Hawkinsian Productions are delighted to present our first public release, Meet Steve. These dedicated pages offer everything you never wanted to know about our remarkable little film.
With any luck the YouTube player embedded above has loaded nicely and enabled you to watch. However, just opposite this very column you'll see a couple of download options. But before you do this, be sure to read the piece below about the progress made by this no-budget digital gem.
The story so far...
Meet Steve was Ian's first attempt at a documentary. This particular Steve is the multi-talented eccentric, Steve Heap. Steve kindly agreed to take part and be interviewed. In December 2003, about 90 minutes of raw footage were committed to MiniDV in three short sessions.
Due to the demands of digital editing on PC, Ian had to invest another £300+ to upgrade his computer. He also had a whole new computer skill to learn, not to mention lighting and sound recording. By early March 2004, a working edit of what turned out to be 'Meet Steve' was left at Steve Heap's house. A couple of days and a phone call later and Ian had a final edit and Steve's permission to show the film wherever he liked.
As things turned out, 2004 became a great year for Meet Steve. The film has been downloaded hundreds of times online and the old Meet Steve website received traffic from all over the world. The film also opened other doors for Ian, with invitations to take part in other projects including Michael W. Dean's 'It/ll be Better Tomorrow'.
The cherry on top of the Meet Steve cake happened in November 2004 when Ian was invited to screen Meet Steve at Salford Film Festival. Meet Steve was publically screened twice, shortlisted for the final and came a close second in the Under £5000 category.
Meet Steve helped Ian develop the skills required to attempt bigger and better film projects. The most ambitious Hawkinsian project was completed in May 2008 - the full length documentary, My DDR T-Shirt.