Christian Sesma is an indie filmmaker who broke out in the independent action scene in 2009 with his film Shoot the Hero! Starring Jason Mewes and Danny Trejo. He has made waves with his two-episode web series The Vigilante Diaries in 2013 for Chill.com and coming this Friday, a feature film version of the web series will be released in theaters and iTunes. World Film Geek chatted with Christian via phone interview to discuss the film.
First, I wanted to thank you for taking the time out of schedule to talk about The Vigilante Diaries.
Definitely, my pleasure.
For those who are unfamiliar, The Vigilante Diaries started as a web series. How did that come about?
Well, during Comic-Con, I met with Paul Sloan (co-writer and actor who plays the titular Vigilante) and we were both in-between projects and we wanted to come up with a crazy action series and I called up my good friend Jason Mewes and we got right ahead to work on it. It went to Chill.com and it just ended like that.
What led to the making a feature film version?
It’s a year later after the series ended and we met up with some producers who saw the footage we didn’t complete and they said, “why don’t you shoot an hour of extra footage” to make a feature film version and it was so much fun shooting it.
The core cast from the web series return for the film version, but adds to the mix Michael Jai White (who plays the villain Barrington), Michael Madsen (above right, who plays Moreau), and even Danny Trejo (who plays bar owner Crazy Joe in a cameo)? How did they come on board for the film version and what was it like working with them?
Well, we actually know a lot of the guys, like Mike Madsen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (who plays Wolfman) and Chavo Guerrero (who plays Tex-Mex) and Danny Trejo so I think it was great that we did this project with our friends. It just made the shoot so much fun to do and especially Michael Jai White, who plays the typical villain and he’s the set up for the character of the Vigilante so it truly was fun to shoot.
What would you consider your favorite part of filming the movie?
I would have to say shooting in new media. I’ve always been a big fan of action genres like Die Hard and you know, Jason Bourne and bringing this to life I decided to go for it all. As an action filmmaker, an indie action filmmaker, that’s always a fun thing to shoot using different media.
I wanted to bring action, comedy, and all that in the film. I always thought of the project as episodic, so we did the one then episode 2 so this make this a feature length film as a third act. And being able to make this a feature film definitely would make this a favorite for me.
Would you want to do a sequel and if so, is there anyone you would like to add to the cast this time?
Well, I definitely want to see the film hit places like Amazon and Hulu as I had that mind of making this a series like Banshee and others, and I had so much fun I would definitely love to do a sequel and I would love to have Michelle Rodriguez appear in it.
I would agree with that. She would make a good fit for this type of project.
Oh definitely [laughs].
Finally, do you have a message for the fans?
A message for the fans, yes. I made this film for action film fans such as yourself and I and I hope everyone will get a chance to see it.
Once again, thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule and fans can look forward to the film this Friday.
No problem and I hope everyone gets to see the film.
The Vigilante Diaries will be released in select theaters and iTunes this Friday, followed by a DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD release on July 5th from Anchor Bay Entertainment. A special “Thank You” goes out to Katrina Wan PR and Christian Sesma.