Archive for May, 2009

May 20 2009

Screaming Wink Blinks

Rachel is finishing her internship this summer. She goes to High School in Laupahoehoe. Currently, she is animating an ad for x-ray clothing of her own design. She did a couple of comics about her experience here:

Before that she did a short documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHwuv5UP4rc

Enjoy!

May 17 2009

The reality of directing an indie film

For some reason people believe that directing an indie film is somehow glamorous.

p1010004Like I spend my time hobnobbing with celebrities and wealthy VC people. My last couple of days were spent:

Being the janitor - 

Rebuilding and installing new parts on the flush mechanism of one of our office toilets.

Being the IT guy-

Reconfiguring our new iMac and troubleshooting software installation on that computer. 

Being the facility maintenance person - 

Installing blinds so that we can adjust the brightness of our office which is very important if you are staring at computer screens all day.

p1010001Of course –  I did some animating, producing and directing between my other required work.

May 16 2009

Fun-raising Party

As usual, Sue and Jake threw a great party. The biggest comment about the party was: “When are you having another!”

May 01 2009

The importance of internships

Tonight I spoke at the graduation ceremonies for the Hu’iana Mentorship Program.  I usually don’t do ceremonies, but I realized how important it was for these kids to feel their accomplishment. When I was standing listening to these students describe their internships, I could hear the pride. They needed this ceremony for closure on this first step towards their careers.

After the ceremony, when people were digging into their grinds (Pidgin for meal), I sat with one of the key people of the program – Paula Thomas. (I couldn’t grind ’cause my stomach was grinding itself!)

Paula and I talked about the many challenges that faced kids growing up on a rural and economically challenged island. One things that few people (definitely not our State government on tiny O’ahu) understand is how big our island is. Any program for students has to include some sort of transportation support. Many of the youth do not have any access to a vehicle and the bus schedule is getting better, but is currently really poor. I lost a great intern late last year because the bus schedule was such that she had to leave home 3 hours before work and it took over 4 hours to get home…plus she had a full course load at college to contend with!

Paula and I agreed to continue this conversation in the near future. We’re always trying to brainstorm these problems into opportunities.

On the bright side, I saw two of my former interns (Kayla and Ashley) at the filmmakers workshop in Waimea this past weekend. It was great to see them again and hear that they are continuing to animate! I look forward to seeing their work ad hearing more of their adventures in production.

Rachel, one of my current interns, made a short comic strip about working at the studio for her presentation at the ceremony. I’ll put it up here as soon as I get a copy.

Gotta stop thinking and get some sleep.

Recent Reviews

“In the current climate of parody, pastiche, re-hashing, re-booting and recycling of films, it is so refreshing to see a film as unique, original and enjoyable as Strange Frame...a rare film: inspiration by other forms is noticeable, but it is not merely repetition or homage. It is a dreamscape, one that does not shy aware from the ugly, yet celebrates the beautiful.” - Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, Twitch Film

"probably one of the most visually riveting movies released in recent years. The energy and beauty of the animation, and the strength of its vocal performers (particularly Curry, who is the definitive voice actor for flamboyant evil) keep this story of love up among the stars." - Adam Mohrbacher, FilmMonthly

"It’s thrilling, sexy, entertaining due to it’s massive amount of music and visual stimulation, but more importantly, a story that has a deep meaning and a refreshing plotline. This film has cult classic written all over it.” - AJ Garcia, Shakefire

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"an electrifying trip for the eyeballs, fully embracing a visual style that, at most, very few films share." - Tyler Foster , DVDTalk

"What the fuck? No really. What the fuck? I must have said that at least twenty times while watching this crazy, visual trip of a film…I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen and will be tuning in again for repeat viewings." – Mike Gencarelli, MediaMikes

"If youʻre a sci-fi fan this a must see…like a vintage issue of Heavy Metal come to life and given depth. The graphics alone could make Strange Frame a head-turner, but then add to it a legendary sci-fi voice cast…it's own beast, and well worth a look if you get a chance.” – Brett Cullum, DVD Verdict

"One could call Strange Frame the best animated motion comic, except that it is not a comic…the combination of the hand-painted, computer assisted animation and CGI results in a very unique look. This will draw in a lot of people, even if they are not drawn in by the story. Personally, I was fascinated with both." – C.S. Strowbridge, The Numbers

"If ever you wondered what a truly unhinged mash-up of the dominant production styles of Heavy Metal, Barbarella and Blade Runner would look like, here’s your chance." – Danielle Riendeau, AfterEllen

"The awesome does not stop….Wildly Inventive" - Tracy Gilchrist, SheWired
"The animation is very much like something out of a dream.” - Alexander Bustos, Comic Attack

“the film excels is with the music…soulful jazz riffs on solo saxophone that will make your heart ache just listening to them.” – Siobhan Greene, Fangoria

“ the visuals are what made this movie. Think 1960's acid trip meets dreamlike anime film and add in a futuristic space setting. At the start of the movie, you feel overwhelmed by how much is going on at once. Then, once you realize Hajim knows exactly what he's doing with all of these elements, it's easy to sit back, relax and let the story take the wheel.” -Jade Salazar, Tagg Magazine

“the movie goes out of its way for its consumers. It has danceable songs, spaceships, nipples, clever dialogue…it is not only a Blade Runner movie but also an A Star Is Born movie…” - Jason Rohrer, Stage and Cinema

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A Synopsis

Parker, a saxophonist, leaves a comfortable life to play music in dangerous Ganymede City. Rioting breaks out and a debt slave named Naia escapes and then rescues Parker from one of the regime’s thugs. They fall fast in love and form a band. Soon Naia is enslaved again, this time to the deadly stardom of the 28th century. Though down and out, Parker sets out on a quest to free Naia and redeem their love.

"...a dreamscrape..." - Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, TwitchFilm

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