Footsteps

A family of military veterans are affected by the loss of one of their own in battle. The father is still haunted by his own experiences in VietNam. The remaining son recently returned from Afghanistan and is suffering from PTSD. Both take to the bottle for refuge and upon learning of the loss of their son/brother, take to blaming each other for the tragedy. Things turn combustible very quickly.

  • Dave Bean
    Director
    Mrs. Fitzgerald is Missing
  • Robert Dominick Jones
    Writer
    Valediction
  • Kenneth T. Griggs
    Writer
    What is Love?
  • Robert Dominick Jones
    Producer
    Mrs. Fitzgerald is Missing
  • Brian Cutler
    Producer
    My One And Only
  • Becky Sapp
    Producer
    Mrs. Fitzgerald is Missing
  • Emily Wilson
    Producer
    Faith Arrives, Mrs. Fitzgerald is Missing
  • Clark Moore
    Key Cast
    "Tom Noble"
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine,Lore, MacGyver
  • Brian Cutler
    Key Cast
    "Jerry Noble"
    Emergency!, Mork and Mindy, My One and Only
  • Paul Thomas Arnold
    Key Cast
    "John Forbes"
    Crown Lake, Rosewood
  • Robert Dominick Jones
    Key Cast
    "Nick Riley"
    This is Us, For The People, Mrs Fitzgerald is Missing
  • Mary Khouri
    Key Cast
    "Stacy Maynard"
  • Khigh Abner
    Key Cast
    "Tyler Winston"
    The Apology Dance, Last Ounce of Courage
  • Jason Amos
    Key Cast
    "Pool Hustler"
    Home, Empty Bottles
  • Chris Forbes
    Key Cast
    "Calvin Waters"
  • Becky Sapp
    Cinematographer
    Mrs. Fitzgerald is Missing
  • Paul Summers
    Editor
    Utoya Island, Silent Screams,Ugly Shoes
  • Jason Amos
    Production Designer
    Home, Past Life
  • Jean Mora
    Hair and Make-up
    What is Love?
  • Nerissa Lee
    Script Supervisor
    Class N Session, To: Dave
  • Becky Sapp
    Colorist
    Mrs. Fitzgerald Is Missing, LaLaLand
  • Bailee Sveen
    Art Department
    Crazy For You, Deathcember
  • Chris Derose
    Key Production Assistant
  • Estela Mercado
    Key Production Assistant
    Dental Damage, Say It with Your Vest
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Family, War
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red One Camera
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Dave Bean

Director Dave Bean was born in Boston and raised in Michigan. He received a degree in History and Literature from Eastern Michigan University and also studied at UCLA. Prior to "Footsteps", Dave directed eight episodes of the scripted drama, "Mrs. Fitzgerald Is Missing", which streams on Amazon Prime. Upcoming directoral projects include the feature film, "Valediction" and the episodic drama, "Faith Arrives". He resides in Burbank, California.

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Director Statement


After reading the script for Footsteps, I realized that I had rarely seen a film that dealt with this particular subject matter. This is a family of military veterans affected by the loss of one of them in battle. The remaining father is still haunted by his own experiences in Vietnam. The remaining son is recently returned from Afghanistan and is still thoroughly traumatized. Both take to the bottle for refuge and upon learning of the loss of their son/brother, take to blaming each other for the tragedy. Things turn combustible very quickly.

One of the blessings of making this film was having a core group of seasoned actors who have real military experience. This insured that the storytelling would remain truthful, the reactions real. Even though we enjoyed being on-set with one another, there was a palpable solemnity to the filmmaking that I have never experienced before. It was inspirational and satisfying.

The tone of Footsteps is evocative of my previous directorial work, Mrs. Fitzgerald Is Missing, where seemingly ordinary people find themselves thrust into extraordinary circumstances. As both stories are unveiled, we find that there is no such thing as ordinary and that our true emotional selves will be revealed when circumstance dictates.

Footsteps is a very original story about a seemingly familiar subject. It was a privilege to work with this cast and crew.