Where did the idea for the film manifest? You wrote and directed “The Possessed?”
Shawn: I wanted to do a possessed film that was a little more story-based as opposed to a person that was just possessed. There are so many possessed movies out there right now. People are doing the same thing over and over again. I didn’t want to repeat something. I wanted to give the audience something new.
Why do you the topic of possession in general has become so popular lately?
Shawn: You know I think it always has been. I think it is something that really scares people. You are dealing with the element of people and their fear.
You had a great cast for “The Possession,” what was it like working with the cast?
Shawn: It was really good. They are all great people. I think that they are all extremely talented. John Wells, Amanda Marie, Jessica Felice. They are really great to work with.
You directed and wrote “The Possessed.” What challenges did you face doing both?
Shawn: Actually I find that easier. You can be a little bit more efficient.
Who did you look up to growing up or what directors do you love now?
Shawn: I think one of my biggest influences would be Tim Burton. Joss Whedon is fantastic. And of course growing up I loved Steven Spielberg and Sam Raimi
When you were writing the film did you have an idea where you were going with the film and will there be a sequel?
Shawn: I think there will be a sequel to it. When I first started writing the film, I kind of let my characters talk to me. I know it sounds really crazy and really weird but I let them tell me their story and I write it down. It makes it completely unique that way. The way this film ended it will definitely have a sequel.
What other projects are you working on?
Shawn: I am working on a gothic film called “The Haunted” which should be out in October. I am working on another film called “The Diary of Mary Shelley,” which is again another period piece which deals with Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” It is from her perspective as if she was actually there versus just telling the story. Those are the two big ones I am working on. I like period pieces a lot. That is what made this film, “The Possessed” so unique because it does take place in modern times. I tend to draw a lot more from the gothic/Victorian era.