Filmmaker Q&A Sean Donohue

by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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DCP:

When did your love for cinema first start, and what made you want to start making movies?  

 

Sean Donohue: 

My love for Cinema started the first time I saw a movie as strange as that may sound.  The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was the original Fright Night at age 5.  I was probably too young to really appreciate it or even understand it on some levels however, I remember being scared and excited all at the same time.  From that point I knew I wanted to be involved with movies somehow.  Initially I wanted to be an actor as a kid.  I use to go to school dressed as different made-up characters on a daily basis.  Most people thought I was weird and I didn't have many friends but I was always had fun with the few friends that I did have.  Anyway, to make a long story short I became very interested in film making at an early age.

 

DCP:

What are some things you find fun about acting/directing/producing?

 

SD:

Pretty much everything.  All are challenging but I learn something new everytime with each movie I direct as well as help out with. It is a constant learning process.

 

DCP:

What are some things you find to be more challenging about acting/directing/producing?

 

SD

Every movie I work on is a new hurdle.  Every movie is different so there are always new obstacles to get over.

 

Sometimes the biggest challenge is just finishing a movie so I can get it to a final product stage.  My first few movies were in the can and it took almost a year to edit and close to another year to be released to the public.

 

DCP:

What is a source of inspiration for the films you've made?

 

SD:

A little bit of everything really.  I really love the horror genre and my favorite Director is Alfred Hitchcock.  I really like suspense and shock, and I think he was the best at it.  On another level, most of my inspirations have just been actors, other film makers and people in the business that I have been fortunate enough to work with.

 

DCP:

Could you talk about Death-Scort Service and how that movie came to be/where did that idea come from/what was it like working on that film and what was your biggest hurtle?

 

SD:

Death-Scort Service was alot of fun plain and simple.   It is my lowest budget film to date but by far the goriest and most exploitative.  Initially after I made Die Die Delta Pi some of the complaints I got from reviewers were that there wasn't enought gore and nudity in it.  So as a result I came up with Death-Scort Service( the original title was "The Call Girl Kill-Off") a movie that was going to be over loaded with gore and nudity.    I  wrote the first draft and told my friend Chris Woods about it.  He liked the idea and wanted to be a part of it so from that point forward we worked together to make it happen.  A cast was assembled, locations were scouted and the movie was on its way.  Believe it or not there weren't too many hurdles with this film.  For the most part I was working with actors I had worked with before that I knew I could rely on.  I guess the hardest part about making Death-Scort Service was cleaning everything at the end of the shoots.

 

DCP:

What films or filmmakers/actors & actresses inspire you?

 

SD

Like I stated earlier Alfred Hitchock is my favorite film maker.  Another inspiration of mine is Roger Corman.  He has produced over 400 movies and is still in the game!  That has to be a record, I hope to at least produce 100 throughout my career.

 

DCP:

What is one thing about yourself that people would be surprise to learn about you?

 

SD:

Although I like really disturbing and gory movies I am easily scared. I also hate real life violence and real gore.  The last thing on earth I want to witness is a car wreck.   I am afraid to fly in airplanes, eat out ( I am paranoid of someone poisoning me), I won't ride roller coasters or carnival rides and most of all I am very afraid of heights!  Maybe that is why I like scary movies, if helps me get over my fears.

 

DCP:

Could you speak about any upcoming projects you may have going on?

 

SD:

I am currently in production of a new movie that I am directing.  I can't give away any details right now but it will be from the same team that produced Death-Scort Service.  I also plan to make a sequel to Death-Scort Service early 2017 as well as a few other projects that I have brewing.

 

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