We’ll be screening the abridged version of Frankenstein’s Monster (86 minutes). It is wonderful to screen in our hometown! Q & A after bpth screenings. Saturday will have a few words from filmmaker Judith B. Shields. Sunday the film will be introduced by the film’s technical director Christopher Lowe (designed special effects and steampunk laboratory) as well as our co-editor and documentarist Peter Kovic.
Saturday May 24th
Theatre Room 362 (3rd floor)
Sunday May 25th
Theatre Room 362 (3rd floor)
Congratulations to Dustin Sturgill (Victor Frankenstein) and Tim Ashby (Clerval) for their nominations for C47 Houston Best Actor! Along with Matt Risoldi, this makes three nominations for the award. Best wishes gentlemen!
Victor Frankenstein (Dustin Sturgill) and Clerval (played by Tim Ashby)
Clerval and Victor go to the Frankenstein house
Dustin Sturgill as Victor Frankenstein works on body
Victor Frankenstein played by Dustin Sturgill
Victor and Clerval in lab
Optional steampunk costume that was chosen not to be used in the film. Dustin Sturgill as Victor Frankenstein
Dustin Sturgill (Victor Frankenstein) Works in lab
Trailer 4 for Frankenstein’s Monster (2013) is a short length trailer which emphasizes the Monster’s character. Original music by Ryan Cockerham.
We have many things to celebrate this week. First up, our facebook page has received 500 Likes. In addition to our newsletter, we have connected with people from Canada, USA, and the UK.
We will be screened:
March 29, 2014 in Denver, COLORADO Anomaly Con there is a screening planned for Saturday afternoon in the media room at 1:00pm
And also there will be FOUR screenings in Louisville, Kentucky during April 11-13, 2014
Conglomeration Tenative Programming Grid:
April 19, 2014 the film is returning to Minnesota:
Bloomington, MN MiniCon 49 at the The DoubleTree Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55439. Screening only. 4:00pm-6:00pm
Ryan Cockerham (Composer) and Peter Kovic (co-editor and documentarist) screened Frankenstein’s Monster at All-Con in Dallas on March 15th, 2014. Thank you everyone who went.
Judith B. Shields spoke at Gulf Coast Mensa in Houston about microbudget filmmaking the day before. Thank you GCM for making us feel welcomed.
Matt Risoldi tackled the role of the monster. His interpretation of Mary Shelley’s character brings the monster “to life” by connecting with the audience. He provides a compassionate character who later falls from innocence.
From “Land of the Nerds”: http://landofnerds.com/2013/12/28/steampunkfrankensteinsmonster/
<<What I really liked about the film was how actor Matt Risoldi portrayed the Monster. Instead of Electrodes, he had a steam apparatus attached to his neck, releasing steam in bursts as he talked and moved. Risoldi towers over the rest of the cast. He emotes well, and is quite believable as the Monster. The Monster is sympathetic, even to his creator for a moment. He screams, he rants, he rails, it is the Monster, not the Mad Scientist, who admits that he “IS ALIVE!!!!”>>
I couldn’t have written that better.I will also make note of Matt Risoldi’s co-star, Dustin Sturgill and supporting cast member, Tim Ashby. Sturgill was an anchor for the entire film. His excellent line memorization provided stability especially since his lines consisted of nearly half of the script. Sturgill’s Frankenstein was perfectly selfish and obsessed. Tim Ashby played Clerval, Frankenstein’s best friend and provided light comedic relief as well as sympathy for everyone influenced by Frankenstein’s decisions.The entire cast worked well together and were top notch professionals. It is not easy to accomplish a microbudget film in 14 days with little time for practice.
A quick announcement for those in the Houston-Galveston area. Frankenstein’s Monster will be screening at Twisted Gears at the University of Houston in the EE. Oberholtzer Residence Hall Saturday, March 1st at 6:30pm in room 3B. We will be having a mini-panel afterwards.
Twisted Gears is run by University of Houston Steampunk Association which focuses on steampunk. From their site:
“Twisted Gears is a one day mini convention for both Steampunkers and anyone new or is interested in the world of Steampunk. There will be many workshops and panels such as “A Gentleman’s Duel,” where one can learn the official rules of said duels during the era, and “Cane Martial Arts” such as the one shown in the Sherlock Holmes movie. Plus, by registering, either pre-reg or at the door, you are able to enter the night giveaway where some neat prizes awaits. And speaking of night, the day comes to an end with a nice dance for any ladies or gents to dance, mingle, and socialize.”
A Dream Production is another local film company scheduled to attend. Other guests include the Airship Dionysus and DJ Silver Wolfe to name a few.
Thank you so much Rosecity Steampunk Film Festival! We are honored to have been part of your festival lineup!
Oregon is one of the key places in the US that supports steampunk arts, culture and technology. This festival is an important part of continuing that endeavor.
One of my favorite things about the convention circuit is participating in panels. I enjoy speaking about filmmaking, steampunk, literature, and screenwriting. SpaceCityCon’s panel is up there on my list. It was my pleasure to join Matt Risoldi (monster), Christopher Lowe (tech. dir, props), J’Nean Henderson (costumes), and Peter Kovic (co-editor, documentarist) to talk about the challenges of microbudget filmmaking. One of the things I love about our larger panels is that we share our tools and tricks we used for making a film. -Judith B. Shields
From Land of Nerds:
“Christopher recommends that to build props for a low-budget film you need to find someone who can take a look at random bits of things found in a hardware store. Just a little imagination and a few bits of scrap can go a long way to building some amazing props.”
To read the rest of the article, please go to their great page:
Moon Sedai wrote a wonderful review of Frankenstein’s Monster. In praise of the film she wrote:
“The focus of this film is, at the heart, the story, not the blood, gore, and tech. The film is beautifully done despite the low budget.”
Strong words of praise were also given to Matt Risoldi (Monster) and the cinematography(Slava Vlad). But we won’t spoil that here.
If you’d like to read the whole article, please check it out HERE. Also be sure to look at the rest of their great website which covers everything science fiction and fun!