Frankenstein’s Monster (Drama)
A steampunk film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.
In his obsession over the Prometheus’ flame, Victor Frankenstein abandons those he loves to create a living being. Leaving behind his abominable work, Victor hopes to escape judgment and return to a peaceful life. He soon discovers all secrets have their price.
For the price-tag of a motorcycle, in 14 days First Step Cinematics shot this 87 minute film (extended edition screened only at the conventions was 114 minutes in length). We used DSLR cameras with manual focus and filmed in 1080p & 24 frames per second. From the first keystroke from our writer to the final post-production date, Frankenstein’s Monster total project time is 1 year and 1 month.
Our community hails from New York, California, Texas, Siberia, Spain and Italy.
The entire film was shot in 12 unique locations within south-east Texas, including 8 historical landmarks. J’Nean Henderson (the Victorian Lady) is the costumer and supplier for the majority of scenes. The steampunk accessories were made by two individuals knowledgeable with steampunk craft and art. Christopher Lowe, our technical director, designed and built our lab set inspired by Edwardian technology and apothecaries.
A touch of the morbid: Sheets from an actual mortuary were used in this production. The tree where one character is hanged is an actual “Hanging Tree” where criminals in Texas would be executed. In scene 35, the crew kept the original ghost bells hanging above the stairwell.
Film is available here.