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    235 Studios presents: FREEZE FRAME
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    [B]View The Film Here (47MB)

    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
    Set Lighting Diagrams
    HVX Scene File Settings
    Last edited by 235 Studios; 06-04-2007 at 01:45 PM.
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    Freeze Frame Cast Pictures
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    Freeze Frame Cast Pictures

    Jodi Altendorf


    Michele Duckett


    Kevin Dahlgren


    Cole Magnuson


    Dave Rianda


    Kate Larsen


    Shuhe


    Sign Larsen
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    Freeze Frame Cast Pictures
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    Rafe Larsen


    Eric Nguyen


    Naomi Yoneyama


    Brandi Walters


    Rachel Risor


    Dave Minamoto


    Nathan Will


    Max Walters (Owner: Joyce Walters)
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    Behind The Scenes
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    Behind The Scenes Videos:
    On The Set of Freeze Frame
    Coiling With Patrick


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    The Camera
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    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:

    1080p Frame Grab - 3MB ("Right Click - Save As" Please)
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    Questions & Lessons Learned
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    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by PDX_DVX
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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


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    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.
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