Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rob Michael Hugel on I Hate Being Single

I Hate Being Single, a video web series created and starred by Rob Michael Hugel, follows the life of an unfortunate young man living in Brooklyn without a lady to call his own. The series has been circulating the web and landing on websites like Splitsider and The Gothamist. I wanted a little piece of the action so I found him online.

me: let's gchat this up!
Your web series, I Hate Being Single is great!
 Rob:  Thank you so much!
 me:  The response from viewers has been very positive.
The show has a very personal point of view, were you expecting so many people to respond to it in the way that they did?
Rob:  I can't say I expected people to respond a certain way. There was a while when writing and producing episodes where I kept thinking... I HOPE people like it. Writing from such a personal point of view, I was sometimes afraid they would look and say, "what the hell is he talking about?" or "what makes him so special that his life deserves a show?" or something like that. But what drove me to do it anyway was thinking about shows I like, and how personal they are. Freaks and Geeks, Seinfeld. The shows I like the most are where you watch and can see that this MUST have come from somewhere real in someone's life.
me:  Something that makes this series stand out, besides the fact that it is quite funny, is that it seems like you invested a lot in the production value: the song, the opening, the brand; everything is top notch. Was this a goal from the beginning?
Rob:  Thank you! Yes, it was the goal to invest (time not money) in the entire process of the show from top to bottom. I took a while just brainstorming ideas and adding them into the pot. I want the show to resemble TV or film in every way possible besides the length of time. I'm a stickler for quality, especially the basics of sound, lighting, and editing. My rule is, if it's something that was written and planned to film, then there's no excuse for distracting quality errors. It doesn't cost much more and there are people out there who do it for free if you can find them through friends/networking.  If I am taking the time to write it, produce it, and put it on the internet where potentially millions could see it, I want to make it look as good as I possibly can so it has the best potential of being seen/accepted by the "internet"
aka WORLD.
me:  So what does the future hold for fictional Rob and real Rob?
 Rob:  Fictional Rob still has some rough times ahead... He'll have a few bad nights, an uncomfortable party, another date gone wrong, he might find his place at the end of the season though, His ex might come back into the picture, he might join an underground group of outcast single dudes in Brooklyn.
Real Rob is very busy trying to keep the release of the series going strong, I'd like to work on season 2 as soon as the editing process is complete. I'm starting to pitch around to different places with ideas. Besides that, working on a comedy career on stage and continuing maude night, and doing stand-up.  I'd like to pursue stand up more seriously in the future.

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