“Strange Frame” will show at the Big Island Film Festival this week. (COURTESY OF BIFF FOR NHN)
“Strange Frame,” an animated sci-fi film, will appear at the Big Island Film Festival. COURTESY OF BIFF FOR NHN
GB Hajim has lived on the Big Island for more than 20 years now. Producer and director of the animated science fiction film “Strange Frame,” he wanted to give back to the island by teaching students in the local community to help create the work. In 2005, Hajim began offering an animation program to local high school kids and ultimately had 40 students go through his program.
“These were really talented kids. We picked the best and they became animators,” said Hajim. “One hundred percent of our former interns have gone on to college.”
Strange Frame, 98 minutes long, will be shown at the Big Island Film Festival between May 23 and 27 at the Fairmont Orchid. Released in 2012, it premiered in London on May 3 last year. The trailer for “Strange Frame” is currently on YouTube, and is both directed and produced by Hajim.
The story takes place in the 28th century, 200 years after the Great Earth Exodus. Naia, a feisty young singer/songwriter falls in love with Parker, a beautiful saxophonist in Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons. The two form a band — and now they not only must make it as musicians but also fight for their freedom. The film uses rich, hand drawn animation, and brings us into a world of space pirates, indentured slaves and genetic mutations.
Hajim said “Strange Frame” has screened in many film festivals around the world, as well as 20 cities across the U.S. It is becoming know as the next “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Heavy Metal” and “Blade Runner” rolled into one, he said. The film is also available on iTunes, AmazonOnDemand, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu and also on DVD.
Strange Frame stars Tim Curry (“Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Ferngully”), Claudia Black (“Stargate SG1,”” Farscape”), George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Michael Dorn (“Star Trek,” “Transformers”), Ron Glass (“Barney Miller,” “Firefly,” “Serenity”), Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” “Serenity,” “I Robot”), Juliet Landau (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Ed Wood)”, Cree Summer (“Rugrats,” “Drawn Together,” “Transformers”), Tara Strong (“My Little Pony,” “Rugrats,” “Princess Mononoke”) and Claudia Christian “Babylon5,” “Starhyke.”) The sound was mixed by Academy Award winner Gary Rizzo at LucasFilmʻs Skywalker Sound. Music by Shelley Doty, Dave Pellicciaro, Kainani Kahaunaele, Joe Gore, Dawn Richardson, and Pink Floyd.
“In Hollywood, it can sometimes take two years and 250 animators to create a feature,” Hajim said. “Our animators were given artistic freedom to help create ‘Strange Frame’ and the film was completed in five years.”
The local talent who worked on the film came from all over the Big Island. From 2D Animators, Matt Hawkins, Wailea; Kim Mashiyama, Hilo; Bobby Richards, Honokaa, and Kali Rose, Honokaa. Local 3D animators included Jahrain Jackson, Pahoa, and Janelle Young, Hilo. Additional animation was done by Jorgine Agasa, Hilo, Abbey Dalere, Hilo, and Scott Kita, Hilo.