Cody Heuer is an actor in television and indie films who also is a noted musician who has also taken to stage on occasion. His latest role comes in the form of Mark, a cameraman for a YouTube adventure channel whose life will change forever in the horror film The 16th Episode. The film comes to select theaters, VOD, and Digital on June 28th from Gravitas Ventures.
World Film Geek had the opportunity to speak with Heuer about making the film.
Thank you so much Cody for talking about The 16th Episode. I saw the film and it was very tense, but I also liked the beats of comedy mixed in with it. It gave something fresh to the film.
That’s great to hear. I think when it comes to horror films, the audience sometimes needs a break from being terrified. I think as you’re getting scared, if you can tell a joke, then it will all come naturally.
What inspired you to take on the role of Mark in The 16th Episode?
It’s a funny story. I was given the script and I saw that the character of Mark was a bit funny and I can relate to that. When I get nervous or feel angry, I use humor as a defense mechanism. I’m a guy who doesn’t like conflict. I feel like there’s a real connection in terms of this character.
The film has really good chemistry between you, Einar Kuusk (right), and Rebecca Ramon (left) as this trio of YouTubers on a quest. What was it like working with Einar and Rebecca?
They were great to work with. Rebecca has this energy that is amazing. When the three of us are together and Einar and I try to figure her out, she brings this manner that becomes somewhat terrifying. But she is very protective and at the right moments, she can be very lady like. There was this balance with her character and it worked really well for her.
As for Einar, it is like two brothers given a chance to play around and that’s what it felt like. He’s a filmmaker himself and he’s got a very sharp eye for things. There were times that he would watch Jerome (Cohen-Olivar, the film’s director/producer/writer) and Einar would make suggestions to help Jerome make the film look better. It felt like I was working with a brilliant fellow. I noticed that the two of us could start emulating each other’s quirks. He would say one thing and I would follow it up with a comeback continuously. We did so well together.
One thing that struck me was there was comic relief between you and Einar even with all the chaos that happens throughout the film. Was that something written or were you allowed free reign to an extent on the character?
Jerome let us come up with those jokes. He would let me come up with a joke and Einar would bounce off of that. And for the most part, Jerome liked them, but there were times when he felt like they couldn’t use particular jokes. He gave us a lot of improvisation. Einar would look at the script and come up with an idea and I would be the one to come up with the comic bits. We would use several cultural references. There was one bit I made a joke involving One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I wanted to use it, but Jerome didn’t like the idea. Einar asked Jerome if he knew what I was referencing. But, for the most part, we were given a lot of room to play around with.
What was like it like shooting in Morocco?
It was similar to other sets I’ve been on. I would go on the set and the crew did everything they could because they spoke little English and I knew only a few words in French and Arabic. When I was on the set, I knew everybody, I knew what I was going to say. But when I was not on the set, it felt like a whole different world because I didn’t know what to do or say. So, there were moments when I felt a bit uncomfortable. When I’m in cities like Dallas, I can walk around and do whatever, but here, it felt so different. In Casablanca, I was very limited in what to do.
The only other big thing was that we were shooting from 5:00pm to 5:00am. So, my biological clock was way off. They would set up the lights, so it felt like we were shooting in the afternoon. Inside the house, it looked like we were shooting in the afternoon, but we went outside the house, it was actually 3 o’clock in the morning.
Finally, are there any new projects you can talk about?
Well, I am glad to say that since this movie, Einar and I are actually working on some scripts together. We do have a film planned in which he would direct and I will be writing. What’s great is that we don’t really argue or have too many disagreements. He would come up with an idea and I wouldn’t like or vice versa. Then, instead of getting mad at each other, we would talk it out and eventually compromise. And that’s the cool thing about this partnership. So yeah, we are getting some projects planned out.
I can’t wait to see what comes out of this partnership because you guys worked so well in this movie. The 16th Episode comes out in theaters, VOD, and Digital on June 28. Anyone who loves horror but also likes beats of comic relief will definitely enjoy this film. Thank you so much Cody again for talking about it.
Thanks for having me.
A Special Thank You goes to Katrina Wan PR and Cody Heuer for making this interview possible.