Joe Bonacci and Michael Canfield are a Brooklyn comedy duo that recently created a comedic, interactive Choose Your Own on Youtube that allows the viewer to botch a corporate job interview over and over again. The series is getting some great buzz -- both MTV Comedy and Lisa Kudrow have recently mentioned it on twitter. I recently met up with Michael and Joe to pick their brains about this quirky ideas.
Ed: How did you guys come together to work on this project?
Joe: We met studying improv at UCB and stayed in touch after the class. We have been trying to figure out funny projects to do together ever since.
Michael: Our shared interest of poking fun at the blissfully ignorant people of the world lead us to talking about a variety of different idiots going on job interviews.
Ed: Why did you guys choose to make The Job Interview interactive?
Joe: This seemed liked the most logical and coincidentally, funniest way of telling these stories.
Michael: It was also important for us, at least once, to give the audience the option to break a vase over their respective head during the job interview.
Ed: I can't imagine how that would ever better your chances at getting a job, but it's funny to see how the character genuinely thinks that would help their chances.
Michael: Yeah, Zach was hilarious as that crazed character under the "Enter Powerfully" option.
Ed: How many potential ways to finish the interview are there?
Michael: There are 75 total videos, 38 different endings, with a total run time of... I really have no idea, but i'd imagine it's around the length of a feature film.
Ed: I really liked the music throughout. How did you work to create the soundtrack?
Joe : We had a great time working with Spencer Snyder to give each character's path it's own unique feel. I think we both learned a great deal from him and we can't imagine this project working without his brilliant music.
Ed: Were any of the scenes completely improvised that day?
Michael: The dialogue was written out. We knew the endings, but often times we'd improvise past those.
Joe: Sometimes we would re-shoot a bit because after acting it out, we thought something else would be funnier. We shot so many hilarious cat lady intros, under "Enter With a Cat," but kept the one where it crawls on Alex's back. We didn't plan that and Alex rolled with it so casually, which was great.
Ed: If you had to choose, what path would you suggest for yielding the funniest result?
Joe: I think "Discuss" under "Enter Professionally" is one of my favorites. It's the one where I beg Michael to tell me why he doesn't want give me the job, after I've been a complete train wreck the whole interview. He's forced to explain everything I did wrong and I still can't understand why I didn't get the job.
Ed: I like that one.
Michael: For me, it's probably the rooftop restaurant scene, which is "I'm Looking Forward to Working Here" under "Enter Professionally." That was all improvised; the hitting... Ten seconds after Joe's character showed up, I really didn't know where the scene was gonna go. And it turned out funny, so we used all of it.
Ed: What is it like Directing and Acting in the same project?
Michael: It's nice to basically have complete creative freedom to do whatever you want.
Joe: It allowed us to do as much improvising as we wanted which continues to be very important to us.
Ed: What's next on the pipeline for you guys?
Michael: We have more choose your owns written which we're seeking funding for. But we don't want to feel limited to just that format.
Ed: Do you think you'll use Kickstarter?
Joe: Yes, most likely. It would also be great to meet other directors and performers to collaborate with.
Edmond Hawkins does graphics for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is also a writer and director. Check out his Vimeo page here: http://vimeo.com/hawkins