How about some Thwills and spills? Check out our interview with @william_schmidt :
At what age and why did you become interested in being behind a camera? what was the first film/video you ever made?
I always was involved in the stage from a young age but I guess I started making videos when I was about 23. The first video I made was Spencer Bell’s “Bistro”. It was a sort of tribute to both Spencer and the get together we had with a lot of our friends who knew him in Madison, Wiscompton.
What do you miss the most about living in Wiscompton?
Not having to cook, because of my awesome mother. Also, Culver’s, cheese, and Spotted Cow beer.
Where do you get inspiration for your videos? Who is your favorite director?
My favorite director is Spike Jonze, primarily for his music videos and commercials. My inspiration usually comes when seeing a band play live. Not by watching the band, but watching people watch the band.
In my opinion, some directors try too hard to achieve auteur status. Would you agree? And how would you describe your own directing? Do you have a trademark style?
I like to not really have a distinct, defined style, or at least not think about it too much. Each project is different and I think the best thing a director can have is an open mind, to be able to take and not take ideas from everyone on set. To simply call the shots and stay out of the way of what is happening right now. But usually, bright colors, something visceral and something maybe a bit suggestive.
Are you musically inclined? If so, which instruments do you play? did you ever aspire to perform on stage as a musician?
I was a singer for a period of time and did musical theater in New York. I dabble in the guitar and like to rhyme things that shouldn’t rhyme. Most of my family are musicians but I got more of the acting bug than the music bug.
How did you feel before your first ever stage performance with 100 Monkeys?
A little nervous, it was at Summerfest infront of about 7,000 people, but as soon as you go on stage that goes away. Excitement and nervousness can be treated as the same emotion.
It is an overwhelming sensation to have fans at all, much less in a different country! The biggest thing is to remain humble. I’m just a dude. I hope I can entertain you, its as simple as that.
How does it feel to have the crowd rapping along with you to The Sound?
Absolutely amazing. The fact I can make 400 people say Brussel Sprouts at the same time is so much fun that I’m surprised it is legal.
How did your involvement and rap for The Sound come about? And why did you choose the stage name “Thwilla”?
My friends and I would always rap while doing mundane things. They started calling me Thwilla probably because I’m a huge Michael Jackson fan…and it just stuck. The band at the time wanted something off-beat to add to The Sound and what is more off-beat than a rap break about the Charleston?
How was it having Marty around for some of the UK shows?
Awesome. Marty is a great friend and it is so cool to all of the sudden see a familiar person in an unfamiliar place. Like seeing your teacher at the grocery store.
What is your best memory of the European tour?
Trying to find the McDonalds in Lille, France. A person couldn’t understand us saying McDonalds with our American accents, then Lani sang the “bah dah ba ba ba” theme song and he knew exactly what we were talking about. So funny.
My Thwilla tips paid for a trip after tour to go see the LHC at CERN. I’m a closeted nerd. It was so cool and I thank everyone who helped!! And yes the Big Ben money tin sits on my desk next to my computers.
I’m not sure it is technically 100 Monkeys but “She’s my shooting star”.
I had to make a video with an actor….it was really mundane content, so I just started throwing things at him because I was board. It made the video really come together though, so I thought it might be a good idea for a music video.
I wrote a video for Keep Awake that I always wanted to make. The location fell through and it never ended up happening, but I would have loved to make one for that song.
Wow. John Wilkes Booth. About how he considered himself to be misunderstood, but was probably just a bad guy. Spencer and I actually talked about a treatment for this way back in the day.
From the age of about 11-14, I was pretty sure I was going to develop mutant powers. I thought I was going to be able to control electricity. I went so far as to lick a cable cord….I do not recommend this. I’m still waiting for my powers to come.
Yes as long as they are covered in cheese and you can’t taste them…all you can taste is cheese.
Betty Davis was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson whenasked “What is the best way for a young actress to get into Hollywood?” she responded “Well, I’d take Fountain”. (Fountain is a street that tends to have less traffic)
I’m writing an online video for a beef company…weird right? And of course I am always down to appear on anyone’s tracks.Thanks guys!!!!!
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