Iron (a short film)

Skills: Film

 

Iron (IMDB) is a love story, but not in the usual way. This film is a journey of self-discovery set against the background of US domestic life during World War I, as women moved into jobs more traditionally held by men who were away at war. I feel very lucky to have worked as the Production Designer on this film, set on location at the historic Snoqualmie Train Depot and filmed in part on a working steam engine. The beautiful location made it easy to create a beautiful film. Here are some production stills of the film.

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Here are some behind the scenes photos. The kitchen set was the most built out of all the sets and needed to feel the most worn and lived in. The train depot happened to have most of an old cast iron stove on display in the depot baggage room so we built around the incredibly heavy stove, rather than having to bring one to set from somewhere else.

 

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While the engine in the film is a functional steam engine, we mostly shot inside and around it when it was cold. To give the effect of a hot engine we used a fogger with a hose that we could aim at various parts of the machinery. I spent a good portion of our engine shoot days crawling around under the engine with a fog hose.

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As a 4Culture funded project we were able to call on the help of a variety of sympathetic institutions to help us create an accurate period environment on a tight budget. The Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive very kindly lent us some period notebooks and provided us with scans of various other ephemera. The Northwest Railway Museum and The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum were also incredibly kind to provide our production with artifacts and expertise without which our railroad office, tenement kitchen and cabin would not have been nearly so well provisioned.

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