Life of Loss
Season 1 focuses on the dramatic short film Life of Loss
. In each Beyond the Frame
episode, Tony takes us behind the scenes on a specific scene, discussing equipment (see the full gear list
), casting using LAcasting.com
, directing, writing and more, and then walks us through a time lapse of the complete post production process.
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The idea for Beyond the Frame
came from my own need for such a show. I often find myself searching online for accurate portrayals of filmmaking behind the scenes. The pickings are slim. It should be industry standard practice to provide not just a candid perspective people can learn from, but also an experience they can walk away from saying, "I know what it was like to be there making that on that day" - at least a little bit! My goal in creating Beyond the Frame
was to offer that show to my community. When I would watch Top Gun
or Ace Ventura
growing up, and even today, I'd think to myself "I want to be there filming that!". Beyond the Frame
is a show that aims to puts you there with us.
Season 1 features behind the scenes production and post-production of the dramatic short film Life of Loss
and is sponsored by Zacuto
. 95% of Life of Loss
was shot on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 in Colton, Grand Terrace, and San Bernardino, California.
Now watch the short
At first glance, Life of Loss is a story of a woman looking for her lost daughter. As it turns out, she is struggling with mental health issues and is looking for herself. The movie focuses on how her friends and family are effected by her projections and the realities of her condition. I was intrigued at the idea of showing a character people still had hope and love for walk an unraveling line through her previous life one more time.
The highlight of Life of Loss for me was filming the scene between our lead character, played by Karen Strassman, and her frustrated friend, played by Thomas Ashworth. I plugged myself into a corner behind Karen's chair and setup to watch what I knew would be a career favorite scene for me. It didn't disappoint.
At the end of a long day of filmmaking, a focused crew and two experienced actors patiently worked with me and gave me what I wanted. Genuinely good fun and personally fulfilling. The day played an interesting tune and we ended on our highest note.
Season 1 Gear List
What's coming next?
My goals for this first season were twofold.
1) create a competent and quality short film
2) offer a window into the experience by documenting the process in an interesting and entertaining way
I knew this 1st season wouldn't hit every point I'd like to discuss or cover every technique of filmmaking, but it's the start of my journey to attempt to do so. At the very least, it would be a worthwhile use of a month of my life!
Season 2 of Beyond the Frame will feature the production of Solstice, an ambitious 4K, 10bit, 48 frames per second, sci-fi short film set on a blue planet with quality indie visual and practical effects. Like the innovations of adding sound and color to movies, 4K resolution, 10bit color, and increased frame rates are all beautiful and logical steps toward telling stories that convey the human experience. Humans don't see at 24 frames per second in 8-bit color. Pass or fail, we're going for it.
Meet Tony and his team
Tony Aaron II
8 years ago I slept on Hollywood Blvd after having just arrived in Los Angeles. I went through the homeless system in LA (PATH) whilst beginning my career as a background actor and "Harassing a different department every day on set." I built my production company, Mystery Dinner Productions, with the single goal of creating a recognized independent film studio before I'm 35.
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