Perspectives: Liz Tomkins on Producing Frame 137

» Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Mainframe, Perspectives | 0 comments


Judd and I had just finished working together on a small independent feature film called Sleeper when he first mentioned Frame 137.

After our experience pulling the feature together, Frame 137 seemed like a fairly small commitment – I remember saying ‘it’s only a short’, and I remember Judd laughing at me. Appropriately, so it seems, because the film in the end had a cast and crew of nearly 100, and involved set design, wardrobe, stunts, VFX and make up worthy of a full-length feature film.

A huge contributor to the film is DOP Andrew Railton, I’m fairly sure he didn’t sleep at all while we were shooting, and he gave the cinematography every part of his heart and soul, which is more than obvious on-screen.

My favourite part of the shoot was undoubtedly the fire stunts. There was a sense of heightened focus on set that day which indicated everyones awareness that despite the highest of safety measures, its still a dangerous stunt. And for ten-year-old star Sam Ransom it was particularly exciting. It was Sam’s first film, and I think he’s shown everyone how effectively he can work with industry professionals, in particular the stunts department.

The number of extras that attended was fantastic to see. They were all patient and well-behaved, which allowed the crew to work to it’s maximum capability, even with such large numbers of people on the set. The set itself was such an achievement for Set Designer Samuel Hawley– you can

see Sam’s video here which gives a good indication of the work the guys did to make it happen.

We all did some long hours though. On the second night Julien (continuity) and I ventured back to our accommodation. To spare ourselves an hour driving to and from the Gold Coast we slept in Tents. On that night we got a 2 hrs sleep before packing it up again to be back on set. But everyone was so passionate about getting this story on screen, we were more worried about being able to get everything done before people had to go their separate ways.

In my experience shooting in the often high-pressure environment of a film set forges bonds that can last for decades – this cast and crew was a family by the time we finished shooting, and such an amazing group of eclectic and interesting people you will not find anywhere else in the world.

Liz Tomkins

Frame 137 Producer

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