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411 talks with Shahin Sean Solimon About His New Film Alpha: The Awakening

November 16, 2017 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
Alpha: The Awakening

The 411 Interview: Shahin Sean Solimon

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Shahin Sean Solimon is an actor, writer, producer, and director who has made two movies so far, Djinn and Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage. Solimon’s latest movie is Alpha: The Awakening, a sci-fi horror flick inspired by the original The Twilight Zone TV series. Solimon recently spoke with this writer about Alpha: The Awakening, the recently released teaser trailer for the movie, and more.

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Bryan Kristopowitz: How did the idea for Alpha: The Awakening come about?

Shahin Sean Solimon: We did a costume test with myself and my daughter who is also rapidly becoming a great cinematographer in her own right. Based on that fun test I came up with a story and developed it into what it is. So, that black outfit I am wearing was the first concept of the film.

BK: How is Alpha: The Awakening influenced by The Twilight Zone?

SSS: The character driven sci-fi storytelling and mind-bending reveal at the end is totally inspired by those great 50’s and 60’s sci-fi shows and in my opinion masterful scriptwriting and filmmaking by those guys, mainly Rod Serling.

BK: What other influences, if any, informed Alpha: The Awakening? I see a sort of action video game influence in some of the imagery in the trailer.

SSS: Actually I did get a tad influenced by action video games to a certain degree. I don’t really play much, since they take a lot of time (ha ha) but mostly it’s just how I visualized the film. In this case I tried to make it unique and original.

BK: How different was making Alpha: The Awakening as compared to your last movie, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage?

SSS: Way different. That movie had a lot of people involved, very limited in schedule and budget. As my second film, I did the best I could, but had to settle for what I could shoot for Sinbad but I was still very happy to make it into what it came out to be, a retro Sinbad movie. Alpha is a bit more controlled and fun to make, which should be the case for any director.

BK: How long did it take to make Alpha: The Awakening, from writing the script to actually finishing the movie?

SSS: We are actually still in production and working on it. Lots of re-shoots left. It has taken a year or so from concept.

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BK: Where did you film Alpha: The Awakening?

SSS: It was mostly shot in NV and some in CA so far.

BK: What are the “Octaliens”?

SSS: You will have to wait and see.

BK: Is Alpha: The Awakening the first in a potential series of movies or is it intended as a standalone story?

SSS: It has actually been written as a three part movie, this is the second part. We will see how it goes after it is done and distributed. We may or may not actually develop a series from this.

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BK: When can we expect to see Alpha: The Awakening?

SSS: Sometime in 2018. Hopefully.

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I want to thank Shahin Sean Solimon for agreeing to participate in this interview and david j. moore for helping set it up.

Check out Shahin Sean Solimon’s website here and his Facebook page here.

All images courtesy of Shahin Sean Solimon.

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