In an alternate future, a steam-powered San Francisco is controlled by corporate overlords enforcing strict compliance of its citizens. A father and daughter are torn apart as they take different paths against the oppression but under mounting pressure of discovery, must work together to plan escape in their illegal airship.
Written and Directed by Michelle Prevost, and Produced by Ilena Ferrer, this short narrative film is a "chapter" taken from a feature length story, a pilot, proof of concept of the rich visual journey through an imaginary steampunk city. Shot on location throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including the famous 32Ten Studios (home to some of the most iconic effects sequences in film history), Pressure 's vivid costumes, comprehensive production design, and elaborate animations were all developed as part of the painstaking process of creating a world that doesn't exist. The story comes to life via it's remarkable characters, including dozens of members of our local steampunk community who appeared as extras in various scenes throughout the film. Our premiere at the grand Castro Theatre in San Francisco on 7/6/13 was a huge success, winning several awards!
In a steampunk future, San Francisco has become a hierarchical company town, a steam layer dividing the classes. Cog is a dealing with his rebellious teenage daughter, Pascal, the recent death of his wife, and the mounting pressure of his job at SF Steam & Pressure; the company ultimately responsible for the death of his wife. Torn apart, father and daughter take different paths against the corporate injustices. Cog has challenged himself to develop a warning system which he must complete before he and Pascal execute their plan of escape. Pascal has taken up with local extremist organization, Vent. Discovery by corporate enforcement looms as they plan their journey out from under the steam, to see the sun.
9/11/2015 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Film Crawl, San Francisco, CA
7/27/2014 International Premiere! Swecon Gavle Steampunk Festival, Gavle, Sweden
The reception has been marvelous, It has been an honor to be able to screen Pressure, and I hope there will be more opportunities in the future following Steampunkfestivals and SweCon events to screen Pressure again. Stefan Gemzel, Director, Swecon Gavle Film Festival
6/6/2014 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival, Phoenix, AZ
2/16/2014 Rose City Steampunk Film Festival, Portland, OR
7/6/2013 Premiere Screening! Scary Cow, San Francisco, CA
5/24/2013 Sneak Preview: Clockwork Alchemy, San Jose, CA