I caught up with Terrence Edmonds to talk about his latest project — Wicked Enigma — a series that he’s created with his partner Jake Doull.
What was your inspiration for this story?
Throughout my years in the entertainment industry, I’ve noticed a lack of representation when it comes to LGBTQ characters. Don’t get me wrong, there have been quite a lot of shows recently that are opening up to the idea, but usually the characters are the ‘token gay’ and never leading the show.
Growing up as bisexual, I’d always wanted to see someone I can relate to as a main character. So, I decided to stop waiting for ‘someone’ to make this vision come true. I chose to green-light myself and write roles and voices where there are none.
Wicked Enigma is a murder mystery centred around a gay love story, following our main characters as one struggles with keeping murder a secret while his counterpart’s secret sexual orientation is being threatened to be exposed.
It’s a story about relationships and makes you ask the question — How well do you know your friends? Because when everyone has a motive, who do you suspect?
You’ve filmed the first three episodes — what was the production process like?
Filming the first three episodes was a challenge, especially coming from limited funds, not enough hands, and many scheduling issues with cast members. Keep in mind, this is a passion project and there was no money to be made in the beginning.
One obstacle we faced in particular was losing our location for Episode One the day before we were scheduled to begin. While this made us furious, you can’t exactly force someone to allow you to follow through with their word. We scrambled around and luckily we found a wonderful woman on AirBnB who let us rent her place for the longest two days of our lives.
After that, the remaining two episodes were easier to deal with, and we were even able to make a deal with a sound stage, Nvisionate Studios.
What was the casting process?
The casting process may have been eight hour days and a month long, but we enjoyed every minute of it. We auditioned over 500 people for the roles in our series and while some were difficult to choose from, there’s something so magical when an actor is creative enough to bring your written character to life.
I’d have to say that casting Charlotte Williams as Sasha Withers had to have been the easiest, with Chanel Bosh as Britney Jenkins as a close second. We’d seen so many girls for these roles, but when these two walked in and delivered their scenes with such confidence and personality we knew they wanted the role as much as we wanted them to have it.
You’re releasing the first three episodes as part of a crowd-funding campaign. Why was crowd-funding the right solution for you to make this project happen?
We knew we couldn’t afford to fund the whole season on the microbudget we had. I’d recently guest-starred on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, so I decided to invest that money into making my vision a reality.
The original idea was to pitch it around and sell it, but we quickly found out that selling the project would mean giving up all creative rights. This is a passion project, something I wanted to see done right. Turning to crowdfunding gives us creative control.
If everything goes to plan, how many episodes are you planning?
If we can successfully crowdfund $30K we’ll continue to shoot the remaining 12 episodes. There are so many loving, endearing, heart wrenching, and comedic moments ahead for our heroes who aren’t so innocent. We’re hopeful that we’re able to showcase these characters and the amazing talented actors that we have in our cast.
Who are some of your film heroes or inspirations?
Some of my cinematic heroes include Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, Marc Cherry, and Joss Whedon. Growing up, I always found myself attracted to their art and creative voices. I hope that one day I’ll be able to work alongside them — with the exception of Wes Craven, rest in peace.
What do you hope that people feel when watching Wicked Enigma?
Hopefully people feel a sense of familiarity with Wicked Enigma and able to enjoy the story that unfolds between our heroes. Yes, there will be blood, but there are also comedic moments, blackmail, and even a story of coming out and facing your fears. I hope that everyone contributing and supporting us is able to say that they helped make dreams come true.
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The men of Edgar Murillo
I caught up with artist Edgar Murillo to admire the men that have been inspiring his work.
When did you discover and begin to explore your passion for art and illustration?
I discovered it from birth. I was born deaf and it was difficult for me to communicate with my family, so I used papers and pencils to draw to be able to communicate something. I draw every day, and I’m very happy.
How would you describe your style of illustration?
Honestly, I don’t know what my style is – I draw different types of drawings and I keep making more drawings with new styles. The important thing is that people like it a lot.
Who are some of your heroes or artistic inspirations?
SilverJow, Kimjunggius, and Nesskain – you must follow him!
Are the men you draw hyper-masculine?
Yes – I’m a pogonophile – I love furry!
The inspiration comes from my imagination, friends, movies, and social networks. The majority of men that I draw are from Barcelona, others from America.
Do you accept commissions?
Not yet. I’m focused on making movies, and several other projects.
What do you expect people to feel when they look at your work?
Hypnotised! Some people have told me that they find my drawings arousing.
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