– Lloyd Kaufman, TROMA
“A must read!”
– Elliott Grove, Raindance Film Festival
“Steve is a unique film-maker, so far outside ‘the system’ that one cannot help but feel maybe it’s the system that is outside him.”
– MJ Simpson, UK Film Critic
“Steve Balderson is the last true indie filmmaker. His process is fast and furious and always a thrill. Working with his cast and crew, I experienced a sense of community that remained intact long after the film was in the can. Working with Steve is a true artistic collaboration and an unforgettable adventure.”
– Jillian Lauren, NY Times best-selling author of Some Girls
“Working with Steve Balderson was a blast. His artistic drive and work ethic are second to none. He creates a family atmosphere free from egos where all the artists can be free and thrive. When it was all over and we wrapped, I felt like summer camp had just ended.”
– Kevin Richardson, singer, The Backstreet Boys
“Working with Steve has always been a pleasure, because he does so much advance prep, that by the time you show up for the shoot, he already knows exactly what each shot is going to be and what it will look like. Thus, instead of working at the soul-numbingly slow pace of a “normal” film, everything goes really quickly, and scenes are not shot over and over from every conceivable angle and distance. It keeps things fresh, fun, and inspired.
– Jane Wiedlin, singer songwriter, The Go-Go’s
“My favorite part of filming The Casserole Club was getting a chance to work with a do-it-yourself ethic, which is deeply seeded in my punk rock-activist background. Each person who worked on this film came with the understanding that we would make this thing together, with full involvement of our hearts and souls. We lived collectively while filming, costumed ourselves, helped in a myriad of ways, and generally made it happen. I am very proud of this aspect of making the film. This is the way Steve works, and I quite enjoyed it.”
– Daniela Sea, actress
“Steve is the dream director for the actor who thrives on creative freedom. Freedom is so important for great storytelling and Steve trusts his vision and the visions of everyone else involved, which creates space for an organic synergy to take place. That’s why you call it movie magic. You get real moments. I don’t always trust my choices but, Steve sees YOU and helps you trust your instincts. You do your work and be prepared to get down and dirty. No divas allowed. It takes a certain kind of commitment and professionalism to pull off his style of filmmaking, and I feel blessed to have been a part of the process.”
– Alexandra Choi, actress and blogger
“A few years back, I received the great fortune of meeting acclaimed director Steve Balderson when he found me via Facebook on mutual director friends page. My first thought was, “who is this guy?” And immediately when I spoke to Steve after a string of Facebook messaging, a wonderful connection was found! His “Wamego” Documentary sold me on his process. I never thought that working on an independent film could be so rewarding and the process that Balderson lives by, is not only fun, but grass roots film making! I also thought how is this possible to make a film for a so little budget, but after working on “The Casserole Club,” “Culture Shock” and “The Far Flung Star,” I learned from Balderson the love of what we do and achieving our true passion for the world of film making. Not only does he love his actors, but is an encouraging director diving in the heart of each character and the story. Despite the Hollywood bureaucracy, sometimes to get the film right is to be self-sufficient and Balderson certainly has that drive, proven by his past amazing films.”
– Garrett Swann, actor
“Aside from being a big fan of Balderson’s work, I have an intense respect for the way he goes about making his movies. When I saw CASSEROLE CLUB’s LA premier at the Egyptian, I was sold on the film’s honesty and attention to detail. At Q and A for the screening, every audience question was about the same – “How did he do that?”
Steve Balderson is a rarity in the business; he is an artist that delivers on his artistic vision.
In fact, nobody in the business is working like him. His process is streamlined to basics. He shoots at a fast and fierce pace with as minimal crew as possible…but there is nothing guerilla about it. Balderson knows what is visually and emotionally needed at every moment without forcing anything. Working with him was what I always romanticized it would be like to work with Altman or an early Bogdanovich. I deeply felt I had the freedom to play while knowing that he would steer me in the right direction for what the movie needed…And that has nothing to do with how pleasant it is to work with him. On Balderson’s crew I felt like part of an artistic family, a family that worked hard and played hard.
Any actor that has the pleasure and opportunity to work with him should jump on the chance to be a part of his artistic process.”
– Benjamin Lutz, actor
“Steve Balderson is a true magician in every sense of the word. He has a keen sense of purpose, imagination, and foresight to make the impossible possible all without a thread of vanity. Due to his ability to balance self-awareness while being mindful of his surroundings, Steve makes every experience while working on one of his movies exactly that, an experience.
Steve’s method of film making is far from traditional. The only elements of his process that remain familiar are a script, two cameras, actors, and a final product. He works with a limited amount of resources, which is why working with Steve Balderson is not for everyone. He requires that you begin his journey with an open mind to know that anything and everything will happen, but to dance on the line between chaos and harmony and magic is bound to happen.
If I had to sum up my thoughts on how Steve’s process works I would use these two common phrases, “The world is his oyster” and “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” What I’ve learned about working with Steve is that he is a master of his craft. When working with a master that continuously surrounds himself with talented, focused, and dedicated people the sky is the limit and you remember that anything is truly possible.”
– John Werskey, actor
“Well he doesn’t fuss. He doesn’t redo and recap and wear you out with meaning and nuance. He let’s you act. He comes to the set each day with an enthusiasm that can only be described as boundless. A big fellah, rosy cheeked and with glowing eyes, he imbues his actors with a love of what they do. And they do it, therefore, in top form and with full confidence. What a good way to make a great movie!!”
– Karen Black, Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Winner