Director of Photography Steve Holleran’s debut feature film The Land opens in theaters July 29. You can view the trailer here.
The indie film follows four teenage boys who escape from the streets of Cleveland to follow their dream of professional skateboarding. However, when they find themselves entangled with a local drug gang, their dream and lives come under threat.
Holleran shot the feature in a number of unique locations, including abandoned warehouses, forgotten subways, derelict housing compounds, at live events and skateboarding competitions. The production birthed a number of “baptism by fire” stories that the crew endured while filming, including an on-set gang shooting (no one was hurt), a skate brawl and lightning strikes.
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to critical acclaim. Geoff Berkshire from Variety said, “slick cinematography by Steven Holleran captures the skateboarding action with appropriate cool … and the urban locales with the requisite grit.”
The Land is experimental on both the hi- and lo-fi ends of the camera spectrum, ranging from the use of brand new Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic lenses and Red Dragon cameras, to anamorphic adaptors on the iPhone 6. The film also features skate stunt work, which Holleran shot handheld from his own skateboard.