The Wicked Enigma of murder
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.
You’ve released the first three episodes of Wicked Enigma – what’s the response been like?
The feedback we’ve received for the first three episodes has been overwhelmingly positive. We knew we’d created something special, but couldn’t have expected how people would react to it. People who have seen it are hooked! We’ve received plenty of emails and messages asking when they’ll be able to watch the rest and speculating who really switched the bullets to murder Julie and why.
The writing seems to be catalyst as to why everyone is so drawn into our story, which is a huge compliment that truly warms my heart. One of my favourite responses when I tell people I’m producing a series is the utter shock at how professional the quality actually is. Most people tell me they were expecting a cliched YouTube video that you make with your friends, as opposed to something they would binge watch on Netflix.
Of course, the internet is a massive universe and getting our series out there has been difficult, but once the series is complete I’m even more confident that we’ll find the right platform that will be able to deliver this to a broader audience.
To continue the project, you’ve sourced funding through KickStarter – how was that experience for you?
It was no easy victory! We prepped our campaign two months in advance to ensure we had enough content and ideas for every day our KickStarter campaign ran. The first 72 hours started off strong, but in the middle of our campaign we began to worry as our personal reach didn’t seem to be quite enough. I spent every day of the campaign emailing and reaching out to people I’ve never met before.
Thankfully, we were blessed to have a few people reach out to us expressing their love for our series and investing large amounts. It was a tremendous amount of hard work, but you can’t reach your goal without it. In the end, I can honestly say I would not like to try my hand at crowd-funding again.
How much content have you produced?
We’re currently still in production, with 15 episodes in mind, each running between 12-15 minutes. It’s come up in our production meetings that we may fair better by combining every two episodes, resulting in an eight episode season. Our main focus as of right now is completing and doing the story-line justice.
How will you be distributing the remaining episodes of Wicked Enigma?
Once we wrap season one of Wicked Enigma, we’ll start post-production, and begin looking for distributors. Personally, I’m not fond of audiences being able to binge-watch a series because then no one is on the same page. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to have a conversation with someone about a show only to find out that they’re way behind me and it’s impossible to talk about the show without spoilers. I miss the days of water-cooler talk where people reflect on the most recent episode they’ve seen. Especially when it comes to who-done-it murder mysteries – it’s extremely important to be able to have that week of space to contemplate where the story is headed and who is responsible for the death of Julie Bordner. We’re anticipating a late 2019 release, but wouldn’t mind a few bidding wars stalling that.
You’ve co-created this series with your partner Jake Doull – any challenges in balancing a personal and a creative partnership?
Honestly, this experience has brought us closer together. Being able to work creatively with my partner is our ultimate dream. We both have the same mindset and focus when it comes to what we’re trying to achieve, and knowing that the other loves and supports the same vision is priceless.
I think what works in our favour is that we both bring such different things to the table. Jake excels at the post-production aspect when it comes to the technical stuff and editing, where as I excel at the storytelling and acting. You would think that a business venture between lovers would cause chaos and bad blood, but in fact it’s been the exact opposite.
Is this the end of the Wicked Enigma story, or is there more blood to spill?
You’ll just have to tune in to find out how the story plays out!