Steve Desmond

SHRIEKFEST INTERVIEW

Steve Desmond
Director of of 2016 Official Selection “Monsters”

DG: What is your name and company URL?

SD: My name is Steve Desmond and my website is www.dreamingants.com

DG: What is your specialty…filmmaking or screenwriting?

SD: Both really. I work professionally as a screenwriter but recently directed a new short film. Directing has always been the ultimate goal.

DG: What are you currently working on?

SD: I’m writing a TV pilot for IM Global based on a sci-fi graphic novel, have a sci-fi horror screenplay with Davis Entertainment that was recently voted # 1 on the 2016 Blood List, recently optioned a Hugo award winning short story to adapt, and am also in the midst of writing a new spec horror script that I plan to direct.

DG: Wow! You’ve been busy! That is a great way to start the new year! Who do you consider your mentor and why?

SD: This is a tough one as I’ve found it difficult to find a good and consistent mentor in this business. I certainly have people that I look up to and admire but not a mentor per say. My heroes are Spielberg, Serling, Scorsese, and Hitchcock.

DG: Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?

SD: When it comes to horror, I think a lot of us enjoy getting scared within a safe environment – a movie theater or our living room. As for Scifi, it taps into our desire to imagine the future or alternate realities, whether they’re awe inspiring or terrifying or both.

DG: Love that! What do you love most about this business?

SD: I genuinely love crafting a story and taking it all the way from the inception of an idea to a finished product. It’s a truly amazing experience. Specifically, I love the rush of production and being so in the moment.

DG: yes! What do you dislike most about this business?

SD: The ups and downs. We all get knocked down a lot and have to keep getting back up.

DG: I hear ya! It is frustrating, persistence is key! What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

SD: I’m very proud of my short film “Monsters.”

DG: So am I! It’s an amazing film! Any advice you’d like to give newbies?

SD: Expect a lot of rejection, especially in the early years. It’s normal and it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

DG: Great advice! Anything else you’d like to say?

SD: Check out my short film “Monsters” here – https://vimeo.com/143211613

DG: yes, please do! You will love it everyone! Thank you Steve! It was great chatting!

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