frog catcher

2018

Director Reina Higashitani

Cinematographer Hatti Beanland

Production Designer Hakan Yoruk

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In 1876 San Francisco, when the law prohibits women from wearing trousers, a frog catcher known as a "man-woman" develops a mutual attraction with the wife of a powerful businessman. Based on a true story.

 

As an adult, Bonnet was arrested dozens of times for wearing male clothing, an illegal act that got him frequently mentioned in the press. Bonnet “cursed the day she was born a female instead of a male,” according to newspaper accounts. He was quoted as declaring, “The police might arrest me as often as they wish—I will never discard male attire as long as I live.”

Shot in an existing location, Santa Clarita Historical Society, the film required several modifications within existing architecture. Molding details, wallpapers and new paint treatments were added to the existing ranch house to recreate a French restaurant from late 19th century.


In terms of color, the main inspiration was the strong color palette of Northern California terrain: greens, yellows and blues. As almost half of the film is set in a marsh, the the integrity was crucial for the entire film.

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