Shawn Spina to showcase film at CuriousWorks event

Writer: Shawn Spina outside the Fairfield School of Arts. He is also a member of the PYT Actors Ensemble. Picture: Simon Bennett

Writer: Shawn Spina outside the Fairfield School of Arts. He is also a member of the PYT Actors Ensemble. Picture: Simon Bennett

In 2018, Shawn Spina was at a low point in his life.

The Bossley Park resident spent the majority of his time isolated at home without seeing or speaking to anyone for months on end.

It led to the creation of Sam. And Prone to the Drone - his Sydney Film Festival-selected short film.

The 23-year-old plays Sam in the film which tells the story of a young man that isolates himself in his home to get away from society. Sound familiar?

It isn't until a drone lands in Sam's backyard that he is forced to face two kids annoying him to get their drone back.

"My inspiration was to look at my own experience of depression and to look at how bad I was dealing with it from an outside perspective to show that things are as bad as it may be," he said.

"The story means a lot to me because it shows the chaoticness of my mind in a physical representation. I feel that there is a lot of humour in bad moments in my life which I'd like to see in most of my stories.

"I want Prone to the Drone to be a story that audiences can find the happiest of feels in dark moments."

Shawn is featuring his film at Urban Stories: Prototype: a showcase of new and developing work from CuriousWorks at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on November 12 at 6pm.

He first came across CuriousWorks in 2013 and was drawn to their "different way" of teaching people about filmmaking.

Shawn Spina in Prone to the Drone. Picture: Alexandra Olguin

Shawn Spina in Prone to the Drone. Picture: Alexandra Olguin

"Any workshop I attended back then was all theoretical talking about how a camera works and the idea filmmaking, but CuriousWorks had a different approach which was all about a hands on experience giving everyone a chance to hold the camera and learn by doing," he said.

"Being with CuriousWorks has taught me that, everybody has a story to tell and no matter who you are, your story matters."

Shawn, who got his first start as production assistant for for the 2015 film Riz, is currentlydeveloping a second story about self care.

He also wants to help other filmmakers on their journey.

And what would be his message to aspiring writers/actors?

"Nothing's easy, but if you try it, learn from it, and improve it, you may find what you want," he said.