Portfolio: 2 TV Show
In the business for: 1 Year
Specialty: Focused, Originality
In my mind, JDog84 has always been a mysterious player on the site. One that is taking things slow, loves to write on the background and release thing on time. Focusing one project at a time and with TV project needing longer time to focus on, he is so far the producer of two TV series. With Diamond Records not having a diamond record on its rating, the producer is ready to strike back with his new show, Roommates, so let’s pick his brain a little.
Goliathus: Thanks for the opportunity and to begin with the interview, I must ask the go-to question for the sake of tradition. Any reason or origin of your production name, United Spirit Productions?
JDog84: Not really. I just heard the phrase a few years ago and thought it was a neat term.
G: You are mainly focused on TV now, do you plan to write any movie soon or TV is just your thing and you would prefer to focus solely on that for now?
J: I do have plans to write movies. I’m currently in the early stages of writing a film but with film you only get one shot to get it right so I’m taking my time and making sure it is the way I want it.
G: What’s your favorite genre and why is that?
J: I like comedy because I feel that everyone can relate to it. I enjoy trying to make people laugh and help them forget about the difficult times they have in their lives.
G: It’s probably a bit far ahead to plan but do you have any new idea that you plan to to do after Roommates establishes itself?
J: I do have a few ideas for both TV and Movies but I always try to focus on one project at a time so that I don’t slack off on the quality of a certain project. Right now, my priority is this series and keeping the quality of it as good as I can get it to be.
G: Sully is every TV writer’s dream, is there any award in Sully that you have the desire to win more than other awards?
J: I think for me that winning Producer of the year would be a huge honor because it means that people appreciate your hard work and that your creativeness is being honored.
G: What aspect do you enjoy the most in HTG?
J: I enjoy the freedom that the site allows. Basically any idea and any story can be told here and peoples creativity can really come out.
G: Focusing more on your current project, tell us a little about Roommates.
J: Roommates is my first attempt at writing a sitcom. It’s a story about four twenty somethings that live in an apartment building in Los Angeles. Each one has their own quirks and personality.
G: In your opinion, what sets this sitcom different from the other sitcoms out there?
J: It may be a sitcom and it may be a little off the wall at times but it will also deal with some of life’s issues. A lighthearted look at issues in the world. It won’t be driven by politics but their may be times when real life issues bleed into the show.
G: Is there anything that you learned from Diamond Records that you believe are useful in writing Roommates?
J: Have a plan. Diamond Records was a good idea but wasn’t executed very well. I admit that myself. I didn’t have the story laid out real well. I knew where I wanted to go but the process of getting there wasn’t clear. Sitcoms give you a little more freedom as you are not necessarily writing an ongoing storyline. Every episode is a different story.
G: Is there any major influence or inspiration that gives you the ideas of Roommates?
J: It’s really just a combination of real life experiences and other sitcoms I’ve seen. Myself, my friends, talking to different people about their experiences with people they’ve lived with. Most people have stories about experiences they have had living with other people and that’s the inspiration for this series.
G: Is there any real life experience you draw from when writing this?
J: I spent 18 months living in an apartment while in college. That’s my biggest real life experience used for this project.
G: Is there any pressure on your side when it comes to TV rating for Roommate?
J: As a writer/producer, their is always pressure on you to have a highly rated show but CzarTim has been very patient with me during my time at HTG. He gave Diamond Records a chance and now he’s giving this series a shot. Most of the pressure comes from me putting it on myself. My ultimate goal is to put the most entertaining project out there and trying to entertain as many people as possible.
You can check out the first season of Roommates currently airing on All-Points Bulletin.
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