Sunday Short Theatre – Freeze Frame (2019)

Short films don’t always have to be set to a plot or even make sense. Short film is a perfect vessel to experiment with new techniques like in this week’s Sunday Short Theatre.

Soetkin Verstegen‘s five minute short, Freeze Frame is wonderfully impressive  described as a  “miniature cinema inside an ice cube.”  or as the filmmaker told Short Of The Weekthe most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image.” One could say  the whole look of her film: the grainy, Black & white retro look is an homage to the early days of cinema.

The film seems to follow workers as they attempt to preserve, this also represents early films preservation and decay. Verstegen inspired by century old film negatives and off course the ‘freeze frame’ process.  Within the film you see an assembly of animal ice sculptures and puppetry as the workers work to stopping the ice melting.

It’s an delightful, nostalgic film and a intriguing insight into ice harvesting, all delivered in the stop animation process…


Freeze frame: the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image.
Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, it creates the illusion of stillness.

Identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside.

Source: This Is Colossal