"Distraction" featured on Short of the Week

"It is an impressively made short that keeps you intrigued from the outset, reminiscent of classical noir films. Distraction adds a modern twist to this genre and encourages multiple viewings, which is an excellent trait for a short film to have."

- Gorilla Film Magazine



A young writer. A prostitute. An old desert motel. All stories need an ending and every ending needs a beginning.

"Distraction" is a short film noir that focuses on the fragile psyche of a writer who's sole desire is to finish his screenplay while learning that the beginning is always easier to write than the end.


Writer/Director/Executive Producer: Stephen Schuster

Producers: John Corser/Torie Schuster/Kurt Stevens
Production Company: Neu Noir, LLC
Casting Director: Chad Ritterbach

Cast (In Order of Appearance)

Ethan: Ross Steeves
Angel: Jolene Andersen
Ethan's Boss: Edward L. Green
Raven: Ty Merchant
Destiny: Kerstin Lechner
Inn Keeper: Larrs Jackson
Sheriff Wilson: Christopher Warner
Sheriff Smith: Joshua Bevier
Police Dispatch: Tera Lecuona

Shoot Crew

DP:  Kurt Stevens
1st AC/DI Tech:  Brian Robbins
2nd Unit DP: Alvaro Navarro
2nd Unit AC/DI Tech: Cid Salcido
DIT MGMT:  Kevin Natera
Gaffer:  Josh Day
Key Grip:  Chad Herr
Key Rig:  Aaron Knoke
Best Boy Grip:  Nic Larsen
Best Boy Electric:  Brian Sicotte
Grip & Electric:  Rafael Lopez
Grip & Electric:  Andre Hollins
G & E Driver: Mike Bryant
Art Director: Mungai Nguku
Key Wardrobe: Eleanor Estes
Wardrobe Assistant:  Ashley Sinclair
Hair/Make-up:  Shauna O’Toole
SFX Make-up: Anna Bratton
Sound Mixer/Boom:  Scott Tipton
Location Manager: Frank Basulyo
Production Assistant: Trevor Coulson

Post Production

Editor: Kirk Smith
Digital Sets and Compositing: There
Visual FX Supervisor for There: Elliott Jobe
Additional Visual Effects: Dror Revach
Additional Visual Effects: Jason Mortimer
Color: Incendio
Colorist: Clark Muller
Producer for Incendio: Christina Caldwell
Original Music: Matthew Wilcock & Aleah Morrison
Sound Design: Matthew Wilcock / Zelig Sound
Dubbing Mix: Matthew Wilcock / Zelig Sound
ADR Recording: Mic Brooling

Special thanks to Guillermo Navarro for his support and contribution to this film.



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Behind the Scenes Day One


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Behind the Scenes Day Two


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Behind the Scenes Day Three


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