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Frame of Mind

Insecure photographer Curt (Connor Rose) hopes to capture the perfect sunset. Full film coming soon.

During my third year in college, one of my professors told me that too many student filmmakers try to “build the Titanic in their basement”: they get too excited about making their film a masterpiece, and end up with something convoluted that doesn’t work as a ten-minute short on a four-figure budget. The best student films, he said, are the ones that practice restraint.


Naturally, my desire to ignore his advice was significant. Like most film students, I wanted to make something show-stopping that would get me attention. But I knew if that was my biggest goal, the film would probably come out worse. I wondered, what if there was a character who had to learn the price of obsessing over greatness? I decided to focus on that theme, and tried to make a film that demonstrated my interests as a director, regardless of how masterful it attempted to be.


The story follows Curt, a student photographer, who has been asked to submit a photograph that captures who he is. His resulting search for perfection, made worse by personal insecurity, puts him in conflict with his best friend John, an off-roading enthusiast who works at a grocery store. Inspired by Good Will Hunting, the style of Jim Jarmusch, and the mood of 1970s folk rock, I hope Frame of Mind offers a satisfying exploration of the territory between creative dreams and genuine friendship.

A college student risks his lifelong friendship in pursuit of the perfect photograph.

Drama

2024

Writer, Director, Editor

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