Post by Brady Brown on Jul 8, 2015 17:53:32 GMT -6
INTERVIEW: THE CREATORS OF AUDITION AND SCREENWRITERS PARADISE!
With the first official VPN crossover happening tomorrow, VSGuide was able to sit down with the shows creators - Brady Brown and Chris Davis - to talk about what it's about, how it was planned, and if any future ones are in store!
VSGUIDE: How long has this crossover been in the works? And how did it come about?
B: Not that long, actually. When planning Michael’s arc for sequence four, the idea to introduce the characters from Screenwriters Paradise came to me, and it just seemed like a very natural thing to do. Next, I approached Chris about it, and luckily he was still passionate about the idea, so we started planning it. That’s pretty much all that went down!
C: Yeah, I remember us joking around with the idea of a crossover back in 2012, when the show was first starting development. I had no idea it would actually happen a few years later. But I’m really excited to tell this story, and can’t wait to hear what people think.
VSGUIDE: Just how involved are you two in each others shows?
B: I think our official titles are Executive Producers… I don’t really know. (I’ll let you take most of this one)
C: I think we’re involved as much as we need to be. Even though our two shows are pretty different, they’re able to exist in the same universe. Plus, we’re always bouncing ideas off each other.
VSGUIDE: Are there any plans for future crossovers?
C: There’s a line in an upcoming episode of SP that kind of relates to Audition, but anything more than that, you’ll just have to wait and see.
VSGUIDE: How are the characters from SP going to help move the plot of Audition?
B: All of the characters, minus Shawn, interact with Michael and try and help him with this newfound passion for the scriptwriting craft. They all give different sides of advice to him. But with Shawn, he has a scene with Alex and Alisha, which gives a little background for him and what he does, and also manages to set up something for the best friends.
C: I think Emily, especially, leaves a nice, lasting impression on Michael. And he walks away with a couple of new friends, which is one of the most important things about breaking into any industry. It’s all about who you know, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come back into play at some point in the future.
VSGUIDE: How will this set up SP?
B: I think it mainly just introduces the characters, while giving a little insight into how they act, and possibly some backstory.
C: We’ll obviously get to explore these characters more deeply on SP, but this crossover really laid the groundwork for them. That’s what’s so great about backdoor pilots. I can just get the introductions out of the way here, then take off when the show premieres. [laughs]
VSGUIDE: Who’s appearing?
B: Michael, Alex, and Alisha appear in both parts; Paula is in the first one, and Kelsey pops up in the second one.
C: Andrew, Joshua and Emily appear in both parts, with Shawn only showing up for part one. We even managed to squeeze a little reference to Troy into the first episode.
Well, there you have it! An exclusive interview with the creators of the dramedy webisodes Audition and Screenwriters Paradise! Make sure to tune in tomorrow and next week for the official two-part crossover and backdoor pilot!