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Interview with @hipsterhood Creator, Shilpi Roy (@Iplish)-Part 2!!!


Hey guys,

Happy Presidents Day. If you don’t live in the US, then I hope you have a good day as well. Anyways, here’s part 2 of my interview with Hipsterhood creator, Shilip Roy. This part of the interview contains some spoilers. Read at your own risk.

About the Show

Tell my readers a little about your show.

Hipsterhood is about two hipsters in Silverlake, Los Angeles (i.e. hipster-central) and their extremely awkward interactions as they try to build a meaningful connection.

Tell us about the main characters

The two main characters are how I Imagine most people act at some point in their life. They are both struggling with who they are and who they want to be.  They have to balance on the line between portraying themselves as part of a group (hipsters) and making sure that they retain their own individuality.  I think Faux Fur Girl is a little more self-aware than Cereal Guy, but we’ll see what happens in season 2.

Where did the concept for the show come from?

The concept for the show came from my identity crisis over buying skinny jeans (if you’ve seen the kickstarter video, you’ll know what I’m talking about). Once I realized that I might be turning into a hipster myself, I started observing people as I ran errands in my neighborhood, and I realized that sometimes I ‘d recognize someone, having seen them somewhere else in the neighborhood. But I never felt comfortable approaching them and saying “hi, I’ve seen you around” – that’s just not something you do in an urban environment. And that’s basically what led to season 1, which is all about the neuroses that Cereal Guy and Faux Fur Girl have trying to do a simple thing like saying “hi.”

 What is a typical day on set like?

For me, it’s super fun. Up until you get on set, it’s kind of nightmare because of all the things you have to do, but once you’re there, it’s kind of like spending the day at Disneyland or something. It’s super fun.

 What can we expect from season 2 of the show?

In season 2, Cereal Guy and Faux Fur Girl start dating! Kind-of. We’ll find out how hipsters date when it’s cool not to care. It’s going to involve some ping-pong, tattoos, produce, and much more!

You’re Kickstarting for season 2 of the show. What kinds of perks can people get for donating?

My personal favorite perk is the Hipsterhood Soundtrack we’re putting together. It’s going to be made up of lots of local bands and artists that I personally know have awesome music, but haven’t been able to reach a wide audience. Some of these musicians are people who do music in their spare time, and it’s really great music, but almost no one will ever hear it. With this soundtrack, we’ll be able to expose the Hipsterhood audience to music they literally will never hear anywhere else.

We also have stuff like “video chat with the cast” “download Hipsterhood season 2” even give exclusive access to the character’s playlists, so you can find out what kind of music our hipsters are listening to beyond careless whisper.

Three reasons people should watch the show who haven’t.

1. It’s fun.
2. I guarantee you’ll see something of yourself in the characters.
3. Episodes are only 2-3 minutes long, it’s not a huge commitment.

Why should people donate after watching the show?

Making a web series is a full-time job, but right now no one can make a living doing it. If you want me, or anyone to keep cranking them out, we have to rely on your donations and support to make it happen. I really hate having to ask for money, I don’t think you should pay for it, but right now, it’s kind of the only way to make the show happen.

Any last words?

I had a great time doing this interview! I mean, whatever.

Another Interview Down

Managed to get another interview under my belt. If you want to learn more about the show, you can check out their web site here or their YouTube channel here.

Stay tuned for an interview with my friend Rob Gokee, composer for some notable web series, which should be coming in the next couple of days.


Interview with @hipsterhoodshow creator Shilpi Roy (@Iplish)-Part 1!!!


Hey guys,

I’m really excited to be doing this interview. I was contacted by a creator of the series Hipsterhood to check out her series and do and interview if I liked it. Son of a gun, I did. So here’s the first part of my interview with Shilip.


For those of us who don’t know much about you, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Glad you asked! I am originally, from North Carolina, and basically grew up in the South.  My mother is a classically trained Indian music vocalist, so there was always a lot of singing, dancing, and art in general in my house growing up.  I always felt the urge to go West for some reason, nothing I could really explain, but when I finally moved to Los Angeles, I instantly knew I was in the right place. Finally.

How did you get started in film making?

It was an epiphany that I had while I was at Vanderbilt, where I did my undergrad. I was heading into my senior year of school, and I realized that I hated all the career paths I’d set myself up for as an Economics and Psychology double-major. I saw life ahead of me as one giant bore.  As I was picking my classes for senior year, I realized I had room in my schedule to do a film minor, so I signed up for a bunch of film classes. It was something that I’d always loved, but never considered an actual career. I attended my first film class – and it just blew me away. In the first 5 minutes of that class, I was happier than I’d been in the last 3 years. That’s when I decided to go into film. I had no connections, and no real experience, but I finally knew what my dream was. And that’s how it all began.

What were some of your favorite projects and why?

Well Hipsterhood is obviously my favorite project right now. I really love interacting with the fans, the audience, finding out what they like and don’t like. Web series are great because they give you a kind of access to your fanbase that you don’t get with other kinds of media.

But beyond Hipsterhood, my favorite project was my thesis film from USC, it’s called “the Indian and the Samurai” about an Indian boy who wants to be a Samurai, and one day, a samurai walks through the door.

It was during this project that I first met Julia Cho, who’s now a producer on Hipsterhood and a good friend, and it’s also the project where I first really noticed the man who would become my husband (Anthony C Kuhnz, who’s the DP for Hipsterhood). The rest of the cast and crew were great as well. Making that short film was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun too.

If you weren’t making films, what would you be doing as a career?

There are so many days when making films, especially this web series, just seems too difficult, and I want to throw in the towel and do something much easier. But…I can’t ever come up with what that thing would be.  When I was little I wanted to be a fashion designer, but that doesn’t seem like a viable career path anymore J.

Dream project and why?

This is totally out of left field, but my dream project would be to do an epic Native American period piece, like Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto. I find Native American culture, before Westerners arrive, really fascinating. 

If you could work with any actor/actress living or dead, who would be and why?

Oooh, that’s a tough one. I think my top would be someone like Meryl Streep, because, well she’s Meryl Streep. I’m also love to work with Johnny Depp, I feel like it would be really fun watching him perform.

Tips for beginning filmmakers?

 I’m a big believer in just doing it. A lot of filmmakers, especially film school filmmakers, get discouraged because they can’t get the money they need behind their projects. Hipsterhood is an example of making something that people will notice, and not having money. If you really want to be a filmmaker, you will find a way to make your films. So, do that, and the rest will come eventually.

 Tips for people who want to create their own web series?

Another thing I believe in is, if you’re gonna do something, do it right. If you’re planning on doing a web series, you must put time and energy into marketing and promotions. There’s too much stuff on the internet now for you to bank on people randomly coming across your content and liking it, so when you’re striving to write, direct, and produce a web series, which takes an enormous amount of time and effort, you need to make sure you’ve got energy to after it’s done so you can get it out to the world.

 Quick fire questions

Coke or Pepsi?

Neither. I don’t like soda anymore, too sugary for me.

Cats or dogs?


Summer or winter?


Hugs or kisses?


Fame or fortune?

Fortune.  I don’t need fame.

Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?

I LOVE speaking to crowds! Writing a paper sucks.

Time travel to: the past or the future?

The PAST. There are soooo many things I want explained.

Celebrity magazine or newspaper?

Newspaper. Are those still around?

Fave food?

Homemade Pizza.

Fave  book?

Oh god. I am a fantasy freak. My favorite is the Deverry Cycle by Katherine Kerr. Or Game of Thrones, but I am annoyed by how long it’s taking things to happen in the Game of Thrones series.

Fave color?

I refuse to answer this question. Colors are for different purposes and moods, you can’t just one favorite one.

Stay tuned tomorrow to learn more about Hipsterhood.