Category: animation

May 11 2010

Lena Horne – Our Revolutionary Artist

Lena Horne, graced our planet with her beauty, sensuality, stunning musicality, and redefined film for minorities, died yesterday at age 92. You can watch the homage we placed into Strange Frame here:

“Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.” – Lena Horne
Lena Horne on Wikipedia






May 01 2010

To 3-D or not to 3-D

When we started production on strange frame I had a few discussions with some big wigs at Buena Vista and Sony. Without committing anything to our production, they were laying in the heavy talk about doing our movie in 3-D. “If you really want it to sell…” blah, blah, blah.

Well, today, Roger Ebert, wrote a good article about the subject:

I write ‘good’ because he outlines pretty much all the points that went through my head some 5 years ago. The few other points that I mulled were outlined in an another well thought out piece called “The Final Word: Is 3-D better than 2-D?” By William Bibbiani.

Both articles are worth a read. I do have a low budget horror comedy in development. It might be fun to make in 3-D because the movie is supposed to be campy. Camp is how I see 3D and now I know I’m not alone in this.

Jan 16 2010

strange frame and Wonder Woman

I’ve been a little wary of comparing our film with others, but I think I found a film that has some similarities, had only a slightly larger budget, and was produced at about the same time: Wonder Woman (2009).

Both films are animated, of the same genre (sci-fi/fantasy), with a similar audience. Since this story of Wonder Woman started out in an all woman community, it could have had some empowering lesbian themes and inspired a generation of young heroines, but alas it wasn’t to be.

It did have a great cast (Nathan Fillion for one), some fantastic voice direction (Andrea Romano), and is worth a gander.

Of course, Wonder Woman has a built in audience, a great franchise opportunity, and tons of established backstory. We have to do all that from scratch….without super powers.

Dec 19 2009

On Realism and the Future of Film

There is a fundamental question for film at the point in history when anything is possible:

Is film a metaphor or a mirror?

For a metaphor, I don’t need a false sense of realism that directors drop the moment they need to move the narrative forward.

IMHO, it is often distracting because as they reach for more realism, to hold that mirror to the audience, I see how they have fallen short. Most of us on this planet are not reflected in that mirror – whether we be too short, too tall, too dark skinned, too light haired, too male or too female. The script becomes camp and the suspension of disbelief is lost…

…but if the film embraces its role as metaphor. If the filmmaker is a storyteller, not a con man, we can slip into this new world with its quirks (Jeunet) and mannerisms (Almodóvar)…enjoying the play of it.

Each story is part of our modern mythology. Each story sheds light on our humanity.
Which stories will we spend time discussing?

Dec 19 2009

I’m A “ULEF”!

Ultra Low Emissions Filmmaker. I guess that’s me.

You hear a lot of talk about “carbon neutral films”. Most of these films have a part of their budget set aside for buying carbon credits to off set the carbon foot print of the film. Usually in the form of promoting alternative energy – like wind farms. The films themselves chow carbon. Lots of it.

Today we bought tilapia to stock our fish pond. It is right next to our water tank where we catch 100% of the water we use. It is just south of our solar panel covered garage where we generate most of our power. By the time we get an electric car, we will be generating 100% of our power. Down by the house, we have a chicken run. 13 hens making sometimes 13 eggs in a day. Chickens are the easiest way to deal with your home’s table scraps and other compost. The chicken manure goes into our vegetable garden.

We also have 3 goats, 2 sheep, a mess of koi, and tens of thousands of guppies (to control the mosquitoes).

We try to limit our waste, but we only have to take the trash out once every 6 weeks.

If you think we are roughing it, trust me we’re not. We have a large pool, ocean view, and wild birds regularly roost in the tree line surrounding our house. We have two streams which will eventually have microhydro installations on them.

If you’d like to know more, just ask.

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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