Just Go Make The Movie (Free Labor) – Steven Shea

Steven Shea, Filmmaker: If you’re going out to be a grip or an electric, go work on The Avengers. While they’re hiring a hundred grips and they’re hiring two writers.

Film Courage: We had this comment come in the other day under one of our videos and it’s ‘The thing that no older quote “successful artist” understands is that just make it is not an option when you are a young artist and have to work in a cafe part-time to survive.’ 

Steven: I feel like there’s a lot of people that give that advice Just go out and make it, go out and make your thing and it’s definitely a blessing and a curse. If you go out with your friends and you make something that is absolutely atrocious that everyone thinks is funny but then you show it to someone else and they’re kind of like Well, you can’t show anybody this, it’s terrible. it’ll make you look bad. You don’t want to do that, especially at the beginning. I had that situation out with one of our projects where we did a whole proof of concept and spent a lot of money and did a lot of time and energy and work and we did it the best we possibly could. Then we showed it to some bigger people and they were like Well this is bad. You can’t show anyone this and it was like oh okay and we had to pull it you know we had to recut it and tighten it up and not show it to anyone because they were like this is detrimental to your career if you’re looking to build a career off of this this isn’t going to help you out and so at some point you have to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Image from Surviving Supercon by Steven Shea
Image from Surviving Supercon by Steven Shea
Image from Surviving Supercon by Steven Shea


International Award-Winning, STEVEN SHEA has been working in the entertainment industry since he was 16 years old. Starting out in the local television market in the Florida Keys where he grew up, he eventually made his way to Orlando where he founded Abyssmal Entertainment in 2002. His first feature film he wrote and directed, “The Night Owl”, was distributed globally in the Summer of 2005. In 2008, “Hoodoo For Voodoo”, Steven’s 2nd feature he wrote and directed was released on DVD. Steven garnered some awards on the international festival circuit with the horrific short film “2:22” in 2009, which has been distributed through Hulu & FearNet. “Doomsday County” is a horror anthology film that he co-directed and produced that was released worldwide through Troma Inc in 2013. The comedy web series “The Interrogationists” was released in the summer of 2014 through Funny Or Die. His latest feature is the Documentary “Surviving Supercon” that was completed in 2019. Steven had directed over 25 music videos, for such artists as Kitty In A Casket, The Hellfreaks, The Dollyrots, The Attack, The Bloody Jug Band, WhiteQube and The Crazy Carls. As an award winning photographer, Steven has directed and shot such talent as Harrison Ford, Louise Fletcher, Roger Corman, Deepak Chopra, Lin Shaye, Mark McGrath, Denise Richards, Vivica A. Fox, Rick Fox, Juliana Harkavy and many more. He was a Producer on the feature films Last Shift, Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, The Unbroken, Deadly Weekend, Two Days, and Andre the Butcher. As well as Producer for the Disney Channel series Game On! 

Steven’s latest film is SURVIVING SUPERCON, a zany behind the scenes look at how a rag-tag Mom & Pop organization pulls off one the biggest pop culture conventions in the United States.  










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