Tag Archives: Matt Enlow

Thanks @mkwiles!!!

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Howdy guys,

I just wanted to let you all know that thanks to my interview with Mary Kate, we’ve hit a new record for most views in a day with 596. That is about 4.5 times higher than the last record. It’s really neat to see that people have enjoyed the interview with her.

Anyways, here’s the video that I record yesterday. There were some technical issues, but I hope that you enjoy.

If you want to read the interviews that I’ve done with Matt, Kylie and Mary Kate, you can do so here.

Anyway, there should be another new video tomorrow as well as some new interviews coming soon.

TTFN,Nerd

Interview with @L7sville Creator, @mrmattenlow-Part 2!!!

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Howdy guys,

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.

Stay Tuned!

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.

TTFN,Nerd

Interview with @L7sville Creator, @mrmattenlow-Part 1!!!

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Howdy guys,

I’m really excited about this series of interviews with the creator and stars of a new favorite web series, Squaresville. You’ll want to watch the series after these interviews. It’s up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

I will be posting in two parts as usual and I will be posting one part a week. But, now it’s time for the interview with the creator of the series Matt Enlow.

Getting to Know Matt

For those of us who don’t know much about you, tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been doing web series for about 6 years now, as a writer director. My wife and I started with a series called “Engaged” that I’m still proud of, but that really shows the growth in technology available to people like me in just a few years.

How did you get started in film making?
As a kid I always dreamed of doing special effects for ILM. I grew up in Sacramento, so the bay area and Lucas Film was very close, and very real for me. Later I grew to be interested in the independent film movement. I guess you could say that a DIY mentality, and a love for tactile film making combined to make Squaresville.

What were some of your favorite projects and why?
Squaresville is my baby, so that’ll always have a special place in my heart. My two other series, Mountain Man and Engaged will always be dear to me as well, as I’ve been lucky enough to make shows with basically the same group of friends for the last five years.

If you weren’t making films, what would you be doing as a career?
I’m still very interested in teaching. I think a lot of the themes we’re working through on Squaresville come from a desire to inform and improve young people’s lives, so it seems like an obvious jump.

Dream project and why?
A comic book movie – maybe Superman or Animal Man. I love the idea of working in a storied universe that people love and are familiar with.  OR, more recently, guesting on an episode of Dr. Who. That would be amazing.

If you could work with any actor/actress living or dead, who would be and why?
Weird Al Yankovich. NO DUH.

Tips for beginning filmmakers?
It’s the most common, and it’s the best: just go do it. Waiting is for suckers, and it has literally never been easier to produce your own media. What are you waiting for?

Tips for people who want to create their own web series?
Have a simple idea that you can explain in a single sentence. “A group of online gamer friends are forced to meet in real life” (The Guild), “A regular guy gets sucked into the Legend of Zelda” (The Legend of Neil), “A couple gets married after a wild night in vegas and decides to give it a shot” (Husbands). This is great for two reasons; one, in a short format like web, you need to be able to dig into your story as soon as possible, and having a simple notion of what your show is will help that, and two, when you’re at family gatherings or parties, you want to be able to explain what your show is succinictly so that you have as MUCH time as possible to explain to your aunt what a web series is (phrases like “No, it’s not on TV, it’s on the computer” or “we get money through the little ads at the bottom, but no, it’s not very much, and yes, I still have my day job” will be handy also). [editor’s note: Go and watch all of the series he mentioned. They are some awesome series.]

Quick fire questions
Coke or Pepsi?

Coke if had to choose.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.

Summer or winter?
Summer no duhz.

Hugs or kisses?
Smooches.

Fame or fortune?
Fortune. Are you kidding me?

Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
They’re worse for different reasons, but my home field advantage is always writing.

Time travel to: the past or the future?
FUTURE

Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
Newspaper.

Fave food?
Coffee.

Fave book?
Can I say “understanding comics”? I really love that book.

Fave color?
Black.

Note from Matt: Looking at my answers makes me seem way angstier than I am, you guys. Can I just add, that I really love like, the teenage pop stylings of Allison Weiss or something? I’m coming off like such a cliche.

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for more from Matt. I think you’ll enjoy what he has to say about his show.

TTFN,
Nerd