Campus Circle got a chance to sit down with the "The Shadow Effect" Director Amariah Olson who co-directed the film with his brother Obin Olson. The movie stars Cam Gigandet and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and is now On Demand, Digital HD and DVD.
What is it like working and directing with your brother? It’s what we have always done. I don’t know that we’d know how to do it any other way. There are positives, and sometimes some arguments, but at the end of the day, we get our films made and out to broad audiences through real distribution, so we are grateful.
Was there something specific that drew you to this project? What inspired you to create "The Shadow Effect?" I think what really inspired us was taking the next step in our film making process, which was to delve more into the psychological realm, the character realm. So while this is an action thriller at its core, and it should satisfy its genre fans, we think it offers another dimension. We hope that this will translate into a more engaging film.
Were there any films that influenced you during the process of filming "The Shadow Effect?" No really, we try to really focus on our craft, and not bring another director’s vision into the project. I think by osmosis there will always be that, but not intentionally.
The film deals with some pretty unique sci-fi topics like cell regeneration. I’d love to know a little more about your take on the topic and what about the concept specifically interests you. I think the brain, reconstructive surgery, and neural transmission devices are all a part of the future of mankind. I'd call it evolution. This is only one angle of that evolution, but I think it opens up questions for audiences about the morality of the inevitable evolution and the pros of it. There is always a positive and a negative, but how our future guides us will be the ultimate telling. This is something that I think a lot of sci-fi movies really touch on, and why they have such a strong audience base. Because let’s face it, if you go back 30-40 years and watch some of the old science fiction ("Star Trek" for example) and you look at the technology portrayed, much of it has passed and is now an everyday reality. So I think sci-fi films are really a future predictor, and that is what makes them so fascinating.
What was it like working with Cam and the rest of the cast? They were a very passionate cast under a very tight schedule. And through that, we really got some pressurized performances that added an explosive edge that really worked for this film. There are a few key dramatic scenes we are very excited to see the audience reaction to.
Are there any exciting, upcoming projects that you can share with us? “Body of Sin” is our latest thriller. It’s very sexy: beach locations, warm color pallets, some romance; it’s a diamond heist thriller. The film stars two very beautiful upcoming actresses, Elisha Kriis and Ellie Patrikios, who I’d expect to see in a lot of upcoming films. We were excited to take a break from the darker films we have been producing, and while this is still a thriller, it does have a much warmer vibe.
That all sounds great, and we are looking forward to checking it out. Thank you so much for speaking with Campus Circle today! It was truly a pleasure.
"The Shadow Effect" starring Cam Gigandet and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is now available on Demand, Digital HD, and DVD.
Synopsis: Obsessed with gene regeneration, and fascinated by the phenomenon of the waking dream, Dr. Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) explores the psyche of Gabriel Howarth (Cam Gigandet), a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. When Gabriel's dreams mirror political assassinations, he must race against the clock to not only save himself and his wife Brinn (Britt Shaw), but stop an experimental government program. With time running out, and Gabriel's life on the line, only Dr. Reese holds the key to unlocking the truth.