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Film Techniques–Land of the Nerds

Thank you Land of the Nerds for this cast/crew interview.

“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.

As an actor, the most difficult scene for Matt was sitting under the sheets, waiting to film the reanimation sequence. “I didn’t want it to look like a cartoon.” He had not seen a lot of Frankenstein films, other than Young Frankenstein, which was a different style from this film. He had no preconceived notions of how to be the monster, to act like other versions. The apparatus that made the steam was not uncomfortable; it attached down a tube to a flask of dry ice.

What we learned from this interview and panel was that props for films can be made cheaply and effectively if you know where to look and who to ask. You don’t need a super fancy video camera, a really nice camera with video capacity can do wonders, and microphones can be made inexpensively.

We also learned that the cast of Frankenstein’s Monster is passionate about the project, and that passion can be seen in the film. I urge anyone who gets the chance to watch this film to do so.”


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Shout out from Houston Press

“There’ll also be a screening of Judith B. Shields’s steampunk reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. “How we are making the film unique is a light steampunk twist: What if instead of electricity, Victor Frankenstein reanimated the monster by steam?” said Shields. “Victor Frankenstein was known for studying all sciences, so it is not too far of a leap to have him experiment with steam. Our monster actually smokes.”

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Frankenstein’s Monster – An Indie Steampunk Film–A fantastic interview of Judith B. Shields by Author and Blogger Maeve Alpin as They Ride on an Airship Discussing the Project and Steampunk

“Our Steampunk is expressed through the art—for starters we used a lot of STEAM! The monster is Steam-powered. He smokes! It is simple. Steampunk is expressed in the camera angle choices. The finished look of the film has a darkened edge and is slightly desaturated—to remind the audience of an old photograph.  Word choices in the script, Edwardian costumes, unique props built by those in our Texas Steampunk community. This is our Steampunk.”

To read more of this great interview, please go here:

Frankenstein\’s Monster – An Indie Steampunk Film.

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Judith B. Shields’ Interview with Indie-Loop

A closer look at microbudget filmmaking.

IL: You are one of the special guest panelists at this year’s Comicpalooza (2013) discussing how to make an independent film on a budget. Great topic since many indie-artists/film makers struggle with the financial aspect in launching their projects. What advice can you give indie-artists dealing with this dilemma?”

To read Shields’ answer, please read the rest of this great interview at


“Houston-area based filmmaker Judith B. Shields is working on a movie with a Steampunk theme. She thinks the IBM forecast is a little early, but is banking on the general public catching on. Still, that won’t take away from the core fans.

“People like to create, that’s part of the attraction,” Sheilds says.”

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