Community Service: The Intern Program

Meet the people who made Strange Frame. This film was not only a labor of love by so many creative individuals, but also a serious project to create a sustainable and uniquely Hawaiian filmmaking culture. Here’s what Ke Ola Magazine had to say about the making of Strange Frame:

To develop a sustainable business, Hajim has worked with career programs through the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College, as well as the East Hawai‘i high schools—including the Huiana Internship Program for youth—to build a critical mass of expertise. His indie film has been done on a very small budget—less than $2 million—and has been the training platform for high school and college interns who work alongside some hired staff. Hajim has provided invaluable work experience for more than 40 interns over the past six years.

“Here in East Hawai’i, there aren’t many opportunities for our talented, artistic, and technically-capable kids. Often, they have to choose between staying with their families, whom they love, and resigning themselves to working entry-level jobs or giving up everything they cherish to pursue a career elsewhere, and I don’t think that’s a fair choice.”

Through “Strange Frame” and future projects, he aspires to develop a viable digital animation studio on the island so the talent that is here can stay here, work here, and get known enough to compete for the large-scale projects out of Hollywood. “It can be done,” he insists. “This project [“Strange Frame”] has been a struggle, but I always remember what one of the mothers said, with tears in her eyes, when I gave her daughter an internship:

“When I was her age I could draw as well as her, but there were no opportunities here; so when I graduated, I joined the military, then came back [and] got married, had kids, and never drew again. Thank you for me and my daughter.”

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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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