April 21, 2004
film full of karate action
film lights up the screen with special effects.
After a semester of hard work, Steven Lee and Chris St.
Pierre have finally finished their action packed film,
Dealing with Deception which premiered Friday.
Lee, a junior electrical engineering major, used several
engineering tricks to direct, produce and edit the hour-long
action film along with his friend, St. Pierre, a senior
The two are partners in a production company, whose name
changes with every movie based on the cost of the film.
58 Dollar Productions is currently the name of the company
in light of the $58 budget for Dealing with Deception.
Lee began making movies in the spring of 2002, but Dealing
with Deception is his longest to date. Besides doing
all the behind the scenes work for the film, Lee and St.
Pierre acted as enemies in the film and used two distinctly
different fighting styles in the action-packed scenes.
Angela Luevano, a senior radio-TV-film major, was an actress
in the film. She helped operate the camera, gave input
on post production and helped with the story line and
script, she said.
Dealing with Deception, has improved from
Lees past projects with the help of St. Pierre,
editing software and a higher quality of work, Lee said.
St. Pierre was doing several projects for the radio-TV-film
department when he discovered post production, especially
editing, was his true love. He had been doing mostly dramas
when he teamed up with Lee to make the action film.
St. Pierre said he appreciated Lees type of aesthetic
quality for the fight scenes and was excited to work in
a new genre of films.
Luevano said post production is very rewarding, and working
on this film was different than the projects she and St.
Pierre had worked on in the radio-TV-film department.
Lee and St. Pierre finished filming this semester and
began the extensive editing process when St. Pierre incorporated
footage he shot in New York and added special effects
to some of the fight scenes.
With editing you get to create a world that doesnt
exist and manipulate the audience in a good way,
St. Pierre said.
For the film, Lee and St. Pierre were able to import the
project into an editing program and experiment with effects
they werent able to before, St. Pierre said.
We imported some of the images into an editing program
and were able to create a flash which allowed a bullet
to reflect off of a pillar to create a gunfire ricochet,
St. Pierre said. Students will be able to buy Dealing
with Deception on DVD next semester with special
features and out takes.