Step Off Reviews
Indie filmmakers have to make the same choices that majors do on most occasions. We just do it on a miniscule budget. Such is the case in "Step Off". There are scenes that were put together pretty quickly and possibly some that only had a take or two before moving on. Not unusual. In most cases, the actor were able convey what they needed to but there were a couple of scenes where I was a bit confused. Most of that was due to the emotions that I expected out characters transitioning from scene to scene. On a few occasions, I was surprised by a little silliness in one or two characters.
I typically don't think that stock footage shows well in indie films but I noticed the good job on this even in the trailers. Film would've benefitted from a few reverse shots of the crowd. I don't remember seeing any of their faces during performances. "Purple Rain" did this several times and it gave the movie an interesting look. In "Krush Groove" I remember them showing the crowd a few times during performances (except when the Fat Boys were on). It gives a feeling of what everyone else thinks in my opinion.
I think that Lionsgate has done these filmmakers a bit of a disservice. First, they changed the name from "Battle" to "Step Off". Battle was being used by a large scale film at the time so I can understand that but a more suitable name was possible. "Mixdown", "Wheels of Steel", or "The Tables Turn" would've been decent. The film is in Redbox but it could benefit from a bigger push in magazines and online. Lionsgate has a lot of connections for such advertisement. They seem to have left it up to the Atlanta filmmakers to do most of the promos. Tough business.
Ultimately there are more rights than wrongs in this film and we'll see the filmmakers again...I'm sure.
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