MUSICEYES & EDGE

SUPER CHILL

MUSICEYES & EDGE
SUPER CHILL
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With the recent onset of tv shows around Portland (Portlandia, Grimm, and yes, even The Real World), it is nearly impossible to walk down the street without bumping into a film crew. It makes sense, as Portland serves as an unusual setting, offering its quirky people and places.Speaking of quirky, Greg Ash and Vin Shambry definitely have that role down with their new improvisational comedy Super Chill is airing weekly beginning Monday, August 27th at vimeo.com/superchill. The show centers around two misfits trying to make it (or at least dreaming about it). Lucky ducks we are got to go to the premiere and speak with director/actor Ash about how it all came to be.E+E: How did the two of you meet? We need the deets.Greg Ash: We met last summer when Vin needed someone to look after his cat, Lady Cudi, whilst he was away on holiday. When he returned and found Lady Cudi still alive, he decided to be my friend.E+E: What was the inspiration behind Super Chill?GA: Because a big section of the show is improvised, there was never a solid idea of what Super Chill would be. We still don't really know. However, the idea came through both of us wanting to produce something that showcased our talents. For us, Portland represented a chance for us to do things ourselves. In February, probably over a drink at Dig A Pony, we solidified the idea of a comedy series where we could play fictionalised versions of ourselves. Vin had a habit of saying "Super Chill" a lot in sentences back then and I suggested that would be a good title for our show. We didn't know exactly what that meant, but everything seemed to fall into place after that point.E+E: How long did it take you to shoot the first season of Super Chill?GA: It took just over a month in total. With the crew all working on other local productions, such as Grimm and Leverage, we were often restricted to shooting on weekends. Each episode took roughly a day to film.E+E: Any hilarious stories while filming?GA: Filming at the Penny Market (20th and Stark) was a great experience. We just walked in there and asked Heuk, the Korean guy who works there, if he minded us filming. We told him he could play himself. He turned to his Mum and Dad, who don't speak much English, pointed to his chest and said "I'm actor." He turned out to be such a natural that we asked him to appear again in Episode 6. When we turned up to film the episode at the time we'd agreed, Heuk was nowhere to be seen. I turned to his Dad and said "Where's Heuk?" and he put his hand to his head miming that he was still in bed sleeping. When he eventually got up, he complained he had a stiff neck. I had to bribe him by buying coconut waters so he agreed to act. The fame had already gone to his head!E+E: How would you describe the dynamic between the two of you?GA:  Our onscreen dynamic is one of healthy misunderstanding. We are two quite different people, united by a common goal but divided by a common language. I’m the more highly strung, analytical one and Vin is more laidback and sometimes a little slower on the uptake. We are both idealistic and honest at heart, which is where we connect.E+E: What brought the both of you to Portland?GA: After a few years of living and working in London, I was looking for somewhere new. I met a couple of Portlanders in South America and when I visited them here I fell in love with the city. I currently visit as much as your immigration will let me. Vin was actually born and raised in Portland but left to study and work in New York for 9 years before returning. We were both drawn to this smaller, more personal and more open-minded city, where we felt we could make things happen for ourselves.E+E: What do you guys see for the future of Super Chill?GA: The beauty of using life as inspiration means we have lots of ideas. If Season 1 is well-received, we'd love to shoot more web episodes when I return to Portland in the winter. In the long run we'd love to be even more ambitious. Maybe we'll get a TV series commissioned or even produce a feature film version. There's certainly some interesting things in store for our characters. But who knows... We'll have to see if anyone likes us first.E+E: What do you love most about Portland?GA: The people I've met here.Super ChillLike them on Facebook