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.
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.
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!
At SpaceCityCon in Moody Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas First Step Cinematics will be hosting two events. The first is a microbudget filmmaking panel in which we will also discuss some of the historical locations we shot at.The second event is a free for SpaceCityCon ticketed attendees: a screening of our film, Frankenstein’s Monster.
Frankenstein’s Monster at Weird West Fest
I want to give a big thank you to those who braved the cold and got your gears to Giddings! Weird West Fest welcomed Frankenstein’s Monster and we were proud to be there. Mike McDermott (Captain), Travis Wayne Hamilton (Krempe) and Judith B. Shields (me–the screenwriter/filmmaker) were able to meet many folks there. A big shout out for Mike and Travis for making it from Houston. Preacher’s Powderworks and Projectiles who made our amazing steampunk lab goggles is one of the co-founders for the event.
About Weird West Fest–it is a Western and Steampunk 1 day festival. This was their first year and they made a difficult decision–to postpone the festival by a week. The original date had that icy conditions and made it unsafe to drive in the Texas Hill Country. While the new date was still chilly, at least it was safe for folks to travel.
I also had a wonderful paneling experience. I’ve been on many panels, from ApolloCon (Screenwriting) to Comicpalooza (Microbudget Filmmaking) to WorldCon (Steampunk), but I never had had a panel where we laughed so much. I was honored to both moderate and participate in the Art of Screenwriting panel with (from left to right) @Gary Clark (actor and screenwriter), and Ed Erdelac (screenwriter and author). That panel covered comparisons of book to screenplay writing tips, character vs. action based plots, personal stories with screenwriting, and how to get your work out there. The audience asked good questions as well.
Thank you everyone who made it out to Giddings!