Everything changes when an embattled mother living in a women's shelter gets a job in a forgotten special FX studio.
Trapped by a broken social and legal system, she seeks escape in the world of imagination - a special FX shop
...where violence is not real, monsters are pretend, escape can be imagined and friends and allies can be found.
"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."
"At the end of the day the entire tie in with OddFX is fantastic. We get to see the team become a group of small heroes as they help Cady teach her kids how to prevent violence happening to them and then in turn head out to help when Logan goes ballistic in the major climax. The script deals with the issues of sexism, domestic violence, and self defense in very real and vivid ways that sends a powerful message, but does it in an extremely cinematic way.”
After risking all to flee to a domestic violence shelter, Cady Langton finds herself trapped by a broken social and legal system. In an attempt to transition out of the shelter, Cady gets a job in a special FX company where imaginations run wild. Cady must win her battle against violence at home, sexism in the workplace and the cultural myths that oppress her. Can she trust these men to help?
A camerawoman and her two young children risk all to flee to a women's shelter. When the legal system can’t protect them she finds unlikely allies in an oddball special effects film company. Can she trust these men to help?
Two Worlds - Her Lens
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. Craig moved on to ILM’s Matte Department where she shot latent-image, multi-pass, bi-packed scenes on Willow.
Craig's next film was RoboCop2 with the legendary stop-motion animator Phil Tippett.
A Bay Area tech company offered Craig large budgets to direct and produce product announcement films. Craig set up her own union and guild affiliated live action and special FX production company to produce the acclaimed short films all shot on 35mm film.
When Francis Ford Coppola sought someone to organize, archive and preserve his film masterpieces, Craig seized upon the opportunity. She set up the archive, distribution and preservation for Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders, One from the Heart and Hammett. Working closely with Paramount Pictures she pushed for protection masters for The Godfather and worked closely with Universal, Sony, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Canal+, and Skywalker Sound. Craig was a liaion between the studios and filmmakers; Mr. Coppola, Walter Murch (sound) Vittorio Storaro (cinematography) and others. Her job was to make sure that everything was created and delivered to their artistic standards.
What was supposed to be a six week job at American Zoetrope lasted for over six years. Craig continued to consult for Zoetrope in her spare time after she returned to ILM, this time not as a cameraperson but as a digital artist. Relying not on her camera and photographic skills, but her fine art and representational painting skills, Craig quickly became one of the leading digital texture painters on over 20 ILM films 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". Craig’s work was successful because she could combine the artistic with the highly technical.
An artist and filmmaker at heart, Craig felt there was more she could do. Her first draft of Suspended Belief received attention in the Sundance screenplay competition. Drawing from her American Conservative Theater director training and UCLA screenwriting background, Craig launched OddFX Films, the production company for Suspended Belief, a story about a camerawoman escaping domestic violence.
ANAHID NAZARIAN has collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola for over 30 years, during which she worked as an Executive Producer on Youth Without Youth, Tetro 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 Heart, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Mishima, Peggy Sue Got Married, Gardens of Stone, Tucker, The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jack, The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Willow, Witches of Eastwick, Enemy Mine, Young Sherlock Holmes, The Goonies, Star 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 Casper, Forrest Gump, Baby's Day Out, Jurassic Park, Alive, Hook, and Total Recall.
Carson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
SIMON CHEUNG, was for many years a senior digital modeler at Peter Jackson's studio Weta. His film credits include, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, The Adventure of Tintin, Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Jumper, Enchanted, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Night at the Museum, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Mission Impossible III, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Minority Report, Pearl Harbor, and Men in Black.
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 Jedi, The Right Stuff, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, *batteries not included, Ghostbusters II, Back to the Future, Part II, The Hunt for Red October, The Rocketeer, Death Becomes Her, The Meteor Man, Forrest Gump, The Mask, Disclosure, Jumanji, Twister, Mars Attacks!, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I, Sleepy Hollow, The Perfect Storm, Jurassic Park III, Star Wars: Episode II, Dreamcatcher, Peter Pan, Jarhead, The 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 End, Transformers, Super 8, Red Tails, Battleship, The Avengers. Star Trek Into Darkness, Tomorrowland, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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 Ranger, The Avengers, Red Tails, Elysium, The Last Airbender, Avatar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Terminator Salvation, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Mission Impossible III, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Jarhead, War of the Worlds, xXx: State of the Union, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Hulk, Minority Report, Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park III, Pearl Harbor, Galaxy Quest, Wild Wild West, The Mummy, Snake Eyes, Saving Private Ryan, Deep Impact, Starship Troopers, Men in Black, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Star Trek: Generations.
Heron is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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 Man, Flight, 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.
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.
RICHARD BEGGS won an Academy Award for Apocalypse Now and was nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Children of Men, The 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 Translation, Adaptation, The Virgin Suicides, Sphere, Great Expectations, A Little Princess, Bugsy, The Godfather Part III, Avalon, Rain Man, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Cotton Club, Repo Man, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders and One from the Heart.
Beggs is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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).
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 at 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 led 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 Rim, The Lone Ranger and Elysium.
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.
STEPHEN KENNEALLY created and executed complex publicity campaigns that incorporated Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound canvassing print, broadcast, and online media strategies for global markets for film and tech innovations. He was point person for talent relationships on the film festival circuit, specifically targeting Sundance, Toronto and the LA Film Festival. Sponsored the Women in Film brunch at Sundance, as well as the annual Skywalker Sound Sundance Party.
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.
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.