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Palmos - The Demon Inside
2015, 81m, comedy, experimental, horror
Alex likes to party, smoke weed and have some fun. One day walking by the street he is possessed by a powerful demon, now that he became a vessel he is going to infect people all over the globe with a demonic virus that transforms people in self mutilating paranoid freaks.
Cast: Regina Gaia, Alex Alonso, Victor Santos, Wesley Sousa, Rachel Munhóz
10 questions with Palmos - The Demon Inside director, Alexandre Alonso at the half-way mark.
Thursday, May 26th, 2016
1Hi Alexandre! Thanks for being a part of our 2016 Spring Festival. First, what was the initial idea that made you want to make Palmos? I always loved B-movies and gore. When I was 10 I did my first horror short. I always dreamed of this.
Some friends told me I should do it.
2This was your first feature film. How did you know you were ready? I don't know if ready is the thing because most of the time I was lost, to be honest. The first time is a mess, no matter what.
3What was your writing process like for this film? Actually, we did improvise most of the lines. I had a guide of the scenes.
4What is it that attracts you to the horror genre? What do you think about the current state of horror films? I love the supernatural feeling of these movies. I believe that there is a boom of horror in Brazil and people like Joel Caetano, Aragão and Furman are redefining the genre with awesome shorts and feature films.
Also, TV series are beeing made with so much perfection that is really hard not to watch.
5What was the biggest challenge making this film? Well, we had a lot of gore prosthetics and effects been produced on a very limited budget, so I believe that was the biggest challenge.
6What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? Wow, I believe it was Jurassic Park, i felt in deep love with the film.
7What's the biggest thing you learned from making this film? That everyone has a voice to be heard. Sometimes you have to change some things you had previously set and that can be frustrating. Most of it, how to deal and play on a low budget schedule.
8What is the indie film scene like in Brazil? Are there many Brazilian filmmakers? Yes!! And there are so many of them. Most of the problem here isn´t about doing the movie, but distribution is a long and painful ride.
9Getting your film seen is now the biggest challenge facing filmmakers today. What do you think about the current state of indie film and indie distribution? Well, there are some VOD platforms that really help us, but mainly our work get´s really seen on the festivals. We need help to showcase our work and sometimes it´s really hard to produce something that is lost on this huge thing called the web.
10What's next? I'm currently shooting the third season of my web series Alex.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time. The film is about the evolution of a couple's relationship, and was shot in three different countries over the course of a decade.
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