Steven Myerschmidt Bites the Big One

The manager of a solar panel company must quell a worker’s revolt in this surreal political comedy.

Creative team

Writer: MK Morris
Producer: Amanda Morgan
Director: Gregory Breen

Filmmaker’s statement

Steven Myerschmidt Bites the Big One began life as a story written by MK Morris for a short story writing challenge.

Very quickly MK decided to turn the surreal story of a strike in a solar panel factory told by ‘a voice of God’ narrator into a screenplay.

I had read the short story and loved it. When the script was written, I loved that as well and was delighted to see that MK had kept the brilliant, sardonic tone for the movie version.

She asked me to direct it and I was overjoyed.

I loved the depiction of worker unrest and political strife told with a satirical edge and was eager to put my stamp on it.

I saw the film as a clever and funny way to comment on modern politics as well as industrial relations. It’s also a nice nod to George Orwell and the culture of literary metaphor.

Once I was working on turning MK’s brilliant screenplay into a finished film, my style was to allow the surreal nature of the story to unfold in as natural a way as possible.

With the narrator doing all of the talking for the main character, there is little need for traditional dramatic shooting or editing.

I also enjoy making subtle references to the novel mentioned in the story, as well as the films of Terry Gilliam and modern political trends such as the tea party, Quebec liberation and the occupy movement.

Overall, Steven Myerschmidt Bites The Big One was a fun, surreal film with a great story and interesting setup that pushed me out of my comfort zone as a filmmaker and allowed me to explore different ways of telling a story.”

About Gregory Breen

Gregory Breen

Greg was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland.

After he married a sweet girl from Welland, Ontario he moved to Canada. Once there his love of film pushed him to take a leap and change careers.

Greg is a writer, director and producer. He studied film at Ryerson University and Humber College.

Greg’s short films are For God and Ulster, Steven Myerschmidt Bites the Big One and Journeys.

All three have screened at festivals in Europe and North America.

For God and Ulster was named best drama at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver and nominated for best international film at the Underground Cinema film festival in Dublin. Steven Myerschmidt Bites the Big One won best student film at the Hamilton Film Festival.

Greg’s fourth short Clara has just been completed and will be touring the festival circuit in 2014.

Greg is currently working on The Long Night, his first feature film.

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