I had this idea since it was the last week of a 70mm film print of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL 8, I wanted to get abstract and artistic shots of the projection booth, the projector, the platter system, and just the joy of seeing celluloid having light shown through it. This went very well with Scott Spears taking a 4K camera up there and spending about an hour getting all kinds of shots. I turned that into the new title sequence, as well as having a ton of other usable material for the show. I did a lot of setup work for season 3 of FRAMELINES in that I setup a template for the new season. What do I mean by “template“, you say? That means getting the intros and closes with our host, Johnny DiLoretto, formerly of Channel 6, and the brand new title sequence, and end credits, also with a new background newly shot from the same 4K projection booth footage.

I also created from all the BTS (aka Behind the Scenes) footage transitional shots to get from one segment to another, with sound FX, like a “whoosh” to go with the graphical look. These tend to get hyper stylized with black and white, film scratches and dirt, as well as 35mm film transfers of light leaks to add to the transitional feel to them. I made 31 of these for the new season. I tend to use around 8-10 per episode and I don’t want them to be too repetitive. I still have around 55-60 from previous seasons to pepper in with the new ones too.

Our PBS stations require a runtime of 26 minutes and 46 seconds. With the new episode template of credits and intros/closes, that leaves me with exactly 24 minutes and 56 seconds of content to create per episode. The equates to 5 minutes per segment of the 5 usual segments we do. Since some segments are always 6-8 minutes, others always 2-4 minutes, that never equals exactly 5 minutes per. Also, the end credits can be sped up or slowed down, there’s some extra lines in the opens and closes that can be deleted to make the run time match the stories for each episode.

I had this idea, based kind of on the pre-show entertainment slide shows at movie theaters, which is to do a live action version of the “trivia” question and answer. Material that can be under 1 minute, usually :30 seconds or so, to fill in that time with content, and make it educational as well. These became the SHORT TAKES that have already been appearing in episodes of FRAMELINES.

I’ve got these 2 brand new INTERACTIVE TUTORIALS to add to episodes too. Taking the Raw Footage from 2 of the sample scenes from the [b]TECH TIPS[/b], I shot new intros to how people can get these online for free and make their own edits. I’ll add those to episodes to take up some run time as well.

The bar on FRAMELINES has just been raised. I intend to keep it pretty high. And I need to get onto other projects, more narrative work soon.

“When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special”
– Radiohead

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Peter John Ross

A filmmaker, a dreamer, and the world's only Dan Akroyd Cosplayer


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