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when you're safer here than home


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when you're safer here than home


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and the only open door


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and the only open door


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A camera woman risks all to flee to a shelter with her young children to escape her violent husband. When the system can’t protect her, she finds unlikely allies in an oddball special effects company.

A camera woman risks all to flee to a shelter with her young children to escape her violent husband. When the system can’t protect her, she finds unlikely allies in an oddball special effects company.

"This is a very strong concept for the Indy genre and it takes on a powerful female protagonist as well as a wide array of thought provoking and politically topical issues."

"The strength of the narrative is its originality. This is a unique, singular story with a particular selection of elements ... which combine in a manner that has not been done in any other film. That is noteworthy and reflective of a writer with a voice and the courage to express it."

genre

Drama, dramatic comedy, coming-of-age, family drama, family.

target audience

Women and men, young adult through senior.

cast

We are presently casting this SAG-AFTRA film.

crew

Our team to date has worked on over 675 films. We have 8 Academy members, one Academy Award winner, and one nominee.

timeline

Production - summer 2017

Sundance Screenwriting Finalist, Austin Second Rounder (twice), Page Round Two, Cynosure, SFFS/Rainin Grant Finalist, workshopped with Michael Urban of AFI, through Squaw Valley and Joan Scheckel.  

Sundance Screenwriting Finalist, Austin Second Rounder (twice), Page Round Two, Cynosure, SFFS/Rainin Grant Finalist, workshopped with Michael Urban of AFI, through Squaw Valley and Joan Scheckel.

 

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meet the filmmakers


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meet the filmmakers


We’re a group of extremely talented filmmakers from the San Francisco Bay Area who have worked on some of the biggest block busters of all time at ILM, Pixar, Disney and American Zoetrope. Suspended Belief is our smaller, more personal film.
— Catherine Craig

Two Worlds, Her Lens

writer director

CATHERINE CRAIG became the first woman camera operator at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic when she was hired in the FX animation department to shoot on Explorers, Goonies and Mishima. She's worked as a director, producer, live action and FX camera operator and owned and operated her own film production company. Craig is credited as a filmmaker and digital artist on over 36 major motion pictures including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and The Mummy, for which she was invited to speak about at Siggraph 1999: Abstracts and Application; Creating Digital Corpses for "The Mummy". She is knowledgeable in all aspects of traditional and digital film-making.

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Craig studied directing at American Conservatory Theater and script analysis and directing with the legendary Jean Shelton after obtaining her BFA at California College of the Arts.  Her secondary film education came when she was Archivist and Director of Domestic and International Distribution for Francis Ford Coppola's award winning company, American Zoetrope. She worked closely with Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Canal+, and Skywalker Sound as well as with Francis Coppola, Richard Beggs, Walter Murch, Robert Dalva and Vittorio Storaro.

Catherine owns the production company, OddFX, LLC.

 
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producers


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executive producer

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ANAHID NAZARIAN has collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola for over 30 years, during which she worked as an Executive Producer on Youth Without YouthTetro and Twixt.  

In addition to Coppola’s films, she has worked on screenplays with many notable writers, including Ronald Bass, Arnold Schulman, Mario Puzo, David Peoples, John Le Carre and Paul Schrader. Her screen credits, include One From The HeartThe OutsidersRumble FishThe Cotton ClubMishimaPeggy Sue Got MarriedGardens of StoneTuckerThe Godfather Part IIIBram Stoker’s DraculaJackThe Rainmaker as well as Youth Without Youth and Tetro.  Nazarian was also writer and producer for her own independent feature film, Pomegranate and producer for the film Illusion, starring Kirk Douglas. Nazarian is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

producer

ARDEES RABANG is a production professional with over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Her experience includes working closely with Filmmaker George Lucas and Producer Rick McCallum at Lucasfilm, Ltd. on some of the highest grossing movies of all time: the Star Wars Trilogy Special Editions, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Red Tails.

On the television side, she has worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Star Wars live-action television series. Her expertise spans all areas of production, from pre-production through post-production, marketing and publicity, release to distribution. 

Ardees also oversaw and managed Director/ Writer/Producer Brad Bird’s production company and assisted Mr. Bird on Tomorrowland in all aspects of the film.

Ardees is currently the President of Colorful Media (formerly Infidea Studios) and oversees their feature films, television production, streaming series and microfilms.
 

associate producer

KATIE LANIGAN recently produced Love Meet Hope starring Ed Azner, and is a producer on the docu series They Took Our Child: We Got Her Back. She was also associate producer on Gutshot Straight starring George Eads and Steven Segal.

Lanigan currently resides on the junior board at the Lookingglass Theater and Steppenwolf Theater Ensemble. She studied professional production at UCLA and in 2009 won a national silver pro/am title in Latin and Ballroom dancing.

Her hard work ethic and enthusiasm make her a great addition to any set.

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casting, costume, production designer


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costume design

AGGIE RODGERS won the Costume Designers Guild Awards Career Achievement Award in 2015. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the Color Purple. She was the costumer designer for Fruitvale Station, Rent, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Double, The Hurricane, The Rainmaker, Inventing the Abbots, Benny & Joon, Grand Canyon, At play in the Fields of the Lord, My Stepmother Is an Alien, Beetlejuice, *batteries not included, The Witches of Eastwick, The color Purple, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Cocoon, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Conversation, and American Graffiti.

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local casting

NANCY HAYES CASTING will do all of our local casting. Nancy Hayes Casting is a full service casting agency that has operated in San Francisco for almost 30 years. Nancy has worked on such films as Hereafter, Only God Knows, Memoirs of a Geisha, Just Like Heaven, The Sweetest Thing, High Crimes, George of the Jungle, James and the Giant Peach, Down Periscope, Toy Story, Interview with the Vampire: the Vampire Chronicles, Mrs. Doubtfire, Made in America, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Radio Flyer, The Doors and The Presidio.

production designer

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KRIS BOXELL'S talent shines most brightly in her work on Bull Durham and Blue Jasmine. So much of baseball groupie Annie Savoy's character is quickly established by the set decoration in her home. Ginger's San Francisco apartment in Blue Jasmine quickly conveys the differences between Ginger and her sister Jasmine. Boxell has worked on Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, La Mission, Bee Season, Technolust, Playing Mona Lisa, James and the Giant Peach, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Bull Durham.

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special and visual fx


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visual and special fx art director

DAVE CARSON, Suspended Belief's Visual and Special FX Art Director, was the Visual Effects Supervisor for both Titanic and Joe Versus the Volcano. He was Visual Effects Art Director for WillowWitches of EastwickEnemy MineYoung Sherlock HolmesThe GooniesStar Trek III: Search for Spock, dragon set designer for Dragonslayer, model maker and storyboard artist on Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and a key sculptor on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Other credits include CasperForrest GumpBaby's Day OutJurassic ParkAliveHook, and Total Recall.

Carson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

visual fx consultant 

PETER DAULTON, Suspended Belief's Visual FX Consultant, is a member of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with over 30 years of experience both as a Visual Effects Camera Operator and CGI Lead Animator.  With credits on over 50 major motion pictures Daulton is well versed in motion control, stop motion and miniature photography as well as computer graphics, pre-viz, layout and animation.

His credits include, Star Wars: Return of the JediThe Right StuffIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade*batteries not includedGhostbusters IIBack to the Future, Part IIThe Hunt for Red OctoberThe RocketeerDeath Becomes HerThe Meteor ManForrest GumpThe MaskDisclosureJumanjiTwisterMars Attacks!The Lost World: Jurassic ParkStar Wars: Episode ISleepy HollowThe Perfect StormJurassic Park IIIStar Wars: Episode IIDreamcatcherPeter PanJarheadThe Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndTransformers, Super 8Red Tails, Battleship, The Avengers. Star Trek Into Darkness, Tomorrowland, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

sfx and pyro

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GEOFF HERON does pyro, and there will be explosions. When the characters in Suspended Belief need to let off steam, there's no better way than with a little pyro. Practical FX supervisor Geoff Heron's credits include, The Lone RangerThe AvengersRed TailsElysiumThe Last AirbenderAvatarIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullTerminator SalvationTransformersPirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndPirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's ChestPoseidonMission Impossible IIIHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireJarheadWar of the WorldsxXx: State of the UnionMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlHulkMinority ReportPlanet of the ApesJurassic Park IIIPearl Harbor, Galaxy QuestWild Wild WestThe MummySnake EyesSaving Private RyanDeep ImpactStarship TroopersMen in BlackThe Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Star Trek: Generations.

Heron is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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performance-animation supe

JENN EMBERLY, Animation Director for the 2003 live action film Peter Pan, will direct our live action scene where the mother and children fly on wires. Jenn was also the Animation Supervisor for Delivery ManFlight, Jack and Jill, and Chronicles of Narnia. She was Associate Animation Supervisor for War of the Worlds, and Men In Black II as well as a lead animator on Jurassic Park III, The Mummy and Mars Attacks!.

Jenn will also help design our scene where the lead character 'dances' with a motion control crane.

fight choreographer

ZOË SWENSON-GRAHAM recently returned to the states after living in the UK for past 7 years, where she worked on and off the stage as an actress, teacher and choreographer. She trained with the Academy of Performance Combat in the UK and is a certified stage combat teacher and fight choreographer, and has worked with the Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Southwark Playhouse, the British American Drama Academy, The Guildford School of Acting, RSC Open Spaces, and numerous workshops and masterclasses around the UK. On stage, she last appeared as the leading role in the English Premiere of Neil LaBute’s Autobahn at The Kings Head Theatre, London and received an Off-West End Best Actress nomination for At the Broken Places, a new American play that premiered in London in 2012. Fight credits include: Peter Pan (Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Marin), A Tale of Two Cities (The Kings Head Theatre, London), Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse), Boys (Soho Theatre) and served as an assistant on Carmen and Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden. 

dance choreographer

CHRIS MASON JOHNSON, a successful independent filmmaker, began his career as a dancer in major ballet and modern companies, including the Frankfurt ballet and White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Test, written and directed by Johnson and set in the San Francisco dance world of 1985 was accepted by the 64th Berlin International Film Festival,  2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival and 2013 Seattle International Film Festival.  A San Francisco Film Society/Rainin Grant and Horizons Foundation recipient, Test won two Grand Jury Prizes at Outfest 2013 for Best Screenwriting and Best U.S. Dramatic Feature. Johnson's first feature film, The New Twenty, won multiple festival awards and received strong reviews.

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sound designer

RICHARD BEGGS won an Academy Award for Apocalypse Now and was nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Children of MenThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

He has worked on over 60 films including, Lost in TranslationAdaptationThe Virgin SuicidesSphereGreat ExpectationsA Little PrincessBugsyThe Godfather Part IIIAvalonRain ManTucker: The Man and His DreamGhostbustersSpaceballsCotton Club, Repo ManRumble FishThe Outsiders and One from the Heart.

Beggs is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

music

THE RESIDENTS are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet The Residents (1974), the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, the Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by the band.

Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumor has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos—a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography.

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boom operator

TOM FOX is that guy; the guy on the set who is so much fun you wonder why anyone would ever have a film shoot without him. Tom has worked with directors Francis Ford CoppolaBarry LevinsonSteven SoderberghMike FiggisForest WhitakerMichael AptedPeter Tolan and Will Gluck.  He has worked on over 50 major features, including The Godfather, Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Tucker: The Man and His Dream.  Multi-talented, Fox has worked in a variety of different capacities from boom operator to operator of Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary Silverfish.

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post production


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post production supervisor

BILL KINDER is an award-winning producer and studio executive with deep expertise in pre-production, production, cinematography, film editing, and post-production across animation, live action and documentary. Kinder built the Editorial & Post Production Department at Pixar from the ground up. He led operations across five concurrent feature films, from story reels through final international mastering. He budgeted, scheduled, hired, managed and assigned team of over fifty, comprised of editors, assistants, managers and post production supervisors. Prior to Pixar, Bill was the Director for the editorial & post production facilities at Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope.

Bill also produced, directed and edited the award winning independent thriller, White Rabbit (2015).

compositing consultant

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LEAH ANTON has worked in computer graphics and visual effects for over 30 years. Her work as a compositor, painter, art director and designer, has appeared in numerous motions pictures and broadcast television venues. In addition to this, she also writes screenplays and does a great deal of photography.

Leah was sequence supervisor and development lead on Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, a computer graphics artist on Forrest Gump, Death Becomes Her, Deep Impact, Space Cowboys, Hulk, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Twister, Space Cowboys and Rent.

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president and ceo of 32TEN studios 

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President and CEO of 32TEN Studios Tim Partridge worked on over 100 feature films and in 43 countries.  Before his role overseeing the practical effects and 3D Technology units at Kerner, Partridge was a key executive Dolby Laboratories where, for over 20 years, he stood at the forefront of the entertainment and entertainment-technology industries.  He was a key player in the introduction of "Dolby Digital" and let the development of "Dolby 3D." As a Dolby sound consultant Tim worked on over 100 films, including Goldeneye, Highlander, Shadowlands and Willow, to name a few.  He also served the company in a number of other major posts, including that of Dolby's Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Firm, Cinema and Broadcast Division.  Most recently as CEO of 32TEN Studios he has overseen the production of practical effects for Pacific RimThe Lone Ranger and Elysium.

32TEN Studios

Much of our story takes place on a fictional special FX stage, called OddFX.  What better place to shoot this film than on the legendary Main Stage at 32Ten Studios.  3210 Kerner Blvd. was built by George Lucas in the 1980s as Industrial Light and Magic was expanding.  This historic building is also where the Lucasfilm Computer Division, now known as Pixar, wrote, produced and animated their first short.

Many famous film series have been shot on the Main Stage, including the Star Wars series (except Episode IV), Pirates of the Caribbean series, Star Trek series, Back to the Future series and Transformer series.

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marketing consultant

ELLEN PASTERNACK is an Awards Consultant for Paramount Pictures. A former Public Relations Director at Industrial Light and Magic as well as a Public Relations Consultant for Pixar Animation, Ellen was unit publicist on Mrs. Doubtfire, The Joy Luck Club, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Consenting Adults, For the Boys, Point Break, Class Action, The Doors, Joe Versus the Volcano, Born on the Fourth of July, Rain Man, Distant Thunder, Caddyshack II and Fatal Beauty.

business advisor

DENNIS A. BROWN has supervised numerous Academy Award and Emmy Award winning projects. He has an extensive background in mounting hundreds of millions of dollars of diversified productions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean including several complex co-productions.  

Dennis began his career as an NBC Page.  He worked in production budgeting and estimating at Desilu Studios, Paramount Pictures, Metromedia Producers Corporation, Quinn Martin Productions and the illustrious American International Pictures.  He joined EMI Films to become their vice president of worldwide production. Dennis was the senior executive vice president of production at United Artists, senior executive vice president of production at ITC Entertainment Group and after twenty five years returned to NBC as executive vice president where he led the in-house production operation at NBC.

Dennis is a graduate of Syracuse University and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.

*Dennis Brown's participation is via SCORE, a volunteer non-profit that is dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs.