Archive for August, 2009

Aug 17 2009

Shelley playing live online tonight w/video

LUVER – Love. Underground. Visionary. Revolution.
Live on the Shaman’s Den 8 – 10:30pm PST

Aug 15 2009

Casting, casting, casting

We are still casting the voice talent. Can’t say anything yet ‘cept we are excited about all the prospective parties that have expressed interest.

Jamie Thomason has come on board to direct them and he is ‘da bomb’ of voice directors and he is an unmeasurable help in this casting process.

Again, I’d love to share this casting as it unfolds, but really can’t until we are done.

Aug 15 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

My first G5 Quad core that I ever bought in 2005 finally bit the dust, but not without a bunch of hours of troubleshooting, reinstalling, and generally swearing.

This computer must have been operative for at least 10,000+ hours. The hard drives are still good. The RAM has already gone into other machines. The video card will eventually be used on one of the other workstations – kind of like organ donation for computers.

Needless to say, I spent too much time doing tech support and not enough time animating this week, but still managed to put out about 10 seconds of finished shots and 30 seconds of redos.

Aug 08 2009

Some Journalists Really “Get” Strange Frame

I’m very thankful for real journalists like Darren Albert at Sci Fi Scoop. He actually did some research and wrote a great piece about what we are doing with ‘strange frame’. (Most news outlets – like USA Today- have been just reprinting our press releases)

Sci Fi Scoop

You can read Darren Albert’s article here: http://www.scifiscoop.com/news/the-uniquely-animated-strange-frame-love-sax/#more-14601

Quiet Earth, a site which is “Dedicated to genre film and all things post apocalyptic” really knows how to grab attention for us with their writing and we are grateful for it.

I think these kind of reviews are more effective that the major outlets in letting our audience know what’s up with what we are doing.

Again, mucho mahalo to you all that have written about ‘strange frame’.

Aug 06 2009

Top twenty songs I listen to while drawing for ‘strange frame’

21st Century Digital Boy – Bad Religion
A Moment 2 Myself – Macy Gray
Alone Again – God Lives Underwater
Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd
Awake – Godsmack
Eclipse – Pink Floyd
Idiots Rule – Jane’s Addiction
I’m The One – The Descendents
Na Pressão – Lenine
Never Know – Angelique Kidjo
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Parts 1-5 – Pink Floyd
She’s Your Cocaine – Tori Amos
Speak To Me/Breathe – Pink Floyd
Take 1 – Brooklyn Funk Essentials
The Big Medley – Dream Theater
The Great Gig In The Sky – Pink Floyd
Today – Erykah Badu
Us And Them – Pink Floyd
Vodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
What Is And What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin

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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