Here is the second part of my interview with Matt. Here you will get his insight into the show.
Matt Talks About his “Baby”
What is Squaresville?
The story of two best friends best-friend-ing.
Who is in your cast?
Mary Kate Wiles, Kylie Sparks, Austin Rogers, Tiffany Ariany, David Ryan Speer, and Christine Weatherup round out our regular cast.
What was your inspiration for the series?
Growing up bored in the suburbs, I never felt like any TV or movie got it right. There was always too much to do in those shows. The drama of my life came from trying to decide if I should walk the extra long way home with my friends, or only the kind of long way home so that I made it home in time for the first re-run of the Simpsons or Seinfeld. (Answer, watch the Simpsons at Greg’s (but remember to call your Mom to let her know once you got there) then wait for the first few minutes of Seinfeld to see if you’ve already seen it or not so that you can decide whether or not to book it and watch Star Trek: The Next Generation at home or not).
What were your reasons for wanting to make the series?
There wasn’t anything that really represented my feelings as a young person out there. It was all high-gloss drama, which is great on its own terms (ideally) but didn’t speak to a decidedly un-glossy, un-dramatic kid like me. I wanted to make a show I would have loved at that age.
So you Kickstarted to fund season 1, but shot the series before you had secured all the funds. What was that like and why did you do that?
That was the scariest thing I’d ever done. We had to shoot before Kickstarter had ended because there were circumstances that would incapacitate the production for at least six months, otherwise. Trust me, I would have much preferred waiting, as Kickstarter is a full time job. It was do or die, so I went for it. Also, to be clear, if we hadn’t made our Kickstarter goal, I would have been sunk. This was not a situation where I could have afforded to bank roll the show on my own. If we hadn’t made that money back, I would have basically been ruined. So hooray! We made it! It worked! Don’t do what I did!
Tell me about the casting process.
The casting process is a long, long, long one. We all have day jobs, so casting was something that occurred on weekends. We put up a break down, weed through headshots and resumes, call people in, call them back, mix them up with our cast, and see what sticks. We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary (other than do all the work ourselves) but you just have to be patient, and trust that you’ll find the right person.
What is a day on set like?
It’s the most exhausting, fun thing ever. As I’ve said, I know the majority of the crew very, very well. They’re old college buddies for the most part. We start pretty early, and while the crew sets up, I feel out how everyone is on their lines and character. I try to talk with the actors, maybe even rehearse, and then we’re off to the races. We shoot about 10-14 pages everyday (a movie shoots 2), we pack up, and do it all over again.
Which character do you relate the most to and why?
The main three (Zelda, Percy, Esther) are each a slice of my personality, but I think that Percy is the most clearly me. Though, I have Zelda’s stubbornness at my worst, and Esther’s Snark at my crankiest. Percy’s stories are the easiest for me, plot-wise, because he moves through the world so naively, which is very similar to me, even now.
If you haven’t seen the series, three reasons to watch.
Squaresville has: Laughs, smooches, and sarcasm in equal parts.
Any words you would like to say?
Excelsior, true believers.
The next two weeks, we will be hearing from Kylie Sparks one of the stars of the show. I have a feeling that you guys will become a big fan of hers like I have.