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235 Studios
06-01-2007, 06:00 AM
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[B]View The Film Here (47MB) (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FreezeFrame.html)

Tag Line:
She'll make you wish you hadn't moved in.

Log Line:
Old and alone, Robin has become accustomed toher quite way of life. When Mark and his mother Katie move in next door the silence is shattered, bringing Robin to sort out the problem in her own special way.

The Cast:
ROBIN BEAUMONT: Jodi Altendorf
KATIE: Michele Duckett
MARK: Kevin Dahlgren
TONY: Cole Magnuson
THOMAS BEAUMONT: Dave Rianda
SUBURBAN WIFE: Kate Larsen
SUBURBAN HUSBAND: Shuhe
SUBURBAN DAUGHTER: Signe Larsen
SUBURBAN SON: Rafe Larsen
FRIEND 01: Eric Nguyen
FRIEND 02: Naomi Yoneyama
FRIEND 03: Brandi Walters
SIGN INSTALLER: Rachel Risor
MOVER 01: Dave Minamoto
MOVER 02: Nathan Will
JACKO: Max (Owner: Joyce Walters)

The Crew:
PRODUTION COMPANY: 235 Studios, LLC
DIRECTOR: Ryan Walters
WRITER: Rita Wheeler
COMPOSER: Justin Durban
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Ryan Walters
CAMERA OPERATOR: Jerry Turner
1st ASSISTANT CAMERA: Evin Carr
2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA: Chris Baumgardt
GAFFER: Patrick La Valley
EDITOR: Ryan Walters
SOUND / BOOM: Ryan Roberton
MAKE UP ARTIST: Robert Serrano
MAKE UP ARTIST: Jennifer Gill
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR: Nathaniel Martin-Long
SOUND DESIGN: Jerry Turner
VISUAL EFFECTS: Mark Johnson
CATERING: Brandi Walters
BTS PHOTOGRAPHY: Patrick La Valley

Bonus Material:
P2 Work Flow (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFExtras/P2WorkFlow.pdf)
Set Lighting Diagrams (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFExtras/LightingDiagrams.pdf)
HVX Scene File Settings (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFExtras/235StudiosDaily.zip)

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 06:01 AM
Freeze Frame Cast Pictures
http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/ROBINBEAUMONTJodiAltendorf.jpg
Jodi Altendorf

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/KATIEMicheleDuckett.jpg
Michele Duckett

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/MARKKevinDahlgren.jpg
Kevin Dahlgren

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/TONYColeMagnuson.jpg
Cole Magnuson

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/THOMASBEAUMONTDaveRianda.jpg
Dave Rianda

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/SUBURBANWIFEKateLarsen.jpg
Kate Larsen

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/SUBURBANHUSBAND-Shuhe.jpg
Shuhe

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/SUBURBANDAUGHTERSignLarsen.jpg
Sign Larsen

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 06:02 AM
http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/SUBURBANSONRafeLarsen.jpg
Rafe Larsen

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/FRIEND01EricNguyen.jpg
Eric Nguyen

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/FRIEND02NaomiYoneyama.jpg
Naomi Yoneyama

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/FRIEND03BrandiWalters.jpg
Brandi Walters

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/SIGNINSTALLERRachelRisor.jpg
Rachel Risor

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/MOVER01DaveMinamoto.jpg
Dave Minamoto

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/MOVER02NathanWill.jpg
Nathan Will

http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/JACKOMaxWalters.jpg
Max Walters (Owner: Joyce Walters)

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 06:02 AM
Behind The Scenes Videos:
On The Set of Freeze Frame (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFMovie/OnTheSet.mov)
Coiling With Patrick (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFMovie/CoilingWithPatrick.mov)


Behind The Scenes Pictures:
http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/ThePoopCam.jpghttp://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/TheLivingroom.jpghttp://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/TheKitchen.jpg
http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/TheBedroom.jpghttp://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/Ryan-DP.jpghttp://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/Jerry-CameraOp.jpg
http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/Evin-1stAC.jpghttp://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/Chris-2ndAC.jpg

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 06:03 AM
The Camera:
We used the HVX equipped with the M2 35mm adapter and Nikon Lenses.

The lenses we used are as follows:
AF 14mm ED 2.8D
AF 24mm 2.8D
AF 28mm 2.8
AF 50mm 1.8
AF 85mm 1.8D
AF 100mm 2.8 Series E
AF-S 105mm ED 2.8 VR (Although available, we did not use this lens since it was stuck at f22 due to the electronic control of the aperture.)
AF 135mm 2.8Q

I was excited and interested to try out the 14mm lens and see if we could get it to work with the adapter- to my surprise it worked extremely well. You can see the frame grab below of the scene we shot with the 14mm lens. If you want to see the full 1080p image please right click and download from the link.

The M2 equipped with a 14mm lens:
http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/14mmLens.jpg
1080p Frame Grab - 3MB ("Right Click - Save As" Please) (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFStills/FF14mmLens1080p.jpg)

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 06:03 AM
Why "Freeze Frame"?

When it was originally announced that this quarters contest was going to be a "SPY FEST" I wanted to make an effort to do something different from the rest of the entries. Two motivating factors went into this decision- first I had just done a "Spy-ish" film with my entry for the Drama Fest (SEMELE), so while I could do better with my next entry, I didn't want to just repeat making the same film. (Although I did think about making a SEMELE 2 :) ) The second reason is that I knew that there would be a huge submission of traditional spy entries, and I knew that I wasn't looking forward to watching the same movie over and over, so I assumed that most of the other DVXusers would not want to be watching the same movie over and over. With that in mind, I set out to find something different- a different spin on spying. It was on this search that i came across the script for FREEZE FRAME.

FREEZE FRAME takes a different approach on spying. One of the early posts / definitions that was given for spying was information gathering without someone’s permission / awareness. As you'll see from this film - Robin is definitely gathering information from others without their permission. I hope that you enjoy this film.

Why didn't you promote your film prior to entering?
One of the lessons that I walked away from the Drama Fest is that while creating buzz or hype around your film is great, and can be done- in the end it is the quality of the film that matters. If it is good enough, then that will generate the buzz needed - especially here at DVXuser. With my entry for Drama Fest, I realized that I spent more time promoting the film then I should have, and that the time would have been better spent pouring into the film and ensuring that it was as good as it possibly could be. So this time around I was not going to make that mistake.

Although I was questioned by some as to why I wasn't promoting my film like others, I think that the time spent developing the film instead of the hype made this submission that much better. I think if you compare SEMELE with FREEZE FRAME you will see a marked improvement. My goal with each production is to move forward in my abilities- and I know that my next entry will be that much better because of what I learned from this production. (However, I'm pretty sure I'll take the next festival off, as my wife has her summer off from her masters program- so I should spend that extra time with her. :) )

Lessons Learned
(To be updated as I think of things.)
1. If you can't write, don't write! :) (Or at least get some more practice before writting a script you plan on producing.)
As you can tell from the script for my drama fest enter, I am not the strongest writter. SEMELE was my first attempt at writting, and I think that it showed. While I love telling stories, I am definately not a strong with the written word. So this time around I knew I was not going to make that mistake. To ensure that I would not go down that path I did a search on the web, and came across Rita Wheeler on inktip.com. After reviewing many scripts from various authors on the site I settled on her script.
2. Lighting- If you don't have it, rent it- you'll need it.


I was thinking of the lessons we learned, and one that I thought of was to really give lighting some thought, especially when you're shooting with a 35mm adapter. Ryan rented me a 1200 watt HMI to use for our interiors, and it was a GODSEND. We were able to power it off of regular house power, and get the amount of light output that it would have taken 5 or 6kw's of tungsten to match. Plus, we were daylight balanced, which means no gels were needed. So, next time you go to budget for lighting, think seriously about renting lights like HMI's for certain scenes, they will save time and headaches, because you won't have so much head scratching on how you're going to get the exposure and look that you want. Having all of that light in one head also helps keep the heat down, since you're not using a bunch of lights, which in turn keeps the crew happy because they aren't all sweaty. Although I think Jodi was cold, and would have liked a bunch of lights. IIRC our main lights were the HMI, a Diva 400, and a 650 or 1kw fresnel, depending on the shot. The only thing I would have liked more, which would have doubled the cost of the HMI rental, would be a flicker free ballast.
3. Editing- Give yourself time and lots of it.
Something that helped me a lot on this project was the extended time I had to edit the short. Since I didn't have to spend the time writting a script, that gave me more time on the back end to edit the film. This helped me a lot, as I was able to edit the short, take a day off and then come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in the edit that you loos track of the bigger picture. (At least I do, anyway.) So it was helpful to not be as pressured by a tight deadline, and be able to evaluate the edit properly. I still had to give myself a deadline, as the composer, sound designer, and VFX guys needed time to complete their end of the project, but at least I wasn't in as big of a rush as I have been in the past. I know that there are still tweaks that I could have made to tighten things up, but in the end you have to stop tweaking at some point and complete the film.

PDX_DVX
06-01-2007, 07:01 AM
Hey Ryan,

Glad to see you got the film up! Thanks for coming out to our set to help out! Treat those stingers right kids! All the BTS material is cool to see.

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 03:39 PM
Thanks Patrick- It was fun having you help out on this shoot, as well as coming out to your shoot. Best of luck to you. :)

Ted Arabian
06-01-2007, 03:51 PM
Hey Ryan! Awesome to get to see more of your work! What a surprise.... I was wondering what happened to you!

Glad to see you online here!

-Ted

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 04:22 PM
Thanks Ted, much appreciated. It has been fun to check in on your thread as well. Now that I have some more time, i can actually check out everyone's threads, and get to posting. :)

Brandon Rice
06-01-2007, 04:31 PM
Wow Ryan!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR FILM! I love the BTS stuff, and you have a HUGE cast! Looks like a good sized production! Can't wait to see it man!

Edgen
06-01-2007, 04:35 PM
holy smokes! I thought the old lady was actually... "Old". Wonderful make up! *slaps myself*

Good luck on the entry!

/j

Brandon Rice
06-01-2007, 04:37 PM
Oh, and yeah, looking forward to another great Durban score :)

Ted Arabian
06-01-2007, 04:45 PM
Thanks Ted, much appreciated. It has been fun to check in on your thread as well. Now that I have some more time, i can actually check out everyone's threads, and get to posting. :)
Cool man! You see I got some new gear, then! I am starting to get decked out like you! (though I kinda miss my ladders!)

I am still planning to visit Oregon this summer.... I'll let you know when we firm up the details. Right now we are thinking the 2nd /early 3rd week in July.

Later!

Ted

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 04:57 PM
holy smokes! I thought the old lady was actually... "Old". Wonderful make up! *slaps myself*

Good luck on the entry!

/j


LOL! I'll let the makeup artist know. I was impressed with his work as well- he sure did make her look old.

When I was casting the part, I reviewed several head shots of people who were actually old, but none of them had the look I wanted. After seeing her head shots (Some of which she was dressed up as an old woman) I was sold, as she got the part. Thanks to the makeup department, she ended up looking the part.

235 Studios
06-01-2007, 05:00 PM
Oh, and yeah, looking forward to another great Durban score :)

I always enjoy working with Justin- he does some amazing work. And I really appreciated his input on this one. When I began the production I though I had a clear vision on what I wanted for the score, then after the locked edit, I no longer had that same vision- so Justin was a great sport to put up with my general guidance .... :)

Brandon Rice
06-01-2007, 05:01 PM
I always enjoy working with Justin- he does some amazing work. And I really appreciated his input on this one. When I began the production I though I had a clear vision on what I wanted for the score, then after the locked edit, I no longer had that same vision- so Justin was a great sport to put up with my general guidance .... :)

Yep, I agree 100%... Some people work well with a basic idea, and then run creatively with it... Justin is one of those people...

And Ryan, I've always loved your cinematography and lighting, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the visuals here!

PDX_DVX
06-02-2007, 09:00 AM
Hey Ryan,

I was thinking of the lessons we learned, and one that I thought of was to really give lighting some thought, especially when you're shooting with a 35mm adapter. Ryan rented me a 1200 watt HMI to use for our interiors, and it was a GODSEND. We were able to power it off of regular house power, and get the amount of light output that it would have taken 5 or 6kw's of tungsten to match. Plus, we were daylight balanced, which means no gels were needed. So, next time you go to budget for lighting, think seriously about renting lights like HMI's for certain scenes, they will save time and headaches, because you won't have so much head scratching on how you're going to get the exposure and look that you want. Having all of that light in one head also helps keep the heat down, since you're not using a bunch of lights, which in turn keeps the crew happy because they aren't all sweaty. Although I think Jodi was cold, and would have liked a bunch of lights. IIRC our main lights were the HMI, a Diva 400, and a 650 or 1kw fresnel, depending on the shot. The only thing I would have liked more, which would have doubled the cost of the HMI rental, would be a flicker free ballast.

235 Studios
06-02-2007, 09:05 AM
And Ryan, I've always loved your cinematography and lighting, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the visuals here!

Thanks much appreciated. I enjoyed this shoot, and I learned a lot from it. After spending a lot of time editing it, now as I look back there were a couple of shots that I would have added, adjusted, or changed. But, over all I like it and I know what I learned will just further the next production I work on.

I enjoyed working with Patrick, he was a great gaffer to work with. :)

235 Studios
06-02-2007, 09:19 AM
Hey Ryan,

I was thinking of the lessons we learned, and one that I thought of was to really give lighting some thought, especially when you're shooting with a 35mm adapter. Ryan rented me a 1200 watt HMI to use for our interiors, and it was a GODSEND. We were able to power it off of regular house power, and get the amount of light output that it would have taken 5 or 6kw's of tungsten to match. Plus, we were daylight balanced, which means no gels were needed. So, next time you go to budget for lighting, think seriously about renting lights like HMI's for certain scenes, they will save time and headaches, because you won't have so much head scratching on how you're going to get the exposure and look that you want. Having all of that light in one head also helps keep the heat down, since you're not using a bunch of lights, which in turn keeps the crew happy because they aren't all sweaty. Although I think Jodi was cold, and would have liked a bunch of lights. IIRC our main lights were the HMI, a Diva 400, and a 650 or 1kw fresnel, depending on the shot. The only thing I would have liked more, which would have doubled the cost of the HMI rental, would be a flicker free ballast.

Great point, I've added it to the Lessons learned section, as well as the following note:
3. Editing- Give yourself time and lots of it.
Something that helped me a lot on this project was the extended time I had to edit the short. Since I didn't have to spend the time writting a script, that gave me more time on the back end to edit the film. This helped me a lot, as I was able to edit the short, take a day off and then come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in the edit that you loos track of the bigger picture. (At least I do, anyway.) So it was helpful to not be as pressured by a tight deadline, and be able to evaluate the edit properly. I still had to give myself a deadline, as the composer, sound designer, and VFX guys needed time to complete their end of the project, but at least I wasn't in as big of a rush as I have been in the past. I know that there are still tweaks that I could have made to tighten things up, but in the end you have to stop tweaking at some point and complete the film.

Norm Sanders
06-02-2007, 10:21 AM
Ryan, as always you ROCK on detailed information, etc. Thanks for all the specs, Q&A's, and other cool information on the first page. Also loe the new avatar ... it was just this white shield with a horse, and BAM when a I clicked to the next page we've got this cool black beauty with the red & tan letters ... very cool. Keep it! :)

Looking forward to seeing your film ... should do well!

235 Studios
06-02-2007, 10:32 AM
Ryan, as always you ROCK on detailed information, etc. Thanks for all the specs, Q&A's, and other cool information on the first page. Also loe the new avatar ... it was just this white shield with a horse, and BAM when a I clicked to the next page we've got this cool black beauty with the red & tan letters ... very cool. Keep it! :)

Looking forward to seeing your film ... should do well!

Thanks much appreciated. I try to provide info that I think would be interesting for other filmmakers- or at least, what I find interesting anyway.

Glad you like the new avatar- I wasn't happy with the previous one, so I've been tinkering around, and I think I've settled on this one, as I like the look / style. Now I'm just working on the banner for when this fest is done, and I replace the banner with my dp banner. I think I'm on revision 5 now ....

Beat Takeshi
06-02-2007, 12:03 PM
This looks great and along the vien that we did. Dale didn't want to make a typical spy film also. I'm glad there is another thats breaking the mold. Good Luck!!!

235 Studios
06-03-2007, 01:43 PM
Nice, glad to hear there are others that took another approach. I'll keep an eye out for your film. :)

Norm Sanders
06-03-2007, 03:31 PM
Ha, watch, now there won't be a single 'typical' spy film in the fest because we ALL took a 'unique' approach with the stories, lol!

Ryan, just watched your BTS clips ... some funny stuff in there, thanks for sharing!

chris f
06-03-2007, 07:02 PM
bts looks good. i especially like the grab of the lights coming through the blinds

Keystoned
06-03-2007, 10:03 PM
Big cast, cool gear, and nice lighting from what I can see.

Looking forward to this, especially the low angle poo shot.

I have a feeling we are in for some rack focus there maybe?

:beer:

235 Studios
06-04-2007, 09:31 AM
I have a feeling we are in for some rack focus there maybe?

In the extended cut, the rack focus is there- but to get the film to fit within the 6 min time frame, I had to loose the rack focus as the point was communicated well with out it. There are a couple of other beats that I had to sacrifice as well for the DVXuser cut of the film, but they are there in the longer version. While I do like the DVXuser cut, I feel better about the longer cut, as I like the pacing more.

wesley
06-04-2007, 12:37 PM
good music, well shot.

the concept was fun but drawn out too long i think. It also didn't really feel like a spyfest film.

235 Studios
06-04-2007, 01:48 PM
good music, well shot.

the concept was fun but drawn out too long i think. It also didn't really feel like a spyfest film.

Thanks on all comments. I'm glad that it didn't feel like a spy fest film, as this was not supposed to be a traditional spyfest entry. It is definately on the outer limits of gathering information without the approval of others. :)

-zach-
06-04-2007, 02:02 PM
This was a great way to tell a visual story. Wide frame, shallow depth of field, everything in the frame was intended to be there. I didn't like that there wasn't a huge "spy" element. You could also hear the cuts in the audio when he bounced the ball and she takes out the camera the first time. I don't know if there's a workaround for that or not in your situation. The ending was really the clincher for what made the story. As a purely visual film, 9/10. As a SpyFest film, 5/10.

If this was not just a SpyFest movie however I'd be saying "WOW Great! but seeing as it's for SpyFest, I... dunno." Still, rockin' visuals. lovin the dog poo.

chris f
06-04-2007, 04:16 PM
Standard Disclaimer: I've watched half of the films so far and have yet to see a bad film. Congratulations to every film maker, everyone did a great job. All my comments and criticisms are meant to be constructive and helpful and in no way am I trying to take anything away from what you accomplished.

Good: Liked the concept (reminded me of my grandma, ha). Liked the ending, good job on the picture frame composites. Good lighting too.

Not as Good: The sound mix seemed to cut in and out at times. Couldn't really tell where this film was going until the basketball scene.

Michael_Petro
06-04-2007, 05:15 PM
I liked it ok. Like your camera work and the score.. didnt seem so spy like.. i know she was looking out the window just didnt seem spylike

Ben Sliker
06-04-2007, 05:28 PM
that ... was kinda creepy. The makeup job was great, and nice ending.

The smearing on the edges of those 14mm shots kind of took me out of it, seems the only sweet spot you had on your adapter was dead center.

A solid entry, good work.

aravance
06-04-2007, 06:39 PM
Great visual storytelling.

I agree with others in the not so much a "spy" film. But it still works.

Wasn't a huge fan of the numerous crossfades. And the edges were a little smudgy.

All I can say is evil grandma sure is creepy.

david jerome
06-04-2007, 08:29 PM
I've seen about half the films so far. Just felt like stopping bye and letting you know so far this is my favorite. Very cool film Ryan. And Justin's score was perfect. Good luck.

david jerome

gabrielflorit
06-04-2007, 08:59 PM
One thing I liked: The early scenes, I felt empathy for her.

One thing I disliked: Way too long. Too many shots of the same thing, we get the point already.

bosindy
06-04-2007, 10:17 PM
Very creepy, nice work. Really liked Justin's score. Enjoyed it.

JOE BLO
06-04-2007, 10:52 PM
I liked alot of the shots. I found it a little slow but the ending really paid off. Good job.

Mike@AF
06-05-2007, 02:32 AM
I liked the ending a lot. The frame effects worked really well and was unexpected. I thought it was slow building up. Even with the boy playing basketball I couldn't tell what was happening until she picked up the camera and the music changed. The music really sold it.

I don't see the spy part of this. Works more for some kind of creepy horror genre than spy in my opinon. Good job tho... I liked the idea and would like to see the full length version.

cinealma
06-05-2007, 10:13 AM
Ok, I have to agree that this is not really a "spy film" of any sort.

Now that I've said that, purely on a film basis, I absolutely loved this one. Totally my cup of tea. The way this was shot and the final lighting/color and the story itself was kind of like Twilight Zone meets X-Files.

The final scene was creepy and effective. However, I think you needed some breathing room with this one in order to build it up more smoothly. When the "cat" comes out of the bag at the end, it's too sudden. The clipping was the only real clue as to what was going one, but I think it revealed too much.

Good job. I think you made a terrific film.

Michael Anthony Horrigan
06-05-2007, 10:56 AM
Great job! I really liked this one. I think it could have been edited a little tighter (I'm guilty of that myself) but the payoff was huge!

I'm now a big fan. I'll be watching to see what you come up with next.

BTW, I think that lady lives across the street from me! :Drogar-Shock(DBG):

Mike

Hootzie
06-05-2007, 12:33 PM
I agree that the editing of the middle part could have been tighter. Great tension building though and a great payoff!

AmyO
06-05-2007, 04:04 PM
I'm glad that it didn't feel like a spy fest film, as this was not supposed to be a traditional spyfest entry. It is definately on the outer limits of gathering information without the approval of others. :)

Was that an intentional reference to "Outer Limits"? 'Cause, that's what this film reminded me of, in a good way. I liked it. Great cinematography. That extreme wide angle on the sidewalk was a bit (over)distorted, and I'm on the fence if it adds or detracts from the off kilter mood. I enjoyed how you gave us the story of the inventor husband quickly and creatively.

And, dude, Granny has a creepy laugh! Love it. :)

RebeccaD
06-05-2007, 05:46 PM
Ryan, nice job! I think it fit the spy requirements just fine because the lady was spying on people and they were unaware of it. She was very creepy. I loved the gorgeous exterior shots (you are fabulous with those, btw) and I also loved the ending. Definitely took me by surprise. I thought the camera was going to be some documentation of all the people she thought had wronged her or something. She showed them....glad she doesn't live in my neighborhood. She did a terrific job as well.

Overall, nicely done. I look forward to what you come up with next!

235 Studios
06-06-2007, 09:44 AM
Thanks everyone for all of you comments- both positive and negative.

For those of you who commented / asked- I was going for a twilight zone / outer limits feel for this film. I'm glad that the pay off works, as that is what I feel really makes the film.

Everyone had a big part in making this film what it is. Justin did a great job on the score, and Mark made the VFX work exactly how I wanted them too - they are great at what they do! :)

One more note:
I need to appoligize to Justin, as the final version of the score did not make it into the spyfest submission. I'll be updating the link on the first page with the final version of the score, and when it is up I'll let you all know.

Justin did a great job making some additional changes. Unfortunately, there were some last minute changes to the sound design, and I didn't notice that the score wasn't updated in the midst of rushing to get the film submitted on time. I've already contacted Justin, but I thought that it would be appropriate to mention it here as well.

Well, I've got to get back to work- these last couple of days have been pretty full for me, as I've had a couple of clients that I'm having to attend to .... (It is always an interesting job being given a project to fix for someone .... grrrr).

Edgen
06-06-2007, 09:49 AM
ehh.. no problemo on the score! I think it works either way. :) I am curious to see/hear the final version though

Cheers!
/j

Panther
06-06-2007, 09:41 PM
Looks good Ryan. I have say the Sennheiser ME66/K6 did an alright job on sound, a little tinny for the sound. And a mental note with glass bottles, have a blast shield... incoming :shocked:

Great working with you!

Ryan "Panther" Roberton

235 Studios
06-08-2007, 02:22 PM
Looks good Ryan. I have say the Sennheiser ME66/K6 did an alright job on sound, a little tinny for the sound. And a mental note with glass bottles, have a blast shield... incoming :shocked:

Great working with you!

Ryan "Panther" Roberton

LOL! Yeah, that bottle did spray a lot more then I had though it was going too. Thanks for your help - it was good to have you on set. :)

PDX_DVX
06-08-2007, 02:51 PM
Do you have the clip of the glass bottle bouncing off the pavement?

Beat Takeshi
06-08-2007, 04:37 PM
I love the shots on this. The framing was well done in most every shot it. The only thing I thought that the clipping gave the whole thing away and I was just waiting for it to finally happen. I thought the build up to it was nice though even if I did know what to expect.

235 Studios
06-09-2007, 09:26 AM
Do you have the clip of the glass bottle bouncing off the pavement?

Ask and you shall receive- here is the take of the bouncing bottle:

BOUNCING BOTTLE (http://www.235studios.com/dvxuser/FFMovie/FreezeFrame-Bottle.mov)

Dahopafilms
06-09-2007, 09:49 AM
Ryan,

Still watching films and this one was great. I love the Outer Limits/Twilight Zone genre and this was clearly in that genre.

A few comments:
I liked the use of the range of lenses (especially the very wide angle one), but I wonder if they helped move your story or were mainly interesting to us as filmmakers?
Your lead actress was great. Creepy. In a "good" way.
I do have an issue with the edit. For me, this seemed to drag a little and I wonder whether or not you could have got to the same place a little quicker? That may just be me.
Some of the adapter shots seemed a little "soft" in places.
Weird, but it ocurred to me when she went to the medicine cabinet that I wondered why the bottle of Tylenol was (for the most part) the only thing in the cupboard. Maybe that just added to the creepiness.
I wasn't entirely sold on the music. Not sure why.
Cool tension when the kid was retrieving his ball from under the window. I think you hit on a great visceral memory that snapped everyone (or at least me)back to their childhood in that shot. Very cool.


This was a great original concept and I think it plays really well. Also really liked the dog.

Thanks very much for making this and letting us comment.

Norm Sanders
06-09-2007, 10:54 AM
Hey Ryan, just got off the phone with you & said I'd start making comments today. Yours is the first!

So, first thing to cover is the HUGE marked growth with this entry! Well done! I remember reading the script, and the writing style was VERY staccato ... enough so that it was difficult for me to follow & I never finished reading ... I'm glad I didn't because the payoff on this was huge with the ending.

Sound design was good, with solid music, and some excellent cinematography as always. And the VFX of having the people stuck in the picture frames was spot on! Totally creepy ending that made the movie.

All that said, the pacing up TO the ending was slow & I think could have been improved with tighter editing and/or some more interesting things peppered throughout to keep the viewer more interested. While the ending was totally solid, I wonder if it was enough to compensate for the wait we had to get there?

I've seen others mention the clipping perhaps revealing so much ... perhaps I'm a slow reader because I don't even remember what the clipping said ... I was looking at the picture instead. So for me, there were no hints or reveals of what was coming. With regards to the Twilight Zone/Outer Limits vibe, you nailed it. The quality of this is also TV ready. Great job, and marked growth as a director.

I'd look forward to your next submission having more dialogue, so we can see the growth in working with talent, interactions with each other, etc.

Keep it up!

Karl151k
06-09-2007, 04:52 PM
Freeze Frame was the first movie I watched in SpyFest that actually compelled me to show it to someone else. The idea was just so neat that I had to share it. As others have mentioned, yes it was very twilight zone-ish, but that's a good thing. The framing of your shots was nice, but I got a little tired of seeing that same wide, low exterior shot from the sidewalk. The extreme wide angle really captured the surreal-ness of the movie. The exterior lighting looked pretty good as well and I liked how vibrant this movie was.

The few little problems I had with the movie were: The seemingly unmotivated character shift in the old woman as she watches the boy play basketball. First she seems to enjoy seeing him make all that noise and have fun, but then suddenly she gets very annoyed. I guess a case can be made for her hearing aid being on the fritz at first... =) There were a few shots where the focus seemed to drift a little as well.

I really liked this story. It could have been a little bit shorter, but it was still a fun movie. Thanks for showing it to us!

Jack Daniel Stanley
06-10-2007, 05:06 AM
Hey Ryan,

Great concept here.

Will agree with Aram that the framing was very nice. Not sure I agree about the clipping giving too much away however. I knew something was going to happen
involving the camera obviously but not sure exactly what. So it acted as an effective dramatic forward for me in that sense ... in other words for me at least it was foreshadowed but not totally given away.

I enjoyed this. I would have loved to see a shot pull back and see dozens of picture frames though at the end. Why not really go for it you know?

Glad I got to see this. Thanks for screening it :beer:

iSTy
06-12-2007, 06:06 PM
I like this film mainly because it reminded me of Sapphire & Steel, a brilliant British programme of the '80's.
Cheers.

235 Studios
06-15-2007, 09:33 AM
Freeze Frame was the first movie I watched in SpyFest that actually compelled me to show it to someone else. The idea was just so neat that I had to share it. As others have mentioned, yes it was very twilight zone-ish, but that's a good thing. The framing of your shots was nice, but I got a little tired of seeing that same wide, low exterior shot from the sidewalk. The extreme wide angle really captured the surreal-ness of the movie. The exterior lighting looked pretty good as well and I liked how vibrant this movie was.

I really liked this story. It could have been a little bit shorter, but it was still a fun movie. Thanks for showing it to us!

Thanks for the comments- glad you liked it, and I feel honored that it compelled you to show it to someone else. :)


The few little problems I had with the movie were: The seemingly unmotivated character shift in the old woman as she watches the boy play basketball. First she seems to enjoy seeing him make all that noise and have fun, but then suddenly she gets very annoyed. I guess a case can be made for her hearing aid being on the fritz at first... =) There were a few shots where the focus seemed to drift a little as well.

Yeah, that is a good point- I think I definately could have done a better job at communicating why she is happy, then annoyed. Perhaps some kind of flashback, or some other story element, like a picture of her husband playing basketball would have helped. I was thinking that she was happy at first because she was remembering her youth, and her husband at an earilier time, but then the noise, and remembering the loss of her husband over come her, and she reverts into her old annoyed self. That is definatley a lot of subtext that went uncommunicated.....

235 Studios
06-15-2007, 09:36 AM
Hey Ryan,

Great concept here.

Will agree with Aram that the framing was very nice. Not sure I agree about the clipping giving too much away however. I knew something was going to happen
involving the camera obviously but not sure exactly what. So it acted as an effective dramatic forward for me in that sense ... in other words for me at least it was foreshadowed but not totally given away.

Thanks for the comments- glad it wasn't given away for you, as I definately wanted to convey that something was going on, but not let the cat out of the bag before the end...


I enjoyed this. I would have loved to see a shot pull back and see dozens of picture frames though at the end. Why not really go for it you know?

Glad I got to see this. Thanks for screening it :beer:

That is a great idea- I wish I would have thought of that- it definately would have worked well!!!

235 Studios
06-15-2007, 09:39 AM
I like this film mainly because it reminded me of Sapphire & Steel, a brilliant British programme of the '80's.
Cheers.

Nice! The writter is based in London- so I'm glad to hear that the film had a bit of a british flare to it. (I'm a big fan of british films- [especially their comedy] - so thanks for the comparison!)

235 Studios
06-15-2007, 09:42 AM
So, first thing to cover is the HUGE marked growth with this entry! Well done! I remember reading the script, and the writing style was VERY staccato ... enough so that it was difficult for me to follow & I never finished reading ... I'm glad I didn't because the payoff on this was huge with the ending.

Sound design was good, with solid music, and some excellent cinematography as always. And the VFX of having the people stuck in the picture frames was spot on! Totally creepy ending that made the movie.

All that said, the pacing up TO the ending was slow & I think could have been improved with tighter editing and/or some more interesting things peppered throughout to keep the viewer more interested. While the ending was totally solid, I wonder if it was enough to compensate for the wait we had to get there?

I've seen others mention the clipping perhaps revealing so much ... perhaps I'm a slow reader because I don't even remember what the clipping said ... I was looking at the picture instead. So for me, there were no hints or reveals of what was coming. With regards to the Twilight Zone/Outer Limits vibe, you nailed it. The quality of this is also TV ready. Great job, and marked growth as a director.

I'd look forward to your next submission having more dialogue, so we can see the growth in working with talent, interactions with each other, etc.

Keep it up!

Thanks, much appreciated. I learned a LOT from SEMELE - especially regarding directing, so I think that paid of in this film. After my experience with this one, I've learned even more, so hopefully future submissions will be stronger. As long as each submission tops the previous one I did, I'm happy. :)