Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dead Central's Exclusive with Exists Director Eduardo Sanchez

Poster for the found footage Exists movie

Exist is described as, “Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.”

Since 2011 we have been following the latest latest bigfoot news regarding this found footage film. Initially we announced the Exists cast and the actor inside the Bigfoot costume, followed by Sanchez explaining the Exists trilogy, some Exists production footage and finished off with a great interview with with Sanchez prior to the screening at the SXSW 2014 film festival.

Just in time to promote the new DVD + Digital release of Exists, Eduardo Sanchez talks with Dead Central about some of his thoughts behind the movie. below are a few of our favorite excerpts.

Mr. Sanchez talks about showing the bigfoot:
“This is a monster movie, and for a monster movie to work, you need to show the monster. Even Jaws, which I think is one of the best monster movies ever made… everybody always talks about how you slowly reveal the shark, but by the end of Jaws, Spielberg showed the shark, man. I came out of that theater thinking to myself, ‘Man, I just saw a great white battle these guys!’ That’s what I wanted to do with Bigfoot. There have been a lot of Bigfoot movies before mine, but few of them have really convincing creatures. In fact, some of them don’t really show the creature at all. When you don’t show the creature, you’re kind of cheating the audience out of seeing what they’re there to see. I’m there to see the monster! To see how it moves! To see the monster action! I’ve never been 100% satisfied with anything that I’ve ever seen.”
...and about the look of the bigfoot:
“I’ve been studying the idea of how to make this film since I was a kid, ya know? I remember watching ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ and always critiquing that suit! The feet were all wrong! Even as a kid I was like, ‘Why did they make the feet like that? It looks like he’s wearing flesh shoes!’ So from a very early age I was trying to figure out how to do this, and I remember seeing Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan. Rick Baker did the ape effects for that film, and I’ve always used that as an example of how to do it right. When you look at those apes… man, they look really authentic. It’s not just the suit though; it’s the way that they’re lit, the way that they’re shot, etc. When it came time to make Exists, I knew what I wanted and, more importantly, what I didn’t want. When I saw the suit and especially when I saw Brian [Steele] in the suit, even as someone who helped design the look of the creature, I was blown away. It totally worked. This didn’t look like a human in a suit. This looked like a creature. From there it was all a matter of saying, ‘Okay, what’s the best way to show this off but not completely over-expose it?”
There's a few more gems at Dread Central including Edwards Sanchez'z next projects. Click the following link to get to Dread Central's Exclusive: Director Eduardo Sanchez Talks Exists

The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand.

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