'Hunter Hunter' Writer-Director Shawn Linden on the Horror of Battling Nature
December 18, 2020
Final Draft spoke with writer-director Shawn Linden on his survival-horror film, "Hunter Hunter" starring Devon Sawa and Nick Stahl. A fur-trapping family in the remote wilderness finds themselves in a battle with nature: a hungry and dangerous wolf.
The film's simple premise, along with a well-written, fast-moving script and a general claustrophobia created by Linden's direction ensures a chillingly realistic atmosphere of fear and danger. Leaning into the themes of trust, paranoia, and isolation, the environment itself becomes a character in this story of live-or-die-trying.
Like many filmmakers, Linden has spent time in different facets on sets, including an extensive resume within the art department. "It's a more practical use behind the camera because I'm aware of the nuts and bolts of how a film day works and how budgets work; I've been hardwired this way since my early twenties. That kind of awareness is always around when you're a writer-director: you have to maintain your vision despite the changes. The knowledge gives me a better idea of what I am able to do on any given day."
Written by: Vanessa KingVanessa King is an NYC-based producer, screenwriter, and professor who has worked in development with top-level industry talent for nearly two decades. Her work as a writer has received numerous awards, having earned her recognition from industry bodies including AMPAS/Oscar’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship (feature) and Sony Worldwide Entertainment’s Emerging Filmmaker Program (TV Series). In 2005, she co-founded the New York Screenwriters Co-Op, New York’s only free-to-the-public screenwriting workshop with over 2000 active members. Vanessa is faculty at Gotham Writer’s Workshop (NYC) and Staffordshire University (UK), where she teaches both television and screenwriting to students, beginner to post-graduate. She recently was Showrunner of the TV pilot “Two Roads”, a concept she co-created and co-wrote for Sony’s VUE Network. Vanessa is passionate about diversity and inclusion within the industry and was a consultant on Final Draft Screenwriting Software’s Diversity and Inclusion product build. She’s a board member of the Diversity List, amplifying top scripts written by female-identifying and BIPOC writers. She is a judge for the Hip Hop Film Festival, The UCLA Graduate Screenwriter’s Showcase and The 24 Hour Film Festival. She was named one of The Huffington Post’s 13 Women To Watch and for three consecutive years, has been named to Vanity Fair’s “Downtown 100”, a list that recognizing New York’s top networkers in the entertainment industry. Originally from Canada, she lives in New York City.