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Catching Up with Teen Horror Director Emily DiPrimio

Catching Up with Teen Horror Director Emily DiPrimio

You may remember last year when we told you about Emily DiPrimio, a teen director who wrote and directed her own slasher movie inspired by her favorite 80s flicks. But if you think that’s all DiPrimio has been up to since then, think again. After completing production on her highly publicized debut feature, Carver, DiPrimio entered a six second scare competition put on by Crypt TV. Her short, The Director, placed second out of thousands of entries and it was then that CEO of Crypt TV Jack Davis approached DiPrimio about doing a series. From there, her new series Violet was born.

Kate Krantz, Director of Content for Crypt TV has been overseeing the process and has nothing but praise for the young talent, telling me via email, “Emily has such specific vision, taste, and undeniable talent to tell stories that resonate. Realizing that she was just 15 when this project came our way was mind blowing. A series of this breadth is a huge undertaking and Emily met the challenge with grace. She handles herself and projects with unbelievable professionalism. We’re grateful to host a series like Violet on Crypt TV. This is just the start for Emily.”

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Emily and her team appear to never shy away from a challenge including having successfully crowdfunded her feature film debut. Now that she was working with a well known brand on her next project, I asked how the experience of making Violet was different. “Carver was my first time directing,” she notes. “Needless to say, I was a little nervous being in charge for the first time and it showed the first couple of days on set. I needed to find my confidence and my voice as a leader. By the time Carver wrapped, I had a firm grasp of how I want my sets to run and how to manage all of my resources. When the time came for me to begin Violet, I was better prepared and I was more confident in what I was doing.”

DiPrimio describes the series as “a supernatural journey of vengeance” and it was important to her to create complex characters at the center of each episode. “When I am creating a new project it is important to me to have strong female characters. I am very proud of my final girl in Carver and I wanted to follow that up with an even stronger female lead. I make sure that the characters I write are not one dimensional and that there are many layers to them. Violet is strong, but vulnerable. She is in control, but reckless. And even though Violet is a supernatural being, she is relatable because she possess many human faults.”

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Finally, I asked what is the status of Carver, the film that, in a lot of ways, started it all? “I am excited to announce that Carver is now available for pre-order at my website,” says the writer/ director. “I am extremely proud of what my crew and I accomplished on a micro-budget. We shot the entire film in 19 days and that is a testament to the incredible people I had working with me on Carver.”

Watch the latest trailer for DiPrimio’s feature film debut, Carver, right nowViolet premieres on Crypt TV Saturday, November 28.

All images courtesy of Emily DiPrimio/ Little Red Wagon Films.

Clarke Wolfe writes Horror Happenings for Nerdist every Sunday. You can follow her on Twitter @clarkewolfe.

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