Onondaga Chris Steinberger may look like your average college freshman, but it’s pretty easy to forget that he’s only 19 years old when he talks about filmmaking. He already had his first experience with fame last year when he and fellow ESM student Matt Pede won $15,000 for their school with their PSA called “Drinking and Texting.” Since graduating in June, Steinberger has started his first year at Onondaga Community College and has written his first full-length film, “Iris”, which he is responsible for directing, producing, editing, composing the score and doing the visual effects. And he’s hoping to raise $6000 by the end of the month to make his dream a reality.
Steinberger got the idea for the movie while attending a concert by local musicians The Scarlet Ending. He was inspired by a song they played and he began imagining a ballroom scene where a man runs through the room with a gun and a redheaded woman is trying to steal something from him. Steinberger said he went home after that and “locked himself in his house” for almost a month. Before he knew it, he had written 102 pages and had a full-length movie on his hands.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to make a full length movie” Steinberger said. “It’s great to do it in Syracuse, right in my backyard. We’re getting all the support [from the community] that we could possibly get. I like the fact that we’re contributing more art to Syracuse.”
“Iris” is the story of an engineer and a thief who date during their teenage years. The woman, Charlotte, starts to steal things and her boyfriend, Carson, soon ends the relationship and five years later they meet again when Charlotte is hired to steal a piece of Carson’s engineering technology.
“The software is really powerful and the people who have it are incredibly dangerous, so the stakes are really high,” Steinberger said.