Today’s interview is with executive producer Matt Giudice. Matt is the executive producer of a college web series called Out of State. For more info, go to Out of State’s fan page. Matt is senior at Hofstra University studying film and television.
Justin Samuels: Are you excited that this is your senior year at Hofstra?
Matt Giudice: It’s very bittersweet for me. On one hand I’m very excited to get out there and become an adult. I’ll be free to go job hunting and move out. However, I’ve always liked college as being a place of freedom without too much responsibility. Plus I have all these amazing friends I’ve made here. I’m going to miss them so much. I guess I’ll embrace my seniority and hate watching it go at the same time.
JS: What got you into film?
MG: I originally had only been interested in acting. I put on shows for my friends and family all the time. When I found Youtube, I had all these ideas I really wanted to showcase on the site. So I bought myself a camera. I did all the work myself. Eventually I found myself really enjoying the behind the camera work. Soon I started looking into editing techniques, script writing, special effects work, and soon enough I looked into film schools. I still enjoy the acting though.
JS:Who came up with the concept of Out of State?
MG: I guess it was me. I had always wanted to create some sort of teenage/young adult sitcom. When I was in high school I wanted to do a high school show. In college I decided to make a college show. After spending about two years at college the pieces really formed together. I got skilled enough in the craft to make it a reality, and it only seemed fitting it took place at a university.
JS: One of the characters in Out of State is named Matt? Is that you or is the first name just a coincidence?
MG: Well the real answer to that is I never really think about naming my characters. My character is named Matt, the actor who plays Josh’s real name is Josh, and the same goes for Deanna. I always watch shows like Workaholics or It’s Always Sunny. And they all have the same names as the actors portraying them. Frankly I didn’t think naming the characters was that big of a deal. I mean the Matt character is a lot like me but so is the Josh character.
JS:Do you work on Out of State in any other capacities?
MG: For some reason, I write, direct, and edit every episode. I used to operate the camera as well, but I got my friend Sam Wharton to do that once I started taking the show more seriously. I guess when you come up with this whole show it’s only natural to want to do every part of the show. So it’s done right maybe?
JS: Do you have any other projects we should be on the look out for?
MG: Well Out of State is part of my youtube channel called Stonebreakers10. In between seasons of Out of State I’m still making sketch comedy videos, music parodies, just a lot of comedy. They’re kind of funny, maybe check that out!
JS:Out of State is a very good web series. Have you submitted to any festivals? Were you accepted by any?
MG: Thanks! I’ve been doing Out of State for almost a year now, and I only recently decided to submit to festivals. I went into an application binge and applied to as many as I could. Most of them have been in L.A. I haven’t heard back from any yet, I don’t think I’m supposed to for a few months anyway. All my fingers and toes are crossed though!
JS: Not too long ago, you didn’t have YouTube, Vimeo, and other digital media. How has digital media changed film departments at universities?
MG: Well now all the shows we do at school are posted on the internet. Most of them stream live online, and then they tend to be posted somewhere on Youtube or Vimeo. I personally think the change is coming very slow, but it is certainly there. I’m taking a course on web series writing; it’s brand new this year so that’s exciting. A lot of professors I think are a bit nervous about this unpredictable medium, so they like to stay with what they know which is television and film.
JS: What sort of things will you do after graduation? Any plans or job offers?
MG: Well I’ll be living with my parents still, so that’s a nice plan. I hate this question. I like to pretend that it isn’t less than a year away. No job offers yet, but I guess the hunt begins sooner rather than later. I hope to get a job working in the entertainment industry. My passion is definitely in the Internet so I’d love to work in that.
JS: Will there be a Season 3 of Out of State?
MG: Hmmm, it’s too soon to call now. We’ll just have to wait and see!
JS:What happens to your web series after your graduation? Can you share any ideas or details?
MG:Honestly I’m not sure. I can’t imagine doing specifically Out of State after I graduate. I’d have to be that weird graduate who keeps returning back to campus with his camera and never really moves on. Hofstra has plenty of those. I do think I will keep working on my Youtube channel though. I’m sure I’ll do a web series, but who knows what it will be about yet?