On December 11th, 2014 Kat Brady (Director/Co-Writer/Editor), Josh Brady (Producer/Co-Writer), and Shelby Halberg (Director of Photography) pitched the script for The Big Frozen Gumshoe as part of the Student Feature Film Initiative for Palm Beach State College’s Film Department. The winning team gets to independently produce their script and the college provides them with equipment as well as guidance from the professional staff. Their project was selected and production was officially underway.
On February 2nd, 2015 they launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production. As recent graduates, they needed a way to cover expenses for things such as costumes, props, food, and insurance.
Thousands of creative projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If a project falls short of their funding goal by the deadline, it’s over.
Thanks to all of their friends, family and fans, they were successfully funded on March 6th having raised over $6,000.
Between January through May 2015, the crew prepared for production with cast rehearsals, prop building, costuming fittings, storyboarding, lighting plans, script re-writes, and all manner of busy pre-production activities.
The entire 15+ crew consisted of then current students and graduates of the PBSC film program. Fellow students worked in front of the camera along side an entire cast of professional, local actors many of whom studied at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre.
The Big Frozen Gumshoe began production on May 11th and was filmed on location all across Palm Beach County, Florida. From downtown Delray Beach to the Lake Park Town Hall, the cast and crew filmed at over 10+ unique businesses, parks, and city streets. After 26 days of production they wrapped on July 10th.
Director Brady edited the 78 minute long film including all sound editing and mixing using Adobe Creative Cloud software. The original score was crafted by composer Andrew Aycoth, a West Virginia University alumni. The numerous visual effects were created by visual effects artist Katy Lee.
The Big Frozen Gumshoe was officially completed in June 2018.
The streaming premiere went live on April 11th 2020 on YouTube. The film has screen at film festival across Central, South and West Florida.