Archive for July, 2009

Jul 26 2009

Johnny Depp and I are tight!

First they cut Act 221 and now they put the Film Commissioner’s job on the chopping block. KHNL caught me and tried editing my rant together with some images of Johnny Depp

Of course I didn’t Direct Pirates of the Caribbean, but KHNL’s clip implies it was my production.

In “actual” I’m more articulate than on television.

I like how the other clip they used has Jason Scott Lee who is indeed in our film.


Jul 24 2009

A little bit of Locked Picture

Naia Sings

We locked picture on Reel #2 today. This is just a small piece of the animation with the music composition by Shelley. This is not the final music. Just the sketch she did for this piece.

Let me know what you think.

Jul 16 2009

TechHui Conference

If you wan to pick my brain on how we do this style of art, I’m on a panel for Animation at the Tech Hui Conference. Click on the flyer below for more info. Hope to see you there!

Jul 14 2009

Ode To Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi really has insight why we do this.

Every animator should see/hear this:

Now go make your own film!

Jul 09 2009

I’m giving a seminar tomorrow on O’ahu

Building a Film Community

With: GB Hajim
Info: Jul 9 • Thu • 7:00-9:00pm • Yukiyoshi Room, Krauss Hall 012 • Free • Call 956-8244 for information.
Event ID: EV0010319L

How do you develop a film industry and retain talent during tough times? Hire locally and train your employees to meet global standards. Following the example of WETA in New Zealand, GB Hajim and friends are building a film industry from the ground up. Come see what is being done on the Big Island to create a unique production niche while developing the local production community through internships.

GB Hajim is an award-winning independent filmmaker living on the Big Island. Since 1995, he has been directing, shooting and editing Hawaiian language dramas, animations and educational shorts. He has produced over 100 projects ranging from the many 15-second long Hawaiian Word of the Day spots on KITV to feature length dramas and documentaries. Currently, Hajim is working on a series of science fiction animated features. He has dedicated himself to making the process as important as the product and has been working with local schools to find talented artists to train in animation. In 2005, he won an INDE Award for Inspiring and Educating Hawaii`s Youth.

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

“Some films are instant cult classics the minute they appear. G.B.Hajim's STRANGE FRAME is one such film.” – Heather Massey, The Galaxy Express

"Not since WIZARDS have I enjoyed a rock musical with animation this much. Speaking of animation the characters are exquisite…The smooth flow of this cutting edge film is more than sci-fi animation – it is an experience not to be missed." – Jeri Jacquin, Movie Maven

"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

“just what the doctor ordered” - Karman Kregloe, Huffington Post

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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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