Interview With The Writer & Creator, Bri Castellini Of Brains (Now On Seeka.TV)
In honor of the fantastic web series created by Bri Castellini titled Brains, we had an interview with her about the series she created. Brains, the web series, is now featured on Seeka.TV and we could not be more excited to re-watch the series again! This is a huge accomplishment for Bri, the cast, and the crew — they have worked so hard to achieve success, and they have.
Brains has won awards to follow and Bri’s other short films and other work, in general, have won awards as well. It is always an honor to work with Bri and support the many endeavors she is partaking in, with that being said, let’s chat with Bri Castellini!
The Daily Fandom: How did you come up with the idea for “Brains?” (Other than tackling a real life zombie apocalypse, of course!)
Bri Castellini:Brains is based on a five-minute, one-act play I wrote in college for a playwriting class, set in a piano practice room. It ended up getting produced by an on-campus, student-run theater group, and it was the first time I’d ever seen my writing performed since I was used to writing prose.
I was addicted to the performance and addicted to the idea of a girl so focused on her love life that the zombie apocalypse happening outside was just an annoyance. I kept workshopping the idea with myself, eventually getting a short story version of it published in a small literary magazine (you can read that here, actually! Page 42)
TDF: Were you interested in zombies or the notion of zombies before writing/creating the web series? (such as zombie films, zombie tv shows, or even zombie literature).
BC: I’m a big fan of the movies Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, and I enjoyed Warm Bodies as well (which is probably closer to what Brains is than any other zombie media), but to be honest, I wouldn’t consider myself an aficionado of zombie media the way some people are. However, what I am a fan of is the notion of placing a perfectly ordinary story in a fantastical world.
In Brains’ case, I put Alison’s story of unrequited love and frustration with her life not going the way she planned it at the center of a zombie apocalypse. I love fantasy and sci fi, but I haven’t seen as many genre shows tackling really down-to-Earth plots, especially not with characters who could not give less of a crap about the genre aspect of their world.
The zombies are secondary to the rest of the plot, which I find much more believable in terms of human nature as well as really, really funny.
TDF: What are the top three things you would bring to a zombie apocalypse?
BC: Assuming I had time to prepare beforehand, I think my choices would be a machete (partly because of Alison, and partially because I used to fence, so I’m more comfortable with sword-like fighting), a big bottle of hand sanitizer, and a brand new, really comfortable pair of underwear.
If I’m going to be on the run for my life, I want to be protected, hygienic, and comfortable. (I would die immediately)
TDF: In one word, describe what “Brains” is (without using the words: zombie or apocalypse).
TDF:How does it feel to have not only won awards for your work (including short films) but you are also now featured on Seeka.TV? I’m sure it feels surreal, but what would you describe it as?
BC: Well since you already stole the word “surreal” (darn you!) I guess the secondary feeling is… relief? Relief because Brains completely took over two years of my life, introduced me to some of my favorite people in the world, and made me realize that I was absolutely doing what I should be doing for a career, and all of that wasn’t in vain.
Relief because the incredibly hard work that my team put into making this silly script a reality is getting recognized and rewarded. Relief especially because people other than me don’t think my work, our work, is or was a waste of time. Art is really scary, particularly when you share it with other people, and to be rewarded for overcoming that fear and sharing anyways is truly indescribable.
TDF: Finally, What is next for Bri Castellini?
BC: Big question! Hopefully, fame and fortune, because I’ve written seasons 3-6 of Brains and the only way I’m ever going to get to film them is to become very, very rich very soon. In the more immediate and realistic sense, what’s next is that I wrote a new web series called “Sam and Pat Are Depressed,” starring myself and Chris Cherry (who plays Billy Jack on Brains), directed by Andrew Williams (also Brains‘ main director), which we’ll be filming hopefully before the end of September.
It’s very different from Brains, and a lot less complicated (see: no apocalypse, no zombie makeup, no weaponry), but I’m proud of it, and I hope people enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed pulling it together. I’m also still sending around my short film Ace and Anxious, because I think it might be one of the best things I’ve ever made, in any genre, in any form, and I want my incredible cast and crew to be recognized for the fantastic work they did on it. Beyond those two projects, as long as I get to keep working on things I love with people I respect, I’m going to be a happy camper.
We had a blast talking with Bri about Brains and where she sees herself in the future. We were super excited to see this excellent web series is now featured on Seeka.TV. If you have yet to check out this web series, TDF has posted numerous articles about Bri’s work: here, here, and here. You can find Brains’ Web Series all over Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Their Official Website and Bri’s Twitter. You won’t want to miss it.