The Shadow Hours: 'Best Fantasy Film' & 'Audience Choice' winner at Juggernaut
Congratulations to Kyle Higgins and all involved with The Shadow Hours. The short film won 'Best Fantasy Film' and 'Audience Choice' award at yesterday's Juggernaut Film Festival in Chcago.
There's an interesting interview with Kyle Higgins on Chicago Now, discussing the film - there could be a feature length film in the future!
Fantasy Queen: I've been lucky enough to watch The Shadow Hours in advance of the festival. It was so intriguing and suspenseful. What inspired you to tell this story?
Kyle: You know, it’s an idea I’d had for a long time. I knew I wanted to design it as something akin to Memento—a low budget, high-concept thriller that I could go shoot as my first feature. That said, as you can probably tell, it was a complicated one to figure out… which is part of why I set it aside. I’d come back to it from time to time, but it was something I just couldn’t seem to crack.
Then, a few years later, I was talking to a friend of mine, who happens to be a very well-respected feature writer, and I mentioned this idea to him. He barely blinked before he said “You have to figure out how to write that.” So, that really got me into it again, and I started coming at the concept from different angles.
Then, a few months later, I was both going through a breakup and feeling really burnt out on writing comic books. So, I decided to really throw myself into The Shadow Hours script, and also decided I would try and put together a version of it that could work as a short film. It’d been a few years since I directed anything, and I was really itching to get back to it. I may write comics for a living, but filmmaking is my first love.
Anyway, fast forward a year and we finished the short and started submitting it to festivals. The feature has still taken some time to figure out, but I’m close on the script. Which is great timing, as the short is starting to screen at more and more festivals.