Director Michael Mohan discusses Immaculate

Director Michael Mohan discusses Immaculate

March 30, 2024 A DGA Membership Screening Q&A in Los Angeles

A devout young nun’s assignment in a remote convent becomes a profile in terror in Director Michael Mohan’s thriller, Immaculate.

Mohan’s film tells the story of Cecilia, an American nun who is offered a new role at an illustrious convent in the picture-perfect Italian countryside. Once there, her dream assignment quickly turns into a living nightmare when she discovers her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

On March 30, after the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles, Mohan discussed the making of Immaculate during a Q&A moderated by Director Adam Robitel (Escape Room: Tournament of Champions).

During the Los Angeles conversation, Mohan spoke about decisions he made as he visualized scenes while reading the script.

“I knew the ending. I knew the ‘Madonna thing.’ I was like, ‘Okay. These are two hero moments of the movie. Protect those with your life and work the script around them because those are the things that can be unique to this film that can’t exist in any other movie.’ Whereas, the nuts and bolts are like, ‘Uh oh! Bad things are happening at this convent.’ You can shoot that any number of ways, and it’ll be fine. So, that was something I tailored to the schedule. We had six weeks. We typically go into prep already having shot listed and then we tinker from there obviously. But with this one it was not that at all.”

Mohan’s other directorial credits include the feature films Save the Date and The Voyeurs; and episodes of Everything Sucks! He has been a DGA member since 2016.




Pictures

Q&A photos by Quintin Lundy – Print courtesy of Neon

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