Adam R. Steigert (Adam Richard Steigert)
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He was born Adam Richard Steigert, son of Warren Richard Steigert and Jean M Sanders. Adam was raised by grandparents William and Kathleen Sanders. His interest in movies began when he was very young. Adam's favorite film as a young boy was "Dawn of the Dead", a film that has greatly influenced his future works. During his school years, he wrote many short stories and pursued his passion for film by making some short films. After graduating from Hamburg High school, Adam finished a short story entitled Gore. Read more... read and edit his short script. Thus began a business partnership that evolved into DefTone Pictures Studios. DefTone's first film was the post-apocalyptic flick, Bitez. Fueled by the success of Bitez, Adam and DefTone set out to work on their next project: bringing Gore to the big screen. Filming of Gore started in March of 2009 and premiered 10/10/2009 at the Hamburg Palace Theater. After premiering Gore, Adam didn't wait long until starting work on his next project: The Final Night and Day. Once again co-directing with Stephanie Andrews, the film began production in the spring of 2010. The filming of FND (as it came to be called) was a major undertaking with more effects and larger locations than Adam had worked with before. At the second annual Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, FND earned the honor of "Best Western New York Horror Feature". Unwilling to ride the coat tails of the success of FND, Adam began to work immediately on the screenplay for the next DefTone feature film, Ombis: Alien Invasion. But before even beginning production on Ombis: Alien Invasion, Adam rallied his newly formed DefTone crew for production on a series of three short films collectively entitled Black Guy on a Rampage. The short films showcase Adam's editing style and use of different filters and colors to set mood and tone. Adam and the DefTone crew took no break after Black Guy was released because principal photography on Ombis: Alien Invasion began later the same month. Spanning six months and twenty-seven shooting days, Ombis: Alien Invasion was the most ambitious project that Adam and DefTone had ever undertaken. This time around, Adam was able to secure many unique and epic locations for Ombis: Alien Invasion. The locations included the grain mills in downtown Buffalo, Hamburg High School, Cheektowaga Town Hall, the Town of Hamburg Police Station and Jubilee Foods. Ombis: Alien Invasion wrapped principal photography in August of 2012 and obtained a world wide distribution deal with Phoenix Releasing Group. The next chapter for Adam and DefTone was production of a horror comedy feature entitled A Grim Becoming. Production started in June of 2013 and will wrap the first week of September 2013. Once again, Adam was able to push the quality envelope of local independent film by securing some of the most impressive locations that DefTone had worked with to date: filming in a conference room on the 31st floor of the HSBC tower, closing down streets in the City of Buffalo on two different occasions and shooting at the historic Ellicott Square Building to name a few. DefTone was also able to work with some of the bigger names in independent film. Bill Oberst Jr, Jessica Cameron and Devanny Pinn all played key supporting roles in the film. Adam also called on the great local talent of the Buffalo area once again to play the leads in the film. Brandon Williams plays Raphael, the protagonist of the film while Michael Sciabarrasi is Magoo and puts forth a very memorable performance. A Grim Becoming also was a first for Adam with working with a Director of Photography. Matt Nardone joined the DefTone team to lend his expertise to the film. A Grim Becoming is slated for a June 2014 release date.