September 26, 2017
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  • Taylor Young is a writer, actor and producer for Riot Scene Pictures, an independent production company that just filmed a physiological thriller called “Steady Hand.”
    Taylor Young is a writer, actor and producer for Riot Scene Pictures, an independent production company that just filmed a physiological thriller called “Steady Hand.”
  • In “Steady Hand,” Tray Chaney is rapper T. Pryor, who commissions the main character to write a screenplay.
    In “Steady Hand,” Tray Chaney is rapper T. Pryor, who commissions the main character to write a screenplay.
  • Steve Malm helped Taylor Young bring his dramatic script to life in “Steady Hand.”
    Steve Malm helped Taylor Young bring his dramatic script to life in “Steady Hand.”
  • Michelle Jones plays two characters in the film “Steady Hand.”
    Michelle Jones plays two characters in the film “Steady Hand.”

Severna Park Native Dives Into Dramatic Film

Zach Sparks
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September 6, 2017

Taylor Young has inflicted untold horrors on himself and his friends. He bestowed his former Severna Park High School classmate Alex Davis with nightmares of dead people. He turned his wife into a con artist. He saddled himself with mental illness.

But, alas, it was all in the name of film.

Young is a writer, actor and producer for Riot Scene Pictures, an independent production company that he formed with his brother Thomas and friend Steve Malm. Other members of the team include Young’s wife, Michelle Jones, and Cameron Martino as executive producers, and Chuck Stone as a producing partner. Their work is dark and gritty – and their latest film, “Steady Hand,” is no exception.

The main character, Morris Kennedy, portrayed by Young, isolates himself as he works on a screenplay commissioned by rapper T. Pryor.

“[Morris has] had a trauma in his recent past, something that he never fully dealt with,” Young explained. “He goes to his old apartment to isolate himself, and characters start appearing to him. … It’s that idea of, ‘How far is too far for your art or your craft?’”

Not only do those characters appear to Morris Kennedy, but they materialize as people from his past. One such person is played by Jones, who represents both a figment of Morris’ imagination and his tangible love interest.

“I like the idea of the writer going through a struggle, and I like playing two characters,” Jones said. “I want to make sure the audience can tell the difference. I can wear different clothes, but I also want to create two personalities.”

Bringing notoriety to the cast is Tray Chaney, who is best known for his roles as Malik “Poot” Carr on “The Wire” and Kendrick Murphy in “Saints & Sinners.” Young’s parents met Chaney while they were volunteering at the Annapolis Film Festival and an introduction was made.

“It was a great jumping-off point because it elevated the credibility of our project,” Young said of Chaney’s addition to the team.

The Baltimore-based company is now looking to distribute “Steady Hand” to as many film festivals as possible – a costly task.

“When you submit to festivals, you have to cast a wide net and you end up spending a lot of money on submission fees,” Young said. “When you’re looking into all of the niche festivals, our movie doesn’t really fall into those categories. Our film is a drama, psychological thriller, mystery, so it’s pretty normal for an indie.”

Young views “Steady Hand” as his best work to date and he hopes audiences will agree. As a 17-year-old junior in high school, he worked with Davis and Malm to create “Broken Dreams,” a feature film about a high school student whose dreams are haunted by visions of people getting killed.

More recently, Riot Scene Pictures produced a four-part web series called “Rise.”

“We created a crime drama, kind of like ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘The Wire’ in that the people who aren’t involved in that [crime] world and are getting involved in that world,” Young said. “It’s interesting because the characters are like ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’ They’re all self-absorbed, spastic idiots at times – individually inept, but somewhat capable as a group.

“Every project has grown in scope and production value,” Young added. “The group of people we work with is very talented and continue to get better.”

The creative minds behind Riot Scene Pictures plan to create a second season of “Rise,” but they are now focused on promoting “Steady Hand.” To raise funds for submission fees, they started a Kickstarter campaign, which, as of early September, had raised $550 of the desired $1,500.

The filmmaking and promotion challenges are many – such as setting aside six consecutive weekends for shooting – but Young and his creative partners enjoy the work.

“Shooting long days, everyone has full-time jobs, so it can be pretty grueling,” Young admitted, “but it ends up being rewarding.”

For more information about Riot Scene Pictures, visit www.riotscenepictures.com. To support the film project or view the trailer, check out the Kickstarter campaign.


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