STEPS - SHORT FILM

Steps is a short visual drama written and directed by Brendan McCallion. Made in collaboration with the National Film School at IADT, the film was shot on Super 16mm, and was part of Brendan’s studies in the lead up to his final year at the college.

Steps was shot on location in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

The cast and crew of  Steps  victorious atop the Sugarloaf mountain, Co. Wicklow. Photo taken by J.P Quill.

The cast and crew of Steps victorious atop the Sugarloaf mountain, Co. Wicklow. Photo taken by J.P Quill.

Credits

Director: Brendan McCallion

Writer: Brendan McCallion

Producer: Frank O’Malley

Director of Photography: Tom Simington

1st AC: J.P Quill

2nd AC: Eamon Hughes

1st Assistant Director: Emma Casey

Grips: Robin J. Kavanagh & Ivan Moloney

Production Designer: Rob Lee

Starring: Clive Jeffers, Georgia Doorley, Peter Broderick, Johnny French & Elga Fox.

Tech Specs

Camera: Arriflex SR3

Film: FujiFilm 160t Vivid, Super 16mm

Lenses: Zeiss 12-120mm T2.4

The Arri SR3 used on the shoot. It is loaded with Fuji 160t Vivid, 16mm film. Photo taken by J.P Quill.

The Arri SR3 used on the shoot. It is loaded with Fuji 160t Vivid, 16mm film. Photo taken by J.P Quill.

Director Notes

Steps was inspired by my late grandmother, and the story of Tír na nÓg (Land of Youth). I wanted to pay homage to her for leaving her own mark on the world, and her stories about old Ireland always inspired me growing up. Old Ireland is represented in the character of Oisin; the landscape hasn’t changed, but the people have. He is surrounded by youth, and appears out of place.

The opportunity to shoot on film was something I’d always wanted to do since I started in IADT. It was a tough learning experience though, as we only had 2 rolls of film to shoot the full film. As a director, I had to make extra sure that I communicated everything across to my actors, as we wouldn’t have many chances to correct any mistakes encountered. It was a welcome challenge, and taught me a lot.

My biggest worry was the well being of the crew and cast on the way up the Sugar Loaf mountain. Myself and my producer were constantly making sure we had every scenario planned for, but everyone really toughed it out on the way up and at the top. I was so proud of everyone’s dedication, and the camera crews focus while shooting on 16mm film was immense. It was bitterly cold, treacherous, but the feeling of satisfaction when “that’s a wrap on Steps” was called, is something I’ll never forget.