conservatory in high school. She has performed in touring Broadway shows, with the Kansas City Ballet (under Todd Bolender), the Joffrey Ballet, and worked with famed choreographer Karole Armitage before retiring from her dancing career in 2002. She continues to use performance in her personal work, often making appearances. Frances has recently sat on panels with some of the industry's leading creatives to discuss collaboration, art and commerce for SVA, The NY Photo Festival and Maker Magazine.