Writer/Director Nathan Blackwell answers frequently asked questions.
Q.) When did Squishy Studios begin?
NB.) The first movie to be called a "Squishy Studios" production was the feature film "The Constant Epiphanies of Billy The Blood Donor," which began in early 2005. At that time, however, we didn't know what to call ourselves. It wasn't until "The Lords of Dragonhoth", which was released in February 2007, several months before "Billy", that we finally settled on the name. Before Squishy Studios, the name for our childhood filmmaking endeavors was "Blackwell Moo-Vs."
Q.) What's the origin of the name "Squishy Studios"?
NB.) Ha ha, well, that's a long story. The short version is that our mascot, the blue cartoon shark at the top of our studio gate, is named Squishy Shark. He has come to epitomize the "yay" in making movies, so hence anything that's "squishy" also has that spirit of "yay." So, it's not so much that the studio is named after the character, but rather the spirit of that "yay-ness." The long version requires charts and a diagram.
Q.) How would you describe the Squishy Studios style?
NB.) Heart warming comedy? Movies with a "yay" sensibility? It's hard to say, really, but we love comedy and we love playing with other genres. The combination of heart, comedy, and a fun genre is how we share our love of movies with the audience.
Q.) Where are you located?
NB.) We're based in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm the rare breed that was actually born and raised in the Valley of the Sun. That's the case for many of our other members, actually. We also have a Squishy Studios West in West Hollywood.
Q.) What's a Squishy Studios production like?
NB.) Over the years, Squishy Studios has become an extended family. Working on our sets is more fun than most film shoots. Sure, we know there's a lot to do, but we try to keep it as light and as stress free as possible. Big egos are not allowed on set. We want everyone involved to enjoy the process of making of the movie. That being said, I like to work fast. Lots of setups. Most of our shorts are shot in one or two days, with an average of about forty or more setups a day.
Q.) If I'm an actor, how can I get involved in a Squishy Studios project?
NB.) Our facebook site is the best source for any upcoming projects. Generally, we don't do casting calls, we work with actors we've known for a while. But when we do larger projects, like our web series or a feature film, we don't keep it a secret and make a public announcement.