Postmedia caught up with the filmmakers by phone.
Q: How did you come to this movie?
Derek: It came to the point where we needed to make feature films but the first script we wrote was a $20-million sprawling international action film, and no one was going to fund that for two unknowns.
Clif: We didn't come to it saying we'd like to make a found-footage movie ... And then just find some random thing and plug it in there because it's a cheap way to do it. For us it was in the context of the supernatural creature in our film. Often that's a story told in cinematic, stylized, and often melodramatic language.
The thing that was really exciting about it was, wow, if we approached this from a realistic perspective, and reimagined what this would look like if it happened in real life, what if we tried to make it feel much more biological and have this really gritty documentary-style look at it, where all of a sudden people feel they're watching real life, and see spectacular things happen within that frame? That was core to the concept.
Q: It must be challenging to be the directors and actors at the same time.
Clif: Most of the time one of us is holding the camera on the other which allows you to step back at that point and be the director. The toughest scenes were where it was the two of us on screen at the same time. At that point you have to leave your directing assessing hat at the door and just be in the scene.
Q: And you did it with a pretty small crew?
Clif: There were seven people, most of them doing the job of an entire department. The cinematographer had to light a nighttime action sequence on a street with four small lights.
Q: And yet you managed to go to Europe to shoot it.
Derek: We had the audacity to shoot a $300,000 action horror film on location in Western Europe. It's actually an idiotic concept.
Clif: The boon of doing it documentary style was there was a small crew and less gear, so we can fly to Europe. If you're shooting a $300,000 Canadian movie, that often means you're in a house, shooting in 15 days. We had 30 days in Western Europe.
Q: What's next? Derek: "We're writing our next feature film. It's an action film, in a darker horror vein, psychological and tormented. Not found footage. I miss music so much. We want to get back to aggressive, wide-angle dolly shots ... We want to create our own voice that is more true to what we've been making until now.
“Literally, we (the cast, which besides Olejnik and Esmer includes Lauren Lee Smith, Melanie Scrofano, Anthony Lemke and Rainbow Sun Francks) found out only four or five days before the announcement,” Olejnik said.
“It's still kicking in that the show is done, and it's still kicking in that I even was on a show that went for 65 episodes, and I was in 90% of it," Olejnik said. "That's insane to me. It still blows my mind. I'm just grateful.
“It comes down to eyeballs, it comes down to the network supporting it, and the producers producing it, and the people watching it. I'm still learning what it means to be an actor, and what purpose it serves society and history. But I've learned so much over these years that will be invaluable to me in my lifetime, just as a human being.
“To all the 'listeners' (viewers) out there, I want to thank them deeply from the bottom of my heart, for making a little Nova Scotia boy's dreams come true."