Monday, October 27, 2014

Special Effects Plug Ins Now Available

We've got some exciting news for our film makers and story tellers!  If you've seen the opening scenes to Scott Whitaker's 'A Road Alone' (link to A Road Alone) winner of Best Film at last year's Open Frame, you're aware of the moody 'dutch tilt' he employed to hint that the world of this runner coming toward us was about to be turned on it's head.

Scott adds to the texture of his shot with a dreary rainy soundscape and a depressing drizzle.  You may have wondered how Scott's team patiently waited for the perfect storm to film that opening shot. Surprise ... it wasn't raining at all ... Scott added the rain and colored the shot digitally with some special effects plugins available in Final Cut Pro.

So you can make it rain, make it snow, cloud up with fog or even fill the scene with grit and debris.  All possible with a suite of Final Cut Pro plugins that we've purchased for use in your movies and video story telling.  We've added Snow generators, Smoke, Fog, Grit and Grime, Color Texture and of course realistic rain effects software to our special effects arsenal available to you.  For a look at what you can accomplish with these effects check out the Pro Rain plugin here:  While you're there, you can also check out ProGrit, ProFog, ProSmoke, ProSnow and ProToner, all of which we have made available for use in your projects.

For more information or a tutorial on how to use them email Steve Pustay:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Scriptwriting Contest Now Open

Open Frame Scriptwriting Contest / Challenge Opens!

The 2014-15 edition of the Open Frame Scriptwriting contest opened on Thursday, October 3rd.

The contest is open to any currently enrolled Malone University student.  It's your opportunity to sharpen your pencils and put that story that you've been dying to tell to paper.  You'll not only be stretching your writing 'chops' but the feedback on your scripts may prove valuable in framing and telling your unique story.

Each year talented Malone Alumni jury the scripts that are turned in -- which means that each script gets feedback from at least three judges including both numerical ratings and some narrative feedback.   You'll find, as an emerging writer, that getting serious feedback from good writers and readers is a rarity and a real privilege.  What better reason to start knocking out that script today.Scripts may be in any genre. Fresh innovative stories told in a cinematic way are best. Scripts mayrange from one minute to sixteen minutes (one minute = one page in screenplay format). Scripts must be submitted in standard screenplay format. Scripts MUST include a title page, but may NOT include the authors name. (we recommend

You should submit your script by email to Steven Pustay at his Malone email address (  All scripts must be delivered in PDF format. Again, with a title, but NO authorial name. Your submission email should include: Your name, phone number and script title.

Deadlines are good things! Nothing like the pressure of a deadline to provide that lift to the discipline of banging on those keys and getting it done!  All scripts must be emailed on or before Tuesday, November 11th to be considered for the award.

Malone Alumni Featured Guests at Canton Film Festival

2007 Malone University Graduates and Open Film filmmakers Jake and Erin Brown Thomas are returning to Canton as guests of the 2014Canton Film Festival.  The Canton Film festival is hosting  

a Q&A session with Erin and Jake on Friday, Oct. 3rd at 3:30 at the Palace Theater.

The couple will share their thoughts on directing, producing, scriptwriting and the creative and competitive business of filmmaking.  Their most recent collaboration, Hotwire the Movie (, directed by Erin written by Jake is doing well on the festival circuit.

Both Jake and Erin are listed on IMDB and your can find their complete filmography here.  Erin ( and Jake (

Jake and Erin have also served as jury members for the Open Frame Film Festival, most recently in 2014.  Both describe their involvement with the Open Frame Film Festival while students at Malone as influencing their desire to work in the industry and as helping them build their filmmaking skill sets.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pictures From the 2014 Open Frame

Enjoy some of the pictures from the 2014 Open Frame.

Best Actor Alec Roshek

Best ScreenPlay Emily Morgan - Rebound

Dave Carmany - Best Director, Best Film - Rebound

Best Contribution Non-Malone Student - Ed Meunier - Rocket Man

Elizabeth Finley - Best Actress - Rebound

The Crew - The Lonely Road - Best Film

Phillip Palmer - Best Editor

The Crew - Rebound - Best Film & Audience Award

Vivo Memoria - Director Jon Delker and Lead Actor Alec Roshek

Trish Landis & Hannah Morgan  - Best Supporting Actresses - Rebound

Akash Negi & Brandon Magers - When Tomorrow is Behind Us

Congratulations to Open Frame 2014 Winners!

Here's the list of award winners for the 2014 Open Frame film festival.  Congratulations to these individuals and their teams.  More than 300 people attended the event and watched the 13 student films.  Thanks to everyone who contributed, participated, volunteered and attended this year's Open Frame.

Best Sound Design
* Brandon Magers - When Tomorrow is Behind Us *

Best Screen Play
* Emily Morgan - Rebound *

Best Cinematography
* Kyle Bartzsch - Addiction *

Best Editing
* Phillip Palmer - Perfection : 60 People 60 Seconds *

Best Contribution Non-Malone Student
* Ed Meunier - Rocket Man *

Best Supporting Actor
* Nate Netti - Rebound *

Best Supporting Actress
* Hannah Morgan, Trisha Landis - Rebound *

Best Actor
* Alec Roshek - Vivo Memoria *

Best Actress
* Elizabeth Finley - Rebound *

Best Director
* David Carmany - Rebound *

Best Film - Tie!
* The Lonely Road & Rebound *

Audience Award
* Rebound *

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Submission Guidelines Open Frame 2014

For all of who have been busy writing, shooting, editing, scoring, publishing ... good news it's almost over ... It wouldn't hurt to take one final look at some of the guidelines (submission information).

Here's the details for film submission to the Open Frame 2014.

Submission Deadline : On or Before Tuesday, March 25th 6pm.

Submission Format : On cd, memory stick, hard drive, optical media or any other delivery device an H264 or ProRes version of your film.  All media will be transferred to BluRay for projection at the theater so we would like the highest quality/resolution film that you can submit.

To include with your Submission : A word document that includes : The Title of Your Film, Your Name, Your email, A contact phone number, A Complete List of all Crew and Actors eligible for Jury Awards (Director, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor, Composers or Musical Artists (for any original music) Lead Actors/Actresses , Supporting Actors/Actresses and any other position or person that you would like the jury to consider).

Artist Statement : On or Before Friday, March 28th 12:00 noon. A word document that includes your artist statement and a screen capture or still image that is representative of your film.  You can look at sample artist statements from last year's Open Frame here : 2013 Artist Statement Samples

If you have questions or need help with delivery of your film please contact me at your earliest convenience (330 904-2552 or  My schedule for Tuesday the 25th appears below.  Looking forward to seeing your films and sharing them with our guests.

Steve Pustay

Schedule for Tuesday, March 15th.

9:30 am - 12:30 pm   In My Office Founder's Hall (FH-108)
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm   Convergence Media Class (CL 46)
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm  Editing Class (CL46)
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm   In My Office Founder's Hall (FH-108)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Film Grants Now Available

If you are looking for some assistance in getting your film produced we want you to be aware that you can now apply for a grant of up to $150.

The details are listed in the link to Open Frame Film Grants on the right sidebar of the Open Frame Blog.