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Meet Steve Hanneman of 1817 Film Studios in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Hanneman.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I moved out here from New York after teaching acting at the SAG-AFTRA conservatory in New York for 5 years. Ultimately, it came down to a passion for creating and my dream was to make movies. I founded my own studio, 1817 Film Studios, where I teach classes, but more importantly, create and film original works. I have assembled a team of hardworking professionals who donate their time and energy to make our dreams a reality. The end goal is to create feature films with great scripts and actors that audiences can relate to on an emotional level. We want to create content that touches on poignant issues and gives equal opportunities to people of all diversities and backgrounds.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has had its ups and downs. The main struggle is that there are not enough hours in the day to do everything required of a full time studio. Also, we know that talent is out there, but not always how to reach it. People have more talent than they think, but sometimes don’t think they have the ability to work in one capacity or another. We like to give people the opportunity to grow with us and contribute to creating art. I’d like to think of this as a learning environment, so all of us are growing as well.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with 1817 Film Studio’s – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We operate a small studio in Burbank, CA with a crew of hardworking professionals who donate time, energy & creativity to create projects we are passionate about. We are most proud of our ability to create content on a monthly basis. Our goal is also to involve the community in our projects and get local writers or actors who still are looking for that big break to join us on our creative journey. We also try to set ourselves apart by including plenty of diversity in our projects. From colorblind casting, to seeing what happens in a story based on if the leads were male or female, is just a part of what we try to do differently here.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Our plans are to do larger and more ambitious projects, submit for film festivals, use our body of work to submit to grants, and build up a larger body of work. The end goal is to create independent short films.

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