Why Stories Need Evil – Steven Shea

Steven Shea, Filmmaker: I mean you have the famous quote from Spaceballs Evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

Film Courage: Why is evil important in storytelling?

Steven: I think evil is important in storytelling because it’s a real thing. I think a lot of people try to hide that there isn’t evil in the world and I think that’s a disservice because you want to explain both sides of every story to try to give the best thought process for it you can. Especially as a father now that we have a son (he’s 11) and we are homeschooling him. You kind of get to pick and choose how you explain things to him, how you decide like critical race theory is a big argument right now. We definitely try to explain both sides of every story. It’s like this is what really happened, this is the truth, we’re not going to candy coat it. We’re not going to make up some fairy tale and evil is real. You want people to know that, especially people that you’re educating and so I feel like in movies it’s important too because you want to root for someone. A lot of people like happy endings. I mean I like happy endings personally, my wife likes tragedies but that’s her. This battle of good and evil has been the tale as old as time back to the very beginning of existence. It’s always good versus evil…(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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