Frame of Mind is creating 100 personal appraisals of 100 films (video essays)
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Hi!  Our names are Joey Swift and Britt Michael Gordon and together we created this project called Frame of Mind



We met at Florida State University studying theatre and quickly became best friends.  We bonded over many things, but the thing that truly solidified our fondness for one another was our mutual love of cinema. 



During college, we often played what we called the "YouTube game."  One of us would pick a cinematic category for which the other would provide an appropriate video clip from YouTube.  For example, one of us might say, "Give me... an excellent MGM musical number!"  Or perhaps, "Give me....... a great comedic moment delivered by a performer typically known for their dramatic prowess."  Goofy stuff like that, right?  It's a great game to play with your fellow film nerd friends accompanied by your favorite social lubricant.  Don't sell us short though!  We didn't spend the entirety of our four years at FSU slumped next to one another on a sofa in front of a computer screen with the YouTubes at the ready.  We definitely took advantage of everything that a great city like Tallahassee could offer two venturesome, undergraduate, red-blooded youths such as ourselves.  However, no matter how we occupied our free time in that ever-enchanting Floridian state capital, at the end of the evening, our exhausted spirits were never too depleted that we couldn't spend but a few final moments on the sofa with YouTube pulled up so that one of us might utter to the other, "Pick a category."  

Upon graduating in 2014, we each ventured off to different areas of the country to pursue careers in acting.  But we never lost touch.

 

Although we've spent the majority of our postgraduate lives separated from one another, rare is the day we don't text each other and seldom do our sporadic phone calls last less than two hours.  Despite the geographic divide, our friendship only seems to strengthen as time goes by.  We've mulled over quite a broad range of topics during the course of this long-distance bromance of ours, but our conversations almost always come back around to cinema. 

In early 2016, we got on a kick of comparing Top 10 lists over text: Top 10 Gangster Films; Top 10 Romantic Comedies; Top 10 Fantasy Films.  Then came the Big Kahuna... Two lists... Each of our Favorite 50 Movies...



Although our tastes in movies tend to overlap, surprisingly there were only a handful a films that made both of our lists.  After sorting through our duplicates and adding a few more individual choices, we rounded out each of our lists to an even 50 making a combined list of 100 movies that we collectively loved and admired.  Mind you, all this effort was simply a means of nerding-out together like we used to in college.  

Then the thought occurred to do something creative with our list...



And thus, Frame of Mind was born... just two well-meaning idiots in love with film and bromantically in love with each other creating 100 Personal Appraisals of 100 Films!



In the spirit of the "Youtube Game"  from our college days, much like "picking a category," we trade off assigning each other which movie to write about.  In other words, each time we decide to make a new video, the assigner will pick a film from the assignee's personal movie list (their original 50) and the assignee provides his personal take on said film for the video.  So this little experiment we call Frame of Mind has really just become our way of preserving our personal rituals as best friends through creativity even when separated by great distances.  



And much like the "YouTube Game," Frame of Mind is quite freeform in nature.  We really don't have much of premise beyond two best friends trading off talking about movies they love.  This allows us to try anything we want, using whatever form we feel fits the material.  

By adopting on this experimental attitude, we've been able to explore a myriad of cinematic subjects: from the evolving aesthetics of a iconic character;

The Dark Knight (2008), the Superhero Reaches New Heights


To the aesthetics of gorgeous photographic process; 

The Apartment (1960), and the Beauty of Anamorphic Black and White


To the achievements of a single film within the grander context of its given genre; 


Chicago (2002), and the Razzle Dazzle of Movie Musicals


To the understated significance of a single film within a filmmakers body of work...

Italianamerican (1974), "Ultimately the Most Extraordinary Thing in a Frame is a Human Being"


The analyses you hear in these videos are not unlike the conversations we have in life.  We often contextualize current events or significant moments in our personal lives in terms of film.  In this way, Frame of Mind is an extension of our friendship which we've decided to share with all of you! 



As a team, we'd like our project to grow even more personal.  We'd like to continue to create the most thought provoking material possible for our viewers and produce more work in general.  A lot of time and effort goes into creating these videos; but unfortunately, for two young actors managing careers, taking classes, and working survival jobs when we're not performing, there's often not enough time to release content on a consistent basis.  The idea behind this Patreon page is to mitigate the survival aspect of our daily lives in order to devote more time and energy to Frame of Mind 

We're very committed to this project - after all 100 films is a lot to cover - but, more over, we'd love for Frame of Mind to become a community for film lovers and perhaps an avenue towards filmmaking.  Our project is a source of inspiration for us and we hope it becomes a source of inspiration for you.  In order to expand our work and our community, we need your help.  Explore the rest of our page to learn how to contribute!  With every new pledge, we'll be able to come up with more ways to reward our patrons and grant exclusive access to more Frame of Mind material.

We deeply appreciate your support - Thank you so, so much! - and we promise to continue working to earn your support. 

Yours truly, 
Joey Swift & Britt Michael Gordon

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMBtrU6E-cdPMXeUm...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrameOfMindFlix/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrameOfMindFlix
[email protected]

Tiers
The "Jessica Lange"
$1 or more per creation
View content exclusive to our Patron stream including EARLY ACCESS to all future videos up to a week in advance!
The "Cate Blanchett"
$5 or more per creation
All the perks of our $1 reward PLUS get a SPECIAL THANKS shout out in the credits of each of our videos after (and for as long as) you pledge! 
Goals
$1 of $200 per creation
By reaching this goal, every month we could each feasibly take 1 day off from our normal survival jobs to specifically work on Frame of Mind material.
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Hi!  Our names are Joey Swift and Britt Michael Gordon and together we created this project called Frame of Mind



We met at Florida State University studying theatre and quickly became best friends.  We bonded over many things, but the thing that truly solidified our fondness for one another was our mutual love of cinema. 



During college, we often played what we called the "YouTube game."  One of us would pick a cinematic category for which the other would provide an appropriate video clip from YouTube.  For example, one of us might say, "Give me... an excellent MGM musical number!"  Or perhaps, "Give me....... a great comedic moment delivered by a performer typically known for their dramatic prowess."  Goofy stuff like that, right?  It's a great game to play with your fellow film nerd friends accompanied by your favorite social lubricant.  Don't sell us short though!  We didn't spend the entirety of our four years at FSU slumped next to one another on a sofa in front of a computer screen with the YouTubes at the ready.  We definitely took advantage of everything that a great city like Tallahassee could offer two venturesome, undergraduate, red-blooded youths such as ourselves.  However, no matter how we occupied our free time in that ever-enchanting Floridian state capital, at the end of the evening, our exhausted spirits were never too depleted that we couldn't spend but a few final moments on the sofa with YouTube pulled up so that one of us might utter to the other, "Pick a category."  

Upon graduating in 2014, we each ventured off to different areas of the country to pursue careers in acting.  But we never lost touch.

 

Although we've spent the majority of our postgraduate lives separated from one another, rare is the day we don't text each other and seldom do our sporadic phone calls last less than two hours.  Despite the geographic divide, our friendship only seems to strengthen as time goes by.  We've mulled over quite a broad range of topics during the course of this long-distance bromance of ours, but our conversations almost always come back around to cinema. 

In early 2016, we got on a kick of comparing Top 10 lists over text: Top 10 Gangster Films; Top 10 Romantic Comedies; Top 10 Fantasy Films.  Then came the Big Kahuna... Two lists... Each of our Favorite 50 Movies...



Although our tastes in movies tend to overlap, surprisingly there were only a handful a films that made both of our lists.  After sorting through our duplicates and adding a few more individual choices, we rounded out each of our lists to an even 50 making a combined list of 100 movies that we collectively loved and admired.  Mind you, all this effort was simply a means of nerding-out together like we used to in college.  

Then the thought occurred to do something creative with our list...



And thus, Frame of Mind was born... just two well-meaning idiots in love with film and bromantically in love with each other creating 100 Personal Appraisals of 100 Films!



In the spirit of the "Youtube Game"  from our college days, much like "picking a category," we trade off assigning each other which movie to write about.  In other words, each time we decide to make a new video, the assigner will pick a film from the assignee's personal movie list (their original 50) and the assignee provides his personal take on said film for the video.  So this little experiment we call Frame of Mind has really just become our way of preserving our personal rituals as best friends through creativity even when separated by great distances.  



And much like the "YouTube Game," Frame of Mind is quite freeform in nature.  We really don't have much of premise beyond two best friends trading off talking about movies they love.  This allows us to try anything we want, using whatever form we feel fits the material.  

By adopting on this experimental attitude, we've been able to explore a myriad of cinematic subjects: from the evolving aesthetics of a iconic character;

The Dark Knight (2008), the Superhero Reaches New Heights


To the aesthetics of gorgeous photographic process; 

The Apartment (1960), and the Beauty of Anamorphic Black and White


To the achievements of a single film within the grander context of its given genre; 


Chicago (2002), and the Razzle Dazzle of Movie Musicals


To the understated significance of a single film within a filmmakers body of work...

Italianamerican (1974), "Ultimately the Most Extraordinary Thing in a Frame is a Human Being"


The analyses you hear in these videos are not unlike the conversations we have in life.  We often contextualize current events or significant moments in our personal lives in terms of film.  In this way, Frame of Mind is an extension of our friendship which we've decided to share with all of you! 



As a team, we'd like our project to grow even more personal.  We'd like to continue to create the most thought provoking material possible for our viewers and produce more work in general.  A lot of time and effort goes into creating these videos; but unfortunately, for two young actors managing careers, taking classes, and working survival jobs when we're not performing, there's often not enough time to release content on a consistent basis.  The idea behind this Patreon page is to mitigate the survival aspect of our daily lives in order to devote more time and energy to Frame of Mind 

We're very committed to this project - after all 100 films is a lot to cover - but, more over, we'd love for Frame of Mind to become a community for film lovers and perhaps an avenue towards filmmaking.  Our project is a source of inspiration for us and we hope it becomes a source of inspiration for you.  In order to expand our work and our community, we need your help.  Explore the rest of our page to learn how to contribute!  With every new pledge, we'll be able to come up with more ways to reward our patrons and grant exclusive access to more Frame of Mind material.

We deeply appreciate your support - Thank you so, so much! - and we promise to continue working to earn your support. 

Yours truly, 
Joey Swift & Britt Michael Gordon

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMBtrU6E-cdPMXeUm...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrameOfMindFlix/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrameOfMindFlix
[email protected]

Recent posts by Frame of Mind

Tiers
The "Jessica Lange"
$1 or more per creation
View content exclusive to our Patron stream including EARLY ACCESS to all future videos up to a week in advance!
The "Cate Blanchett"
$5 or more per creation
All the perks of our $1 reward PLUS get a SPECIAL THANKS shout out in the credits of each of our videos after (and for as long as) you pledge!