Francis Dreis has been passionate about communicating his unique vision of the world since childhood, growing up in the vast, beauty of the Pacfic Northwest. By the time he was in high school, he was facile at translating composition, light and the world around him into story through the lens of a camera. At the University of Washington in Seattle, he studied Architecture and graduated with a B.A. in Geography and Urban Design and Planning.
Dreis’ early mentors in the business, Danny Ducovny, Sean Thonson (Awards Winning Commercial Director) and the imitable Janusz Kaminski (Two Time Academy Award Winner of Cinematography) provided him with an unwavering foundation of craft, rootedness and business savvy.
Dreis knows where to place the camera and when to take the shot. His inclination toward narrative can be seen in the way he captures his subjects, whether it is people, nature or product. The light and compositions feel cinematic. With over a decade of experience anticipating and trouble shooting the unique challenges of large-scale production, Dreis has always been sure-fire choice for agencies and advertisers. He works tirelessly to realize the client’s vision, pushing beyond expectations.
A selection of past clients include Toyota, Jeep, Chevy, Mazda, Yamaha, Lincoln, Dunlop, Dow Chemical, Hartford Insurance, Harley Davidson, Goodyear Tires, Lockheed Martin, US Navy, Loreto Bay, Samsung, General Electric, and the NFL.
Dreis has received numerous awards for his outstanding photography and video work including two Northwest Emmy Awards (2007, 2011) and a New York Festivals Silver Award in Cinematography 2011. In his narrative work, he's won the "Best Short Film" along with "Best Director" at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY (2013). More recently, Dreis and A Hundred Year's Agency (LA) were awarded a Bronze World Medal by the New York Festivals Film and TV Awards (2016) for their creative spin on a traditional factory video for Hansgrohe of Germany.
2006 Marcom Award Platinum - Photography/People/Portrait - Thread Magazine
2006 Marcom Award Platinum - Photography - IT Brochure - Lockheed Martin
2007 Marcom Award Gold - Photography/People/Portrait - Lockheed Martin
2007 NATAS EMMY - Photography Program - "Intense Simplicities" - Lockheed Martin
2008 Communicator Platinum - Photography/People - Intense Simplicities - Lockheed Martin
2008 Communicator - Photography - "Legacy Matters" Print Ad - Lockheed Martin
2008 Hermes Award - Photography/People/Portrait - Lockheed Martin
2011 New York Festivals Film and Television Awards - Silver Award - "My Name" Cinematography
2011 NATAS EMMY - "My Name" - Sound Design - Lockheed Martin
2013 - Williamsburg Independent Film Festival - Pt Mugu - "Best Short Film"
2013 - Williamsburg Independent Film Festival - Pt Mugu - "Best Director"
2016 - New York Festivals Film and Television Awards - World Finalist - Hansgrohe Factory Film - Public Relations
2016 - New York Festivals Film and Television Awards - Bronze World Medal - Hansgrohe Factory Film - Sales