By Jerry Del Priore
In a modern culture obsessed with the internet, film director and writer Marc Martínez Jordán sets out to make a movie to see just how far people will go to gain incredulous infamy and notary.
Using a livestreaming app, people can film and watch whatever is posted, breeding potential human-made catastrophes worldwide.
Thus, the plot: Alex meets his friends on his farewell night party before leaving for Berlin, Germany. But the group of partygoers encounter a faction of terror mongers hell-bent on causing pain and torment, all while livestreaming the brutal mayhem.
Jerry Del Priore sat down with Martinez to discuss the making of the film and other nuances of his movie making career.
How many other projects have you written and directed?
For now, two short films (Timothy and Horseface) and FRAMED, my first feature.
Where did you attend school?
I attended ESCAC; it’s a school of cinema located in Terrassa (Spain). Nice place if you like cinema and you want to learn all the complexity of filming a short.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Calella, a town “near” Barcelona (Spain). Calella, it’s a small coast city, perfect place if you and old person and have interest in retiring and dying in a peaceful place. Nowadays, I still living there. I prefer the calm of this place than the continuous noise of a big city.
How old are you?
Haha. 28 years old but I look like I am 40.
Where did you come up with the idea for the movie “Framed?”
In 2015, approximately. I was interested in writing a story about new technologies and how nowadays it’s changing human behavior. I thought that if I apply that idea in a genre film (in this case, a slasher), it would help me to take the concept of wrong use of new technologies into a new level where I will have the freedom to add all kinds of crazy and creepy ideas in the story plot.
Your special effects were very professionally done, and realistic. How were able to accomplish that on an independent budget?
For the special effects, we had in our crew of David Chapanoff and Laura Lorenzo. David was more focused in making all the protesic stuff, like the chopped arm and the neck bite. Laura used her talents to recreate the blood splashing in the best realistic way. All of us did a great job during the shooting!
I believe that in a low budget film, it’s super important to know what FX you’re able to show and what is the most efficient way to do it. It’s not the same to make a radial saw chopping an arm than hearing the sound of a radial saw, and then see in the shoot an arm chopped and falling to the ground. I know it’s kind of basic stuff, but all these details are important because, if FX feels fake at any point of the movie, the audience will notice that, and it will take them out of the story. To accomplish good FX, it’s necessary to work the storyboard of bloody scenes together with FX department, deciding what can be done, how much and we “show” etc…
Was the reaction to the killers in the movie by the public a commentary on the state of the internet and today’s society?
Probably Framed is not the best movie to extract a serious vision of internet’s society nowadays. However, I’m convinced modern society is actually on a stage of evolution where virality is making deep changes in what we understand about our own ethics and morality as human beings.
Framed, it’s just a crazy and not serious representation of the dead of human moral. Raising as a worldwide hero, a psychopath killer obsessed with internet and the virality? Maybe doesn’t happened yet, but it will.
Several parts of the film are gory and depraved (Great job!). Have you been called any creative names for the way the gory scenes came out?
Yeah, of course. My two references in the design of gory scenes in Framed are the Evil Dead movies (the remake directed by Fede Alvarez) and the Purge (directed by James DeMonaco).
Fede is an incredibly talented director, with the great capacity of finding the best shot possible. James has the ability of showing violence without showing it in the shot.
How did you go about casting the movie? The acting was very good.
Alex Maruny (one of the leading roles in the movie) and me worked together in the configuration of the casting. Alex knows a lot of talented actors who maybe haven’t had the chance yet to play an important role in a feature. So, we decided to give a chance to them. I’m so happy with the casting and how professional all actors had been during the shooting.
Do you think this is your best work to date?
Every work I’ve done is important because it brings me the experience and knowledge to work on my next project. My two short films are important in the way it made me feel and encouraged to debut a long feature film.
I believe more in doing my best work in every shooting than comparing my filmography to decide what is best. However, I’m sure Framed is going to be my most acknowledged work, without a doubt (I hope).
What other projects are you working on?
Expecting to film something this year, but who knows?