CFDb Interviews Shane Hagedorn – Actor/Writer/Producer/Director
= > What was your first acting role?
My first acting role was a theater production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Strangest Kind of Romance.” I was 26 at the time and I played The Old Man. It was a great role and from that I got cast as the lead in another play; “Picasso at The Lapin Agile.” That audition went really bad, but I booked the part from my work as The Old Man. My first on camera was a 5 min silent student short. I was thrilled to have got cast in a “movie” at the time!
= > Do you have a favorite experience as an actor that you would like to share?
I would have to say as an actor my favorite experience was in “Handlebar”, a dark comedy feature; I co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in. I took the character BENNY, a bumbling thief and gave him some dimension. He had lighter moments, but there are parts where he gets a little dark. It was really a challenge to believably perform those sides of him. I really enjoy comedies, but with some drama built into it. Same goes for dramas, gotta work in those lighter moments!
= > What is the first movie you wrote?
The Model Father, a picture I wrote, directed, produced, acted in, and edited. I even did most of the camera work. A true labor of love. It takes place in the 1960’s and is about a family fighting to stay together amongst many challenges that have befallen them. It was my first everything, I never had made a short film, or wrote a screenplay, I never even had a computer at the time. I had to learn how to use the computer and then edit the picture as well. I took one film making class to borrow the lights and boom pole to shoot my first feature. I showed up for two classes, when the instructor asked where I had been, I told him “I’m making a movie.” He let it slide.
= > Can you tell us more about “Ashes of Eden” and when do you expect it be released?
This movie is one of the hardest and most rewarding projects I have ever done. Every step has been a challenge, but miraculously we have made it through. The artists, both in front and behind the camera, pulled together to help create a riveting piece of work. [Ashes] is filled with characters desperately fighting and striving for very crucial needs; forgiveness, or redemption, and others, for love. I believe audiences will relate to them, their world, and their struggle.We are in post now and hope to have a rough cut in the next few months. From there, we will continue with sound design, composing, and coloring the picture. We have had interest from a few distributors and will be believing for a world wide distribution deal in the months to come.
= > Are there any projects you are currently working on that you can tell us about?
I am developing some other scripts that I am writing and or collaborating with other writers. I love that stage of story crafting. There are some projects that I am acting in next year under DJ Perry’s company Collective Development Inc. DJ is a great producing partner and now friend. I have been offered some other projects as a director in 2013 as well. I am fortunate enough right now as a Actor/producer, but being a writer/director really opens up more opportunities for telling great stories.
= > How can others find out about your work?
My official website is www.shanehagedorn.com. There you can find links to projects; past, present and future. Thanks for the opportunity CFDb! Looking forward to more in the future!
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