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Interview With The Cast & Crew Of Brains (Now On Seeka.TV)!

Rebecca McDonald, Courtesy of Brains.
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In support of Brains being on Seeka.TV, The Daily Fandom interviewed Bri Castellini last week — but, now we are interviewing the cast & crew of Brains. We adore Brains and the cast/crew — so, why not interview them with some fun questions?

Exactly. Support Brains and don’t forget to watch their web series on Seeka.TV (after you read this interview, of course!) You can find Brains’ Web Series all over TwitterFacebookYouTube, and their Official Website!


The Daily Fandom: What was it like working on the web series, “Brains?”

Marshall Taylor Thurman (Damian Phillips, both seasons): Working on Brains was a really fun experience, especially with such a dedicated cast and crew. It was fun to work on a project that had a balance of horror and comedy, with a healthy dose of romance.

Brandon Smalls (Director of Photography, season 2, Ray Anthony): Every day of shooting was a new and exciting challenge. Knowing everyone involved, though, I was always confident we’d come up with an elegant solution.

Masha Danilenko: It was a great experience. I met some very talented and hard working people that I’d love to collaborate with again in the future. Bri made the whole experience a complete pleasure- she’s a filmmaker in every sense the word (writer, director, editor, actress…) and a great leader. The whole cast and crew felt like a family led by a badass lady.

Andrew Williams (lead director, both seasons. Edgar Davison): Challenging. When we started, I don’t think we had any idea how hard what we were trying to do was, but it was an incredible experience getting it done. I love this group of people; they are so talented and smart and fun to work with.  It was a blast! A stressful and exhausting blast!

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Colin Hinckley (left) and Marshall Taylor Thurman (right), Courtesy of Brains.

Michele Austin (executive producer season 2, director of season 2, episode 3): I had a great time working on Brains! The team from season one took a chance on me in a way, and I feel super lucky that they did and I’m so glad that this season has been as successful as it has been.

Colin Hinckley (Carl, season 2): It was a hoot and a half. It was a little unnerving to be coming into a process that had already been under way for a whole season, but everyone was so inviting and genuinely stoked to be there, that I felt at home right away. It was a lot of fun; the atmosphere was very laid back even when Bri and I did our very emotional scene that took, I wanna say like 27 takes. Even when things got frustrating, it was still fun.

Chris Cherry (associate producer both seasons, Billy Jack both seasons): It was stressful, yet satisfying. I’m really glad that I got to do it with the people that were involved because it helped build friendships that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Brains sets were always fun sets because the people involved came to play, and that’s a good environment to be in.

Jean Perez (Ben Roscoe): It was a very fun experience, I immediately felt like I was part of the family and it made shooting more like just hanging out with good friends.

TDF: How did you get into acting, directing, producing, editing, or all of the above?

CH: I’ve been acting since I was about ten when I was in my sixth-grade classes’ performance of ‘Holes’ (I was Mr. Sir). I got more serious once I got into high school, and my hometown had such a thriving theater and arts community that I was able to be in about half a dozen shows a year and make short films with my friends in the meantime. I’ve been performing basically my whole life, it just always seemed obvious that this was what I was going to do.

MD: I’ve loved acting since middle school and have acted in many student plays through grade school and college. I love film too and took many film classes in college; that all led me to go to grad school for screenwriting and production here in NYC.

MA: I wanted to be a performer when I was a kid, but as I grew up I found that rejection was hard so I gradually moved from acting and found my place in the production side of things.

CC: I took a lot of production classes in high school because I always liked movies and TV and always wanted to create. And, right around the time that I was going to apply for college, I watched this documentary about filmmaking and, even though half the time it looked grueling, it still seemed like a thing I wanted to do.

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Andrew Willians (director, left) and Brandon Smalls (DP); Courtesy of Brains.

BS: I started making movies with my friends when I was a kid in rural Georgia. It’s definitely been a long, strange trip going from chopping down saplings in the woods to killing zombies in New York City.

MTT: I started acting in middle school, and then went on to study theatre at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Brains was one of my first forays into working on-camera.

JP: It started when in a group exercise back in middle school when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I couldn’t decide and wondered what I could be where I can be all those things and more.

AW: I’ve been writing and directing little movies since I had access to my dad’s camera as a kid.  They were terrible, and not even in a fun way, but it’s been a huge part of my life and development. Since then I’ve gotten a lot more experience and training, and have even started to feel proud of the work (especially Brains).

TDF: How does it feel to be on an award winning web series? How does it make you feel, most of all?

MD: It makes me feel immensely proud! We were a great team and we did great work, so having that outside appreciation is very validating. 

MTT: It feels really good to see recognition for all the hard work that everyone put in, especially Bri, our fearless leader/star/writer/producer. I just feel fortunate to be along for the ride.

MA: This is the first thing I worked on that’s won awards been that I can recall, so that’s pretty cool. I love telling people I’ve worked on Brains, and it does make me feel fancy that I can say I’ve worked on an award winning web series.

CC: The thing that makes awards cool more than anything is that it means people are watching the show. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that new people are sitting down and experiencing Brains for the first time.

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(left-right) Masha Danilenko, Marshall Taylor Thurman, Bri Castellini, Colin Hinckley, and Kmur Hardeman; Courtesy of Brains.

CH: It’s very gratifying, to be sure. Recognition of good work is always nice, especially in creative endeavors where there is a lot of competition and talent. I think it speaks to Bri’s energy and drive that we’ve made it as far as we have. It’s her vision, after all, and she is supremely good at bringing that to fruition. It just feels nice to be a part of something that outside observers view as noteworthy. I certainly agree that we are.

JP: It feels good, I’m happy that Brains won awards and I felt that they were well deserved. I’m happy that I can say that I worked and contributed to an award winning web series.

BS: It feels great! It’s always nice to get recognition for a project you put a lot of heart into. Makes me feel like labors of love like this are absolutely worth the passion they take to create.

AW: It’s incredible.  We worked really hard, and obviously, it feels great that people are connecting with and enjoying the final product.

TDF: What is the one thing you would bring to a zombie apocalypse that is non-negotiable?

CH: A tank. Can I bring a tank? I’m gonna go with a tank.

BS: A spear. A decent phalanx in an urban chokepoint makes zombies pretty pathetic. Sure a sword looks cool, but a corpse doesn’t.

MA: My music collection. Can’t kick-ass without a cool soundtrack to back you up.

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Jean Perez (left) and Giancarlo Chico; Courtesy of Brains.

AW: A bow and quiver of arrows. I don’t know how to use a gun effectively, but I could definitely use a relatively silent zombie killer with a reusable ammo supply. Either that or a working smartphone.

MD: A weapon of some kind.

JP: A weapon! Maybe a blunt weapon like a bat or steel pipe. That way you won’t make so much noise and attract more zombies, and it’ll last you longer.

MTT: I’ve got to follow my character’s example. I would definitely need a baseball bat or some sort of blunt instrument with a fair amount of swing. A baseball bat is fairly durable, and you never have to reload.

CC: A more competent friend that can bail me out.

TDF: Overall, would you do it again in a never-ending loop?

JP: Sounds good to me, you can sign me up. I don’t mind filming and killing zombies back to back plus those on set lunches 😉

CH: A never-ending loop? Anything put in that framing sounds objectively terrifying. So I’m gonna say no, though I would do three or four more seasons.

MTT: Would I work on Brains again in a never-ending loop? Absolutely, regardless of the show, I made some great friends working with Bri and the whole team. Would I go through a zombie apocalypse again in a never-ending loop? Absolutely not, what are you crazy?

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Season 1 poster; Courtesy of Brains.

CC: I mean, that’s what a career in film is, isn’t it? A never-ending loop of pre-production, production, and post-production. If I got to do that with my life, I’d be happy.

MD: I’d do it again, but not in a never-ending loop. Groundhog Day’s novelty wears off after a while…

BS: We talkin’ Groundhog Day style? Cause if so, absolutely. It’s summer every day, and I get to spend it making an awesome web series with my friends. What could be better?

MA: I’ve done two other projects with the same team (one in pre-production as of right now) so probably? We’re a fun, weird little family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

AW: No. That sounds existentially terrifying, but I’d keep moving forward with it for as long as the project will have me!


Thank you to everyone for the cooperation on this interview — they all were nothing short of amazing. I had a blast getting the answers to the last question; especially, because, even though I love a lot of things — I could not do a never-ending loop. With that being said, GO watch Brains now, what are you waiting for? It’s awesome!

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