Countryside of New Albany, Ohio

Two Symbols : Study Notes for a Symbolic Diorama John Fraim 10/19/23 Rick Sowash / “Lullaby for Kara” from Sanctuary at 3 am (My friend Rick is an Ohio composer) _______________________________ The old and new symbols of America are represented in Central Ohio. The old symbol is the Ohio countryside of farms. The new symbol […]

Professor Galaxy

The First Dealership / Pasadena Alice Coltrane / Translinear Light _______________________________ The Diorama Muse Putting her to Bed for Awhile Or not? John Fraim I’ve just completed organizing and documenting chronologically the nine months of great creativity I went through from January to September 2018. I call it the return of the model making muse […]

The Diorama Muse

Encounters With Her (From 1/17/18 to 9/12/18) John Fraim The dioramas in the above film were created during this period of time. And then they stopped so that this time could be defined as a period of time. Giving way to a new period of time in one’s life. For artists, it is usually a […]

Walt’s Orchids

Alice Coltrane / From the Album Translinear Light (2004) _____________________________________ Yesterday, we had the funeral for my father-in-law Walter M. Sharp. I was honored to write the obituary for this incredible man. One of the many passions in Walt’s life was growing Orchids and there were a number of orchids at the visitation. God often […]

A Biographical Diorama

Artie Shaw / Star Dust (1940) _________________________________________ My father-in-law – Walter Sharp – passed away on February 8, 2023 at the age of 93. There is a service for him on February 17th. Walter was born in 1929 just a few weeks after the great stock market crash. He was an amazing person. Among other […]

The Symbolism of Hopper’s “New York Movie”

Glenn Miller & His Orchestra / “In the Mood” / 1939 ____________________________ John Fraim Writing in the 2/23/23 issue of The New York Review of Books, Christopher Benfey (Mellon Professor of English Emeritus at Mount Holyoke) observes about the artist Edward Hopper, words that have come to dominate, and increasingly suffocate, our experience of Hopper’s paintings are “alienation, loneliness, voyeurism and the […]


Doing some dioramas based around cliches. A cliché is a phrase or expression that has been used so often that it has become trite or unoriginal. Clichés are often used in literature, speech, and other forms of communication as a way to convey a common idea or sentiment quickly and easily, but they can also […]

The Green Light

Rhapsody in Blue / George Gershwin ___________________________ (From the last page of The Great Gatsby) Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until […]

Amaryllis Bulb

Fooling around on this little desk set of studio lights with the main Hollywood light modifiers in color filers and objects in front of cinema lighting like snoots, and soft lighting. Great little set of three lights and the modifiers for only 100. Anyway, took a shot of an Amaryllis Bulb that grows in the […]

North by Northwest

Meeting on the train Overture from North by Northwest ____________________________________________________ North by Northwest A Unique Narrative Perspectives for Screenplays John Fraim In screenwriting professor Paul Gulino’s 2004 book Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach, written much to carry on the screenwriting ideas and theories of his mentor Frank Daniel at the USC Film School (at the time). One […]