Backstage Interview | 85th Academy Awards

Short Film (Live Action)

CATEGORY: Short Film (Live Action)
INTERVIEW WITH: Shawn Christensen
FILM: "Curfew"


A. All right. You can scream it.

Q. So, we often hear that the Oscars is a life changing experience but for some people it's not. What are you hoping to get out of having this Oscar, and what did the nomination mean for you in terms of career and new opportunities?
A. Well, I would love to get a job. That would be the first thing that would be nice to get, and I think it would be nice to get into feature films and stay in short films because there's something amazing about the pressure in short films that I kind of enjoy on a torturous level.

Q. Congratulations.
A. Thank you.

Q. I saw your film.
A. Oh, in Short Shorts?

Q. Yes.
A. Oh.

Q. And did you go through the particular experience? It was very, kind of, dark, but funny.
A. Can I just say that that awards ceremony was so daunting for that festival. I literally was shaking in my boots on that one. It was an incredible festival you guys put on over there.

Q. It's not Academy big, but...
A. Yes. This is also on that, yeah. What was the question? Sorry.

Q. No. I said, like, was that particularly your experience that because the film was pretty dark.
A. Yes.

Q. You know, it was like a suicidal man, but it was funny, as well. Is that like something based on your own experience to a certain extent?
A. Well, I'll plead the Fifth a little bit on that one, but I will say that I just tried to find the sense of humor in the darkest moments.

Q. Hi, Shawn. Congratulations.
A. Thank you.

Q. The Academy has really embraced the short films this year more so than any year before. How do you feel about that and also what kind of hope does it give you for the short films categories in the future?
A. One thing that's incredible about what the Academy is doing for short films is even though we have all these avenues, VOD, Internet and everything, what's incredible is they release the films theatrically for an audience to enjoy all over the world internationally, and that, I have to really give them a big thank you for because to watch these films, these short films in theaters, there's nothing there's nothing like it.

Q. Congratulations.
A. Thank you.

Q. How does it feel now finally to be there at these Awards? I saw five of them altogether. What are you going through right now in your head, and is this all that you ever wanted since you were little?
A. I'm thinking about all my friends and family right now, you know. I'm thinking about hugging them and giving them a call after this thing and saying thank you for your support.

Q. Thank you and congratulations.
A. Thank you.


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