I recently had the opportunity to talk with director Jeremy Wechter about his feature film debut, 'e-demon' and the great lengths that it took to make this film a reality. You might see 'e-Demon' as a rip-off of films like 'unfriended' or 'Searching,' just meant to be a cash-grab, but You would be wrong, so wrong. It turns out Wechter directed a short film in 2007 using the video chat concept, and he wrote 'E-Demon' back in 2012, a few years before 'Unfriended' came into existence. The reason that you only see 'E-demon' coming out in 2018 is that this was the truest definition of micro-budget indie film. Wechter won't disclose the exact budget, but it is easily much lower than the $1 million studio funded budget of 'Unfriended.' Lacking studio backing Wechter had a long road ahead of him when it came to post-production, but like many first-time horror directors before him, he worked for years to make his vision a reality, and it seems to be paying off very well so far. Jeremy recently won Best Director in the New York City Horror Film Festival and has received killer reviews from Bloody-disgusting, Horror Fuel, & Horror Cult Films.
Top 3 Horror films?
A Nightmare On Elm Street
What was your inspiration for E-Demon?
Well, the initial idea was practical. I had made a lot of short films, and I wanted to make a feature. I came up with the concept of the video chat movie, which was prior to 'Unfriended.' I had it completely filmed before 'Unfriended' and had the actors sign NDAs because I thought the idea was innovative. Time became the enemy in post-production.
Practical effects or CGI?
From a filmmaking perspective I’d say practical, and from an audience perspective, I’d say that it depends on how good it is. At the end of the day if you can create something in-camera that looks good, then go for it, but there are a lot of practical effects from the early 80's that don't look so good.
Studio or Indie Filmmaking?
I'm open to all films and all genres. Quality movies come in all sorts of packages. As a filmmaker and script consultant, I am open to it all. I think one can learn a lot from movies that they wouldn’t necessarily see on their own.
So E-Demon isn't just a regular film experience?
No, there's a really deep mythology and backstory for the demon itself and how the demon was responsible for certain historical events and expanded on the film with trans market media, which is already. They can check it out on our YouTube Channel or EDemonResistnaceNetwork.com. There are Q&A's, Blogs, Pages from Website that follow the characters. There's plenty of content and a lot of detail in this movie, and if people want to dig deeper into the film, they'll have to pause the film at certain times to find out some secrets of the world.
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Make sure to check out E-Demon, available now on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, & Vudu or via your local TV Provider.