(written from a Production point of view)
Frank Capra III (born 16 July 1959; age 55) was the Second Assistant Director (2nd AD) on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Hailing from San Diego, California, Capra is the grandson of legendary film director Frank Capra and the son of producer Frank Capra, Jr.
Capra began his Hollywood career as a production assistant on the 1980 romantic comedy The Black Marble, produced by his father and starring Robert Foxworth and Barbara Babcock. He then worked as an assistant on The Howling (starring Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, Kenneth Tobey, and Noble Willingham) and was an assistant location manager for John Carpenter's Escape from New York (starring Adrienne Barbeau). The 1982 comedy Zapped! was his first film as a 2nd AD.
Capra was a 2nd AD on such films as The Hitcher (featuring Armin Shimerman), Gleaming the Cube (starring Christian Slater and Richard Herd), Pink Cadillac (featuring Jimmie F. Skaggs), Warlock (featuring Allan Miller and Ian Abercrombie), and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (featuring Miriam Flynn and Natalia Nogulich) before becoming a First Assistant Director. As a 1st AD, his film credits include My Cousin Vinny, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Bram Stoker's Dracula, A Few Good Men, The American President, Mighty Joe Young, The Rundown, Hitch, and The Dukes of Hazzard.
In the mid-1990s, Capra began producing as well as assistant directing, beginning with the 1996 action hit Eraser, starring Vanessa Williams and James Cromwell. He was also credited as either Co-Producer or Executive Producer as well as 1st AD on films such as Ghosts of Mississippi (starring Bill Cobbs, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Hardin, Thomas Kopache, Jordan Lund, Virginia Madsen, Terry O'Quinn, Brock Peters, Richard Riehle, Bill Smitrovich, Susanna Thompson, Bulworth (featuring Deborah Lacey, Sarah Silverman, and Paul Sorvino), The Deep End of the Ocean (starring Whoopi Goldberg), Murder by Numbers, Rumor Has It... (starring Christopher McDonald), and The Bucket List.