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Shane Kuhn

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Shane Kuhn is a writer, director, and producer with fifteen years of experience working in the entertainment business and advertising. He is also one of the original cofounders of the Slamdance Film Festival.

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Shane Kuhn Thank you! My three favorite movie assassins are Leon from The Professional, Nikita from La Femme Nikita, and The Jackal (played by Edward Fox) from…moreThank you! My three favorite movie assassins are Leon from The Professional, Nikita from La Femme Nikita, and The Jackal (played by Edward Fox) from The Day of the Jackal. The beauty of these characters is that they could not be more different, despite sharing the same career. When I created John, I wanted to create a completely new type of assassin character - totally original. So, I think the way in which I was inspired by those three characters was to be challenged to be unique instead of following the usual hit man cliches. (less)
Shane Kuhn Hi! *waves back* Thank you for loving my book. It's nice to hear as I'm currently in the dark night of the soul toiling on a new novel. Yours is a…moreHi! *waves back* Thank you for loving my book. It's nice to hear as I'm currently in the dark night of the soul toiling on a new novel. Yours is a very good question because characters are EVERYTHING in any kind of story. I have kind of an interesting method for developing mine. When I was in film school, I learned a lot about writing characters from the acting teachers that did visiting lectures. From them I learned that actors can't truly play any role in a convincing way without actually becoming the role. Let's use Daniel Day Lewis as an example. He actually becomes every role he plays. And this is something we have done our whole lives, especially as children. So, when I'm building a character for a story, I pretend I am that person. I'll spend hours on walks or meditating, trying to think like the character I want to create. The beauty of it is, as human beings, so much of our lives are similar and relatable, regardless of our age, gender, ethnicity, etc. That's the reason empathy exists! So, I get into each character's skin and, based on motivations (the most important character trait in a story), I develop a personality and a belief system based on those motivations. If you are writing about Napoleon, you have to consider his motivation to acquire power on a massive scale. Based on this motivation, how would he behave in person? What would he have to believe? What would be his greatest wants and fears? This makes characters human beings and therefore relatable to us as their creators and as the people who read about them. And to speak to your other questions, experience definitely does play a part. We learn so much about the people we know, even fleetingly, and our brains dutifully store all of that information. So, yes, I will incorporate character traits that I have encountered in the people I know or know about, but I never base any characters based wholly on one person. Usually, it's a mixed bag of traits that come together to build a character. So, if you're a writer and you want to create a character, do everything in your power to become that person in your mind, and you'll see how it's possible because of what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious. Thanks for the great question!(less)
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Jon: Shane, I’m a huge fan of the your John Lago books so I need to know, are we going to see more of him?

Shane: Absolutely. I will never abandon my soul brother John and soul sister Alice. Read more of this blog post »
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“Sometimes pain can bring about clarity and remind us we’re still breathing.”
Shane Kuhn, The Intern's Handbook

“Clarity equals victory. Look at successful people. Do you really think they have seven effective habits? Fuck no. Who’s got time for that? They have one effective habit: DOING. When you are a ‘doer’ you lap the rest of the rats in the race.”
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“That's what I love about you. You're a freak. Like me.”
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