The Team

Ship Location

E Pacific Ocean

Alan Franks

Photo of Alan Franks
Video Intern
MFA Candidate
Montana State University

An award-winning filmmaker and Fulbright Scholar whose films have screened around the world, Alan’s film experience extends to virtually all genres. With a repertoire that includes everything from quirky animations voiced by five-year-olds to poetic documentaries about memory, Alan’s style is continually evolving as he strives to raise the bar with every production he crafts. His work has taken him across the US, and he has filmed in four countries outside the Americas, from the Australian Outback to the mountains of Malawi.  Most recently, he has worked alongside an internationally award-winning team on the TV series “America the Wild,” a broadcast program from National Geographic that is also available as a ground-breaking interactive program on Xbox 360 Kinect.  Alan co-owns Franks Global Media with his brothers and teaches university film courses part-time in Birmingham, AL.

After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alan graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Film and Digital Image in 2008.  He is currently a MFA candidate at Montana State University in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program.


Alan Franks participated in the following expeditions aboard E/V Nautilus.