Matt Giudice is the producer of the new web series Out of State; here is a link to the youtube page:
Q: What is Out of State about?
A: Out of State is a comedy web series that takes place at a university. It follows the adventures of Josh, a hopeless romantic, and his perverted cynical roommate Matt. The show follows their adventures across campus during their supposed “ best years of their lives.”
Q: What inspired you to create it?
A: I’ve always wanted to create a sitcom web series, since high school at least. I like the idea of having two youn adults kind of growing over time and developing. It was when I was in college that I finally had the skills and friends to actually make it a reality. It only made sense to have it take place at a university because I was free to use my university as my set. I had gone through quite a few quirky adventures during my years at Hofstra University so I started writing those as the plots for each episode and that was how Out of State really came to be.
Q: You have a lot of Youtube subscribers; how did you go about promoting yourself?
A: Well I started out making Brickfilms. Brickfilms are animation videos created using Lego characters. I did that for about 4 years and built an audience through that. Brickfilming is a really great underground community of talented yet unknown creators, When I made the switch to something like Out of State I started really spamming it to all my friends hoping some of them would be interested. And if they liked it they’d send it to their friends, and they’d send it to their friends.
Q: Who are some of your filmmaking influences?
A: Well for Out of State two big shows are “Scrubs” and “How I Met Your Mother.” I liked the idea of follow this lead character who was just waiting for something more to happen. With his “optimistic stuck in his Q: head” personality and his quirky friends it really makes for entertaining stories.
Q: What sort of jobs have you had and how has it influenced your creative work?
A: Well right now I intern for this Youtube Channel called Barely Political. They’re a hilarious channel with over 2 million subscribers. Anyways, they have really helping me develop a better sense of humor for Youtube as well as helped me with the technicalities: camera work, editing strategies, etc. As for other jobs I worked at Dunkin Donuts once and that has influenced a couple jokes for when Matt and Josh get a job.
Q: What has been the most challenging thing about producing a web series?
A: Definitely working around everyone’s schedule is the hardest. Before it used to just be “Ok I’m free right now I guess I’ll just make a video by myself.” But with something like Out of State and it’s large cast you really have to plan everything out. I have to look at who is required for each scene and work around everyone’s schedule to make it work. Josh is free at this time till this time so we’ll get this scene out of the way. Then Deanna is free and we can do their scene together then when josh leaves we’ll do the scene that’s 3 pages before that previous scene. It’s basically a giant puzzle it took a while to get used to it.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish at Sundance?
A: I don’t know, Sundance is such an exciting event. I’ve never been to anything like this before. Of course now that I’m graduating and looking for a job I’d love to get my name out there to potential bosses. Of course I just want to have a fun time. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me I feel like.
Q: What made you chose Hofstra?
A: Well I wanted to go to a good school with a good film program. My dad actually went to Hofstra so that’s how the school got onto my list. I took a tour and looked more into and saw it was really this amazing place. The campus is huge and gorgeous and it really has top of the line equipment.
Q: What do you like about the film industry?
A: I just like the idea of telling stories. Everyone has a story that can be shared and film turns it into this amazing visual thing that we feel things over. We laugh, we cry, and really get passionate about these films and most of the time it’s about this fake character in this fake world and fake life and we somehow feel this amazing sincere and real connection to them and I find that amazing.
Q: What would you change about it?
A: I do think it gets impossible sometimes to get your name out there. It seems that if you want a movie in Sundance you have to either be rich, know someone, or know someone who’s rich. However now theirs is the Internet. Now there’s this place that is open to everyone to post whatever they want to share with the world and it is a great way to get people to look at what you have to offer. That’s why I’m here after all.
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