Month: August 2017


Steam is looking for Extras!


If you would like to be involved in the filming of the first chronological episode of Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Knox Mill, we would love to have you on board!


Filming will take place in the courtyard of the Penn Brewery on Labor Day, September 4th.  Please check in no later than 7:00 AM.  We will be done shooting by 11:00 AM, so you may still be available to enjoy holiday activities.  


The scene we are filming is of the outside of a fictional Pittsburgh steel mill in the midsts of chaos. Workers are fleeing the scene of an accident, which is still in progress inside.  Some workers are arguing to go back inside to save their friends. The crowd outside is full of onlookers, workers who have escaped, and loved ones searching for their friends and family.


How should I dress?


We don’t have the resources to costume everybody, but we will try to have small details to enhance your pieces if needed. Steam is a steampunk production, but leans more toward the Victorian. Clothing needn’t be precise in its accuracy, but should give a strong Victorian impression with whatever you can provide. Steam depicts a more idealized version of history with regard to gender/race roles in society, so please choose whichever Steampunk/Victorian identity you wish:


  • Mill Workers: (We will need the most of these in both men and women)

Please wear clothing that can get dirty. If your clothing cannot get dirty, please tell wardrobe.


Men: Dark pants, old jeans (please avoid modern cuts and styles), or denim overalls are all appropriate.  Grey, blue, or dirty white button down shirts (Mandarin collar or tux shirt are best), alternatively, you could wear a button collar knit shirt or thermal. Long sleeves please on either shirt style. If you are wearing a knit shirt, you may wear suspenders.  If you are wearing a dress-style shirt, you may wear suspenders or a dark vest.

You may wear an Ivy Cap (flap cap), or newsie hat, if desired.

Shoes: You may wear dressy/durable black shoes or thick leather work boots.

Hair.  Cleanly styled, but disheveled.  If long hair, please wear in a low ponytail.


Women: You may wear any of the clothing described for the men, and/or substitute in bloomers for pants, and dark cinchers/corsets for vests. Please feel free to layer suspenders and corsets.

Hair:  Updo, please if you have long hair.  For further instruction, check out the tutorial I made for Steampunk Hair which is posted to the Facebook page.  If short hair, wear cleanly styled.


Additional Accessories:  Plain or leather apron, goggles, welder’s masks (period non-specific), thick leather gloves welcome.


  • Special workers: If you can commit to more than one day of filming, you may be asked to return for filming inside the mill location.


Bystanders / Significant others: (Your clothing will not be dirtied or distressed)


Men and women may wear personal Victorian/Steampunk costumes in full including hats (please avoid goggles for this scene, since you are mixed among mill workers.)

If you do not own a full ensemble, please bring:

Men: Black pants, white or off-white shirt, black or dark vest. Black or Grey dress jacket optional.

Hats: Top Hat, Bowler Hat, Ivy Cap welcome

Accessories: Canes, ‘little dark sleeve holders’ welcome.

Hair.  Cleanly styled.  If long hair, please wear in a low ponytail.


Women: Long (floor length if possible) flowy skirt, second flowy skirt for layering. Button-down Shirt that is either white/off white or coordinates with one of your skirts. Tight-fitted jacket.

Hats: Large-brim, wheel hat (crammed with feathers and accessories), tiny hats, fascinators welcome.

Accessories: Corsets, Vests, Chokers, long necklaces, bracelets, white (or matching) gloves, parasols (decorative European-style Victorian) welcome.

Hair:  Updo, please if you have long hair.  For further instruction, check out the tutorial I made for Steampunk Hair which is posted to the Facebook page.  If short hair, wear cleanly styled.


Alternatively, you could dress in a profession of the time.  


Please feel free to wear items of personal or character significance providing they do not grab too much focus on frame. We would be delighted to know that your personal cosplay is a part of the events.


When you arrive:


Street Parking is available around the Penn Brewery. Please park with consideration of local signs and laws.

  • Please check in with Joel Egyud who will give you some paperwork to sign.
  • Check in with Wardrobe who will greenlight your outfit or give you additional accessories to wear.  If you borrow accessories, you will need to sign a ‘wardrobe lend’ slip filled out by the costumer that rents an item. When you leave, you will need to return the items, and the costumer will check each off to denote that they have been returned.


We will have water available, but you may want to bring a small snack. Please wait in the break area until called to the set by the film team.  Steam and its crew are not responsible for lost or stolen items, so please leave anything of significant value in your vehicle.


Thank you for your interest, and I am looking forward to a truly rewarding day on September 4th!




Liz Rishel


Classic Victorian Masterpiece, Dracula, gets a modern revival

Steam creators lend their love of Victorian literature to a brand new project, re-framing Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula as a podcast, in this innovative new project, The Dracula RadioPlay Experience. Steam members Liz Rishel, Sean Lenhart, Bonnie Bogovich, and Judy Kirby team up with Gwen Schmidt to breathe new life into this timeless work through the use of modern technology. This radio play features a full cast of characters, sound effects, and thematic music to set the tone of the drama. To complete the experience, each episode of this novel is released on the date that each character chronicles the happenings, so the listener may feel the passage of time as the story unfolds.