The Freise Brothers are storytellers whose work blurs the line between imagination and reality. Seen beautifully in their own indie production of Tesla “Not A Dream,” the branded film depicts a Tesla Model S in its electric car splendor visiting a surreal land of oil and gas. It captured the attention of visionary Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk who tweeted to nearly 4 million followers that he loved the film, landing the Freise Brothers firmly in the spotlight.
From Union, MO, outside of St. Louis, the Freise Brothers, 35, are twins, and complement each other on set as well. Adam focuses on actors’ performances while Nathan is in his element behind the camera. They thrive on the upfront collaboration with clients, as well as on-set production and post; both are versatile in animation, design and VFX from working as designers at Chicago architectural firms and in visual effects studios. They attended graduate school in New York City; Nathan at SVA, while Adam went to Columbia Graduate School of Architecture.
After collaborating on short film projects that were recognized in film festivals, Adam and Nathan started making their way to Los Angeles, first stopping in Taos, New Mexico where they filmed “4 Ton Dream.” The film uses the open country as a backdrop to invite the weary to dream again. That piece and their promo for the Newport Beach Film Festival landed the Freise’s recognition in SHOOT’s 2015 New Directors Showcase.
They quickly gained attention for their cinematic, design-inspired storytelling with commercials for Calphalon, homeless assistance agency PATH, On Shoes and jeweler Atelier Minyon.
Their work has also been featured in tastemakers including Creativity, Adweek and Mashable. And they were honored this year in Cannes at the festival’s prestigious YDA awards.