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Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Creator, Regan Latimer-Part 2!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

Before you continue, be sure to read part 1 of my interview with Regan Latimer. The following questions are all about the show itself.

Nerd: You created the show for a contest on Afterellen.com, how did you come up with the idea for the show?
Regan Latimer: I have always been a huge fan of the mystery and P.I. genre. The character of Fletcher has many aspects of my own personality…like her love for all things “Murder, She Wrote”, “Magnum P.I.” and her need to make things more exciting and complicated than they actually are.  I met up with Lindy (we’d wanted to work on a project together for a long time) and she, in true Lindy fashion, added a lot of the comical bumbling parts to Fletcher’s character. The contest was a perfect opportunity to put this idea into action!

N: What was is it like to win the contest?
RL: Amazing! It was a great opportunity for us that we have always been very appreciative of.

N: When you first created the show, did you think the show would make it three seasons? Why or why not?
When I first created the show, I originally plotted it out as three seasons…whether or not we actually got to make them was unknown at the time. I’m thrilled that we were able to bring the show to it’s intended conclusion….thanks to the fans support.

N: A basic summary of the show is really hard to come by. In your own words, what is B.J. Fletcher Private Eye (Fletcher) all about?
RL:  Fletcher is a wicked awesome web series centering on the investigatorial shenanigans of Private Investigator Beatrix Jane (B.J.) Fletcher and her best friend and assistant, Georgia (George) Drew. In a rollercoaster ride of action, comedy and drama, the series follows our dynamic female duo as they grapple with everything from running surveillance to going undercover to dealing with their often complex feelings for one another.  Comedy ensues.

N: How many hats do you wear for the show and what are they?
RL: Many hats – Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, Composer, all round wunderkind [German for child prodigy]…lol.

N: Where do you see the series going in the future?
RL: Well, Fletcher in its current incarnation comes to a conclusion at the end of Season 3. We will be putting it on DVD at some point. [Which I will totes buy all three seasons when they come out on DVD]  As for a future for the characters…who knows, there’s still plenty of adventures for these two to stumble their way through!

N: What is a typical day on set like?
RL: Our make-up and hair designer, Rikki Zucker, usually picks up Lindy and Dana and arrives on set first, along with myself and crew for the day.  Then, as I set up with the crew, Lindy and Dana run the scene (along with any other actors for the day) while getting into hair and make-up. We then rehearse a couple of times and shoot.  We’re usually pretty tight on time with locations and our actor’s schedules…but we do manage to have a few laughs in there for sure.

N: I’ve watched all the outtakes and behind the scenes videos that are up from the show, are there any outtakes/stories that didn’t make the reels or videos that stick out in your mind?
RL: There are always hilarious moments on set that stay with me – most of which do pop up in the outtake reel, because I don’t seem to have the ability to hit the pause button on the camera.  That said though, some of the most memorable moments from filming Fletcher are when we do the more dramatic scenes and I get to see Lindy and Dana stretch their dramatic skills.  Either way, it has been an amazing experience working with everyone involved with the series, and that is something I will definitely take away with me.

N: Favorite episode/scene from each season?
RL: Season 1, Episode 10…the roof scenes. Loved filming on that roof. Some great moments with Lindy, Dana and Vanessa.

Season 2, Episode 7…the pirate restaurant scene. One of the most hilarious Fletcher shoots…working with Lindy, Dana, Vanessa, as well as the two moms and Natasha (Marjorie), and the fabulous Carly who played the waitress. Laughs, laughs, laughs…a great day!

Season 3, Episode 5…well…you’ll see.

N: Are there any spoilers you can give us? [Can’t blame me for trying]
RL: Nice try…all I can say is, it’s got a wicked awesome ending you have to see to believe! Lock & Load!

Just like I suspected, I didn’t think I was going to get anything out of Regan either…well I guess that I got more out of her than I did Dana. I guess that we’ll all just have to wait and see what she has in store for us.

If you want to check out the show and the new episode [which I recommend that you do], check out their web site here. If you liked what you read here, be sure to check out part 1 and 2 of my interview with the actress who plays Georgia Drew, Dana Puddicombe.

TTFN,
Nerd

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Creator, Regan Latimer-Part 1!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

I have the distinct pleasure of bring you another interview with a member of Team Fletcher, creator Regan Latimer. I’d tell you who she is, but she stole my thunder and copied her description from the web site, so on with the interview.

Nerd: Tell me about yourself.
Regan Latimer: (From the website, cause I’m really not good at talking about myself. 😉 )

Regan Latimer is Executive Producer at Bee Charmer Productions and an independent contractor for individual clients and companies. She has created promotional films for The NOAH Project (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), and The Bharti Charitable Foundation as well as several promotional pieces and commercials for various clients. A post-production and editing specialist, other credits include Emmy award-winning trailers and promo spots for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain PBS and Denver Centre Media.

Multi-talented in both creative and technical disciplines, Regan has served as Fletcher’s video editor and sound designer – as well as writing and directing the show – and has managed all facets of the show’s creation. Regan was also the Director/Producer of the short film Harmony Love Matches for Life Inc., an official selection at the 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival.

What other artistic projects are you involved with outside of Fletcher?
RL: Lol…as above.

N: What made you want to get into film making?
RL: I have always wanted to create, as long as I can remember. Film making was/is the genre that speaks to me, so I did everything possible to make sure it would be a part of my career.

N: What tips do you have for beginning filmmakers?

RL: Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, create opportunities for yourself.  Equipment for filmmakers of all levels is readily available these days, so grab a camera and start shooting!  The best thing you can do is get as much experience as possible and take that with you to your next project.

N: If you weren’t making films/web series, what would you want to do for a living?
RL: Hard to say, though I can guarantee you it would be somehow related to the Arts. Failing that, I would be independently wealthy and travel the world.

N: Favorite production/project. (not including BJ Fletcher)
RL: I did a short film called Harmony Love Matches for Life. Great experience, great people…you’ll recognize a couple of Fletcher faces in there. 
[I have seen it. It is an awesomely funny short. You can check it out here]

N: If you could work with any actor or actress, who would be and why?
RL: I could never narrow that down to just one…but I will say, I would absolutely love to work with Christopher Guest and his troupe of amazing comedy actors and actresses. You’ll remember them from the films Waiting for Guffman and Best In Show. I am a huge a fan of his and that whole team. That would be a dream!

N: Dream project? (other than Fletcher)
RL: I would love to do a  full length feature film…it’s an idea that I’ve had packed away for a while now that I would like to finally dust off. Little to say it would definitely appeal to the Fletcher fans.

Quick fire Round:
N: Coke or Pepsi?

RL: Rootbeer

N: Cats or dogs?
RL: Dogs!

N: Summer or winter?
RL: Summer (I was never made for winter)

N: Hugs or kisses?
RL: Must have both

N: Fame or fortune?
RL: Fortune

N: Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
RL: Writing a paper that I would then have to present to a crowd.

N: Time travel to: the past or the future?
RL: past

N: Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
RL: newspaper

N: Fave food?
Hero Burger
[check them out here]

N: Fave  book?
RL: Anything by Sue Grafton…I’m a huge fan of her Kinsey Millhone series.

N: Fave color?
RL: Yellow.

That’s all for this part of my interview. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for Part 2 of my interview with Regan and a new episode of Fletch.

Want to learn more about the show, you can check it out here. If you liked what you read here, be sure to check out part 1 and 2 of my interview with the actress who plays Georgia Drew, Dana Puddicombe.

TTFN,
Nerd

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Dana Puddicombe-Part 2!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

Here’s part 2 of my interview with Dana Puddicombe. Read part 1 here. Part 2 is all about her involvement in the show and the show itself. Enjoy.

N:  A basic summary of the show is really had to come by. In your own words, what is B.J. Fletcher Private Eye (Fletch) all about?
DP:  A bumbling private investigator painstakingly solves simple crimes while balancing her complicated friendship with the woman she loves. (It is hard to summarize!) [I would agree that it’s hard to summarize. I love this summary!!!]

N: How did you get involved with show?
DP: 
Lindy (B.J Fletcher) was my roommate in university, so when I moved to Toronto, we hung out quite often. She asked me if I wanted to do a small part in a contest submission she was doing and I was up for it. And four years later, here we are!

N: Tell me about your character, Georgia Drew (George).
DP: 
George tries very hard to do the right thing. I think she is smart and honorable but maybe a tad gullible, only because she is so earnest.

N: In what ways are you like George? Different?
DP:  I am a lot like George, I think. I would like to think of myself as an earnest person, but not terribly serious…I certainly like to have a laugh whenever I can. I may be a bit bolder.

N: George is Fletch’s assistant. What is their relationship like?
DP:  Fletch definitely leads the team, but I think it is fairly obvious to both of them that George makes up for Fletcher’s failings. They are a great team and balance each other out. They value the other so greatly that they would do anything to preserve that bond… including hiding their attraction for so long.

N: George has a girlfriend Jenna. How did they meet? How has their relationship grown since they first met?
DP:  George and Jenna meet in Episode 10 of Season 1, when Fletch and George are hired to find her. At the beginning of Season 2, we find them together and through the season it comes out that George went to Jenna to vent after Fletch seemed to take Marjorie back. Their relationship has grown alot (Season 3 finds them sharing a home), but Fletch has been an issue from Day 1!

N: Is it just me, but does it seem like Fletch causes tension in George and Jenna’s relationship? Why or why not?
DP:  See above answer! Fletch definitely causes tension… She and Jenna constantly put George in a position to choose between them. Jenna feels threatened by Fletch, Fletch feels threatened by Jenna but only George truly knows who she wants to be with!

N: What is it like working with Vanessa Dunn? Rest of the cast and crew?
DP:  Vanessa is a riot and lots of fun to work with. She is super smart and witty and we have a laugh. Everyone is great… we had a lot of fun this season. Our primary cast are so hilarious and gifted, but we have also been fortunate to have lots of amazing guest stars, too! We have an absolutely fantastic crew… Everyone works so hard and care so much about the series. And I think it shows. 🙂 [I completely agree]

N: What is a typical day on set like?
DP:  Rikki (our superhuman hair/makeup maven) usually will pick up Lindy and I (and whoever else needs a lift in our neighbourhood) and we head to location for hair/makeup. Sometimes we just meet at her house and do it there. We run lines while she dolls us up, Regan and company (often Jessica or Jonny) set up the scene during that. We discuss the scene, propose changes we developed during line run, and then we do the scene! I like to see the best take of most of the scenes, whereas Lindy likes to wait, so before we move on, I usually watch with Regan and the crew. Sometimes we have to go to a couple of different locations and have a snack. We only take a long break if its an extremely long shooting day… otherwise we eat and take a little break while we are getting set up for the next scene and keep on truckin’ til we are done.

N: I’ve watched all the outtakes and behind the scenes videos that are up from the show, are there any outtakes/stories that didn’t make the reels or videos that stick out in your mind? 
DP:  A lot  of funny stuff doesn’t make it to the blooper reel, or only a fraction of it. We did a scene with Maria (Mrs. Watson) last season. A simple scene, we tell her the mob are using her warehouse, but it starts with her on the phone. We must have done 30 takes… some are on the blooper reel but it was insane. She was just so funny.. she is truly priceless. There are a few clips of that on the outtake reel, but they can’t capture it… really, it was so funny.

N: From what I read, you aren’t of the LGBT community (correct me if I’m wrong), what made want to portray a lesbian character?
DP:  I am a straight woman. But I very much support the community and believe that with that support, I am part of it. [I would agree…that was worded poorly. Sorry. :(]

I didn’t intend on playing a lesbian character, it kind of just happened. George was not intended to [be] feature[d] as heavily as she [is], and her crush on Fletch was developed while we filmed the pilot and Regan pursued it. I was all for it when that aspect of the story developed. Because it made sense and it made drama! It makes absolutely no difference to me whether a character I play loves men or women. I can 100% identify with a young woman finding herself, as I believe George has been doing since Day 1. That journey is precious to me. I can identify with George: I have lusted after a friend, I have felt jealous of my crush’s lover, I have definitely been uncertain about the future of a relationship (or lack thereof). It’s all love. It’s complicated and heartbreaking and universal. I love Lindy Zucker with all my heart and we have been friends for 10 years. That familiarity and love, right out the gate, is hard to manifest. And Vanessa is unbelievably beautiful and so funny. With these two women as my objects of affection, gay or straight, I don’t have to work very hard!

N: How is to kiss on set? I would imagine it can be quite awkward and uncomfortable at times.
DP:  It can be pretty awkward… it isn’t sexy… not at all. There’s a room full of people, and you need to be aware of the angle you are on and whether it looks okay (which makes it look anything but sexy!). I am not a big PDA person anyway, so I need a few takes just to stop blushing! And you have to do it over and over again… I just find it a bit embarrassing.

N: What has been the most rewarding/best part of working on the show?
DP:  It is very rewarding to get feedback from the viewers. To know that they enjoy it so much, and really connect with the characters is awesome. The entire process, from the first table read to the last shot of Season 3, has taught me so much. And I think the rest of our crew would agree. You can see each episode get better and tighter and cleaner. I am very proud of how far we’ve come.

N: Favorite episode/scene from each season?
DP:  Season 1: Episode 9 was hilarious to film and prob my fave episode of all of them! We had such a laugh 🙂

Season 2: The Tony/ Mr. Joshua hot tub scene. Or the scene when George and Fletch chase down Claire Calnan on Freedom Rider. Or the pirate restaurant scene. Hard to pick!

Season 3: The opening scene of us running in Episode 1. We call it the Spadina Chase scene because Lindy and I have been bugging Regan for years to do a chase scene on that particular street. There are a bunch of vendors and it can be hard to get around people, so we thought it would be funny. It sounds really silly, but it meant the world that Regan made it happen! 🙂

(Watch that scene here. It’s hilarious.)

N: Are there any spoilers you can give us? (Can’t blame me for trying)
DP:  Sorry… Regan would kill me. And she knows where I live.

Well, I had to try…maybe I’ll be more successful with Regan Latimer, the Creator / Executive Producer / Director / Writer of the show, but some how I doubt it.

Today, all new content that I’m sure you don’t want to miss is being put up on the show’s web site. The link is below.

If you would like more information on the show or to watch the episodes, check out their web site, Facebook and Twitter.

TTFN,
Nerd

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Dana Puddicombe-Part 1!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

I’m really excited to be able to share this interview with all of you. It’s with Dana Puddicombe (puh-D-ick-cum) who plays Georgia Drew, the assistant to B.J. Fletcher from the web series, B. J. Fletcher Private Eye.

Here’s more information about Dana from the show’s web site:

Dana is an Actress and Writer from Roaches Line, NL (Newfoundland, Canada). She holds a BFA from Memorial University of Newfoundland and spent 4 seasons in the company of The Gros Morne Theatre Festival. After graduation, she lived on Nunnery Hill (literally) and appeared on stage for c2c, RCA, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival and East of Reason Theatre (co-founder). Upon moving to Toronto, Dana co-starred in the East of Reason production the ecstatics for SummerWorks and has performed her own material for various hosting and stand up comedy appearances. Her TV & Radio credits include Afghanada (CBC), Rookie Blue (ABC/ Global) and a guest starring role on Republic of Doyle (CBC). Dana is absolutely thrilled to return to her role as Georgia Drew! Lock & Load!!!


Nerd:  What are some other productions/projects that you have been involved in?

Dana Puddicombe:  The last thing I did was a couple of episodes of a CBC Radio Drama called Afghanada, and the first thing I did was the part of Mother Rabbit in a very cutting-edge production of Peter Rabbit with my Grade 1 class at St. Edward’s Elementary in Brigus, circa 1987. “Your ears fell off, but you kept on going” -a quote from Roxy, my mom.

N:  Favorite production/project. (not including BJ Fletcher)
DP:  Its a bit of a toss up! I did a play a few years back called the ecstatics, which was very near to my heart for many reasons. Straight out of university, a friend and myself produced and performed it, and not only was it a super interesting piece, it really proved to me how much you can achieve if you just go for it. And I did a role in the first season of Republic of Doyle, which is filmed in Newfoundland. I got to go home and work with amazing friends, and be a part of something really special. It was a really fun part.

N:  What made you want to get into acting?
DP:  I was really terrible at volleyball.

N:  What tips do you have for someone wanting to get into acting?
DP:  1. Read plays, take classes, and observe your surroundings closely every day… find the drama in your own world and the people around you. “Specificity is the soul of all good communication”-a quote from a smart person.

2. Don’t take yourself too seriously and avoid getting a facial tattoo. If you already have a facial tattoo, become great friends with a good makeup artist and carry on.

N:  If you weren’t acting, what would you want to do for a living?
DP:  I am not always acting for a living, so I bar tend to keep myself clothed and fed when jobs are dry. But if I chose another career focus, I would probably study Psychiatry or Architecture.

N:  If you could work with any actor or actress, who would be and why?
DP:  I would have loved to work with Audrey Hepburn. She is my all-time favorite person to watch (she just glowed… what a presence!), so I could only imagine what it would have been like to share a scene with her. If we focus on living performers, probably Chazz Palminteri or Helen Mirren. 

N:  Dream project? (other than Fletch)
DP:  I would love to be on Days of our Lives.

N:  Coke or Pepsi?
DP:  Pepsi

N:  Cats or dogs?
DP:  Dogs

N:  Summer or winter?
DP:  Summer

N:  Hugs or kisses?
DP:  Hugs

N:  Fame or fortune?
DP:  Fortune

N:  Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
DP:  I like both.

N:  Time travel to: the past or the future?
DP:  Future

N: Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
DP:  Trashy mag

N:  Fave food?
DP:  Movie theatre popcorn

N:  Fave  book?
DP:  The Godfather or The Alchemist

N:  Fave color?
DP:  Black. Does that count? Everyone looks so good in black.

Yes, Dana, I think that black does count and everyone does look good in black.

If you would like more information on the show or to watch the episodes, check out their web site, Facebook and Twitter.

TTFN,
Nerd

Exciting Things Comming to You Soon!!!

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Hey guys,

I’m working on a new project with B.J Fletcher Private Eye. It’s going to be a series of interviews with one of the stars, Dana Puddicombe, and the creator, Regan Latimer. This show is my most favorite comedy web series out there, so I’m really excited to be able to bring you this content.

In other news, Joyceirl posted one of her news episodes. In it, she talks about a bill that is trying to put a warning label that reads:

“WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior”

This warning is to be included in some way for digital titles as well.

Listen to what she has to say about the bill:

I agree with her. It’s a little…a lot excessive. I subscribe to the thought that guns don’t kill people, people kill people and to me that means videos games aren’t to blame for violence.  I don’t think there is substantial and credible evidence to back that statement up.  That’s just me.

On top of it all, don’t politicians have better things to do? Yes. Yes I think they do. Let me know what you think about this.

TTFN,
Nerd

First Episode!!! Web Series I like!!!

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Here is the first episode of Rants with Nerd. It took me forever to film and edit, so I hope you enjoy. As always, any feedback, either positive or negative, is welcome.

I know that it’s not perfect, but I’m proud of the work that was done and I know that it will get better from here.

Thanks for watching,
Nerd