In 2016, filmmaker Max Perrier made his directorial debut with “Feed the Devil.” Scheduled to be released by Uncork’d Entertainment this August, the script centers on a couple who are forced to confront the evil forces behind a Native American myth. Recently, Max spoke about his experiences working in film and in the entertainment industry in general.

Inspiration. 

Blasting News (BN): What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

Max Perrier (MP): At first it was the dream state I’m in when I leave a movie theater. The way music, actors and editing all fool you into thinking you're gone to another world. It's a complex, beautiful trick to pull.

After that, I wanted to try it myself. You’re watching people's reaction to watching people. Playing with that for effect seemed powerful stuff  and I liked how tough it looked to pull off perfectly which never totally happens but keeps you wanting to. It's such a cool art form to play with.

BN: What are your favorite kinds of Movies

MP: Movies with plots that contain an expedition, a trip, a mission, traveling, etc. Also, ones that manage to strike the perfect pace, going from a strong actor performance stand-alone type scene to an action sequence seamlessly.

BN: Growing up, what movies had the biggest impact on you? Why? 

MP: “Jaws,” “Amadeus,” “Mosquito Coast,” “Aliens,” “The Shinning,” “Clockwork Orange,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Psycho,” “The Birds,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Scarface,” and old French films too.

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These movies are visually striking and have good acting and good directing.

Debut.

BN: What appealed to you about "Feed the Devil”?

MP: I liked the idea of wilderness grinding a man's hopes down to nothing. If you drive north long enough roads start to disappear, you see endless forests, Native Americans, mines, wild animals, no power... a lot like the Wild West of the old days. You got this thick forest stretching for hundreds of miles without anyone in sight. Horrible things can happen there without anyone ever knowing. It's a great setting to push characters to their limits.

BN: What is your dream project?

MP: A character-driven, action-rich, period film with events that transcended their time and which are relevant today. Period-set films that manage to entertain a broad audience can be magic; they’re like time travel which makes the movie experience even more surreal. It opens the door to myth-like visual imagery. It's both a challenge and a true candy-store for storytelling.

BN: So far, what has been the most rewarding thing about being involved in the movie industry? 

MP: Feedback from film fans, good or bad.

There are a lot of people that love movies enough to watch all they can a get hold of. Most don't care about production context; they base their impression on the end result. So when a scene, a line, or an image from my movie gets traction on its own and generates a reaction, it's a sign the film has life on its own and the potential to grow on people. 

Future.

BN: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention? 

MP: In the pipeline are a rags-to-riches bootlegger film noir set in the 1920s, a ghost horror piece based on a novel by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, and a street gang story set in Detroit which is a loose adaptation of a piece by French author Henri LaBarthe.

BN: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the film industry, especially as a director?

MP: Do it like it's the first and last movie you'll do; lots of risks and a fresh mind like it's the first but with no hurries and no regrets like it's the last one. A mindset like this will likely make a name stand out more in the long run. Compromise and outside pressure are two creative evils waiting to get you so it becomes a question of outsmarting them.