Unturning Steel

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For the last twelve months (on and off), Laurie has been working on this documentary project, UNTURNING STEEL, in close collaboration with Producer/Director Michael Wood of Never Forgotten Media.

Her duties included developing and writing a feature screenplay, helping create a pitch deck, writing articles and other material. Most recently, she reviewed interview transcripts, created a short version of the script, and provided in-depth support for the editing.


Unturning Steel is a documentary that features reliability engineer and U.S. military veteran Bill Leahy as he works to provide service members with a path forward after returning home. In the aftermath of tragedy, Bill sets out on a hero’s journey to help his fellow veterans bring their talents to American manufacturing. Together with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Bill has created a new offering that provides veterans the support and training they need to find purpose in American manufacturing.

But in a society falling short of offering proper support to both veterans and manufacturers, will Bill realize his vision? Will veterans find those employment opportunities as American manufacturing experiences a new renaissance in the 21st century.

See the trailer.

The short version of the doc screened at MARCON – the 28th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Conference at Knoxville Convention Center. This short will also be part of a presentation for the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Military Writing Experience

For the Unturning Steel crew, Michael hired mainly U.S. Veterans, and a few people like Laurie who’ve worked on military-related communication projects. He liked that she had helped share soldiers’ stories as researcher/scriptwriter for five major interactive exhibits at the National Museum of the U.S. Army. 

Laurie also wrote a series of audio and video PSAs for an Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention educational campaign.

All Army projects were as a subcontractor with longtime client Showreel, Inc. now Shot Glass Films.