Interview with the ONE STEP AT A TIME film team (Kyle & Seton Roberts, Tom Schellenberg)

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Tom: The motivation came from our desire to make the biggest impact we could for KOSHISH.

Kyle: For me, the initial driver behind creating the film was to capture the unique events that would inevitably take place in our attempt to portage canoes to Mount Everest Base Camp. Whether we were successful in our journey or not I had a pretty strong feeling it would be worth documenting.

Seton: I never considered that I would have the ability to film something like this. It wasn’t until Tom and Kyle invited and encouraged me to join them did I find the motivation within myself to tell their amazing story.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

Seton: For my involvement in this project I specifically spent approximately 28 months from the inception of the documentary to the release.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Tom: Universal Compassion

Kyle: Vulnerability and compassion

Seton: Love and Determination

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Tom: The last memory card of footage was compromised which documented our trip back form base camp and had footage with the KOSHISH organization after the expedition. This made it challenging to complete the documnetary as we wanted and forced us to find a new end point for the documentary while trying to incorporate more about the cause without the footage we lost at the end of the trip.

Seton: Definitely the immense difficulty of editing that I did not foresee. I began this project imagining that I was going to do everything myself. However, I really struggled when it came to post production. Thankfully I eventually found Tuxedia production to assist in the completion of the video and sound editing. They were essential in the completion of the film.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Tom: I was very emotional listening to the audience talk about our film. I felt so supported and encouraged in our purpose to change the world for the better. To feel that after the effort that has gone into this expedition and the making of this film makes me feel so proud and like we are on the right track. Good things happen when you do good things.

Kyle: This was honestly one of the most rewarding aspects of being involved in the film for me. It was unbelievable to watch complete strangers speak so highly of the film and our efforts.

Seton: It was so strange to hear so many kind words. Honestly, I had to pause the video multiple times because the feedback was so touching and I am not used to hearing strangers say so many positive things about my work.

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Tom: This question will be best answered by Seton. I wanted to make a film to help get the message of The Weight We Carry out in order to make as big of an impact as we could as an organization. This was all about raisining funds to support KOSHISH in building a Women’s Mental Health Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. I went to my younger brother Seton about a year before the expedition and said to him, “you know you can do this tip to don’t you?”. He was shocked at first to believe that he could have the physical ability to join Kyle and I. We asked him to come, film the expedition and help us create a documentary. He did an incredible job.

Seton: I have always been in love with films and decided about 4 years ago that I wanted to be a filmmaker. I set myself the goal of making a feature film and being accepted to a film festival. Who knew I would have reached my goal already.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Tom: Probably Home Alone.

Kyle: Into The Wild

Seton: Drive.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Seton: I found the FilmFreeway platform extremely accessible as someone with very little experience in the film festival world.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Tom: Turkey dinner.

Kyle: My favourite meal is a vegetarian chill served with cheese and fresh homemade bread.

Seton: Shepherd’s Pie

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Tom: There will be another expedition for The Weight We Carry to continue on our purpose to change the world for the better. This will most likely bring another film šŸ˜Š.

Kyle: Firstly we are determined to finish off this current project. We have raised $150 000 and a large portion of the money raised was done so with the reach of the film. Once that money has been implemented to building the Women’s Mental Health Centre we will announce another expedition. It would be a privilege to be able to do the next project with my two younger brothers again (Seton and Tom).

Seton: I am sure that there will be another expedition and I definitely want to be a part of it to chronicle that journey as well.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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