I’ve recently stumbled across an amazing web series called Going Nowhere. The show is centered around Chris and Larry, two best friends and the epic world in which they live. Whether the boys are flying, fighting over a girl or sneaking wishes from a genie, their story is a tale of pop culture dreams. Recently, I shared the glory of Going Nowhere with Jon Venture. Much to my delight he was wearing my goofy smile as he watched along. It’s not often I can get Jon to come around to my way of thinking but I guess a show that has DeLoreans and Ninja Turtles can win him over.
I dare you to watch Episode 9 (Shell Shock) and not fall in love with these guys.
A great thing about the crew of the Going Nowhere show is that they’re local guys. I was able to catch up with co-creator Larry White and ask him a few questions about the series:
I’m a huge fan of the GNS. I’ve watched every episode and I can’t help wonder what made you guys want to start your own web series?
I can only speak for myself but I had seen the webseries “We Need Girlfriends” a while back and had the idea of doing one for a while. I had started one webseries before going nowhere but it failed before it began. Going nowhere started as a sideproject to entertain our friends while we worked on bigger things, and as season 1 progressed we took it more seriously.
There is a hilarious love/hate bromance between the two main characters and it leaves me curious, how much of yourselves are in the Chris & Larry of each episode?
Ah, there’s definitely alot of me in the episodes, but just the entertaining parts. Sometimes I have that silly humor, sometimes I find humor in being a dick as a joke. I write most of the episodes so I kinda write Chris’s character as how I imagine he would best work with me. Compared to his on screen character, I’d probably say hes a nicer guy in person.
Your pop culture references are ridiculously on point. I feel like anyone between the ages of 18-35 would like this series. Is there a target audience for GNS?
I try to make the series for everyone to enjoy. Lets face it, swearing doesnt stop kids from wanting to see something, I loved southpark as a kid. The older references are for older people and for younger people that were introduced to it by their parents. I like to think of the show as a live action cartoon.
What are your favorite episodes? I can’t decide if “Back to Nowhere” is my favorite episode or The Disney/Scott Pilgrim themed episode “Valerie”.
When I watched Scott Pilgrim, it instantly became my favorite movie. So it would be episode 6, our scott pilgrim episode. I put alot of myself in that one.
It’s rare to see such a well produces web series with only a handful of people involved. I can’t imagine how much work goes into making these episodes come to life. What was the hardest obstacle you’ve come across while making seasons 1 and 2 of GNS.
For season 1, it was probably getting episode 6 finished by our release date. really slaved on that one. As for season 2, every prop was a pain in the ass, like the proton pack, Delorean, and ninja turtle costume. But the turtle costume was deffinately the toughest one to not only make, but film with.
Outside of the GNS you’ve put together a handful of shorts based on recent video game releases. Of the endless titles that are released, how do you choose which to use? Do you have any more planned?
Well we think what hasn’t been over done, what property we’re capable of bringing to real life. If there’s an audience to spread it and if its worth the hassle of doing it. We should have our “The Hunger Gamers” out by December. That should top everything we’ve done as far as epicness goes.
The best GNS episodes for me are richly laced with references to my childhood. Do you have any other pop culture episodes on the horizon you could tease us with?
Well I’m still debating on what the finale theme should be but our next episode will be themed on a show I feel is similar to ours, Regular Show. They often refference the 80′s, and its two buddies were an episode starts normal and quickly escalates to something completely ridiculous.
Given infinite resources. What would be a dream video that you would produce?
I once had a dream to make a big budget DragonballZ, but FOX ran that dream to the ground. I’d love to make a real Spider-man, or Ninja Turtles film, or even direct a CG animated Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
Outtakes are my favorite thing about getting to watch a movie on DVD. The fact that you keep yours in the credits makes me watch until the very last second. Is there anything in the outtakes you wish you hadn’t put in? Something terribly embarrassing?
Nope, never had a problem embarrassing myself, lol. I do find it unfortunate when my gut is showing in certain outakes, my weight fluxuates throughout the show, as does my spikey hair/scruffyness. My hair was so bad in episode 9, I had to finally give my character a hat.
If you’re interested in more of Season 2 check out the Going Nowhere channel.
Season 1 is available here.
Their gamer videos from the Machinima channel are here.