Q&A with Michael Oshins, Director of “Wendy”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
We believe the entire team would relate to the monsters and characters of Guillermo Del Toro. “Pan’s Labyrinth” was a huge reference for our film Wendy. When we were pitching it early on, we would always say that it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Our director, Michael Oshins, wanted to be in the emotional point of view of this little girl, Wendy, as she navigated the obstacles posed by her imaginary friends. It’s story about a very internal conflict (the challenges of having to grow up) that are externalized through her imaginary friends. Michael wanted to talk about some very serious themes in a fun way that would be relatable to an audience.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
Bad ideas are part of the creative process. They are not really bad if they help you get to the good ideas. We were very fortunate to have a collaborative and creative writer on the team – Kevin Kennelly. Wendy is Kevin’s original idea and inspired by true events. Wendy was an actual girl who lived down the hall in Dublin, Ireland from Kevin. She had neglectful parents and often played by herself. Kevin realized she had to grow you quickly because her unique challenges. The Halloween world and characters were developed through Kevin and Michael’s collaboration on the script before shooting. Michael really wanted the world to feel authentic and designed practical effects whenever possible. The whole team gave input throughout the entire process from pre-production to the final film.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Our team definitely belongs to a filmmaking community and we all enjoyed playing in this genre. We enjoy connecting with other filmmakers and would love to get more plugged into the horror filmmaking community. If you enjoyed our film, please feel free to reach out to us! Wendy has an IMDB page and a Facebook page. You can also connect directly with our producer Ken Morris on his website – www.cineglitch.com
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Our director Michael Oshins and the rest of the team, looked at reference films for inspiration and as well as our own personal experiences as kids. We wanted to get in the mindset of this little girl. A big inspiration was each other. Not only do you cast your actors, but you also cast your core collaborators. Wendy is this fun film because of Kevin’s original story, the performances directed by Michael Oshins, the Halloween world photographed by Mark Jeevaratnam and the editing by Matt Allen. We would be happy to connect you with any of the core collaborators if you particularly enjoyed their work on the film.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
We would all try to help and befriend our main character, Wendy.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
In terms of making a movie, we all appreciated the hard work every department head put into making the movie so we would say that the Wendy team was a great horror filmmaking squad.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason. Stephen King. Definitely Practical! And Pre-Apocalypse
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
There are so many great ones. It’s hard to pick and I’m sure everyone on the team would give you a different answer. For the purposes of this interview, we would say “Pan’s Labyrinth” because it was a huge reference for the film.