GBNews Exclusive: Interview with creator of McBusters
A little over a month ago the McBusters hit the web and made every hardcore Ghostbusters fan make “special sauce” in their pants (too low brow?). We’ve been lucky enough to have a word with the shows creator, Myke Chilian, and he filled us in on his inspiration behind the series.
Obvious question first. The McBusters. Why?
Honestly I’m not sure what compelled me to make this short. Weirdly enough, it came to me in a dream a few months ago. But originally as a Halloween costume… Ronald McDonald as a Ghostbuster! But as i thought more about the visual, something told me it would make for a better short film than a silly costume.
Have you been surprised with the response of the first Episode?
Yes, very much! I never thought there were so many hardcore GB fans out there… I didn’t know about your website, no offense. But i feel like even non-hardcore fans like it too. I think I made sure to write more jokes than movie references. Not to mention everyone, including myself, loves to pick on McDonald’s.
What type of software are you using for the video(s)? How many people are involved?
I used Adobe Flash to make the whole show. As a matter of fact, I used this project as an excuse to learn the program. Channel 101 has an insanely strict deadline so i figured i’d use that to light the match under my butt to get it done. The program can be a bit finicky, but it didn’t matter because I had to get it done.
Start to finish. How long did the first episode take to make?
From the very first version of the script to the day I submitted it, it probably took me roughly 3 months. And that’s with me balancing my time between the project and my day job. But episode 2 took me about 1 month, thanks to my awesomely supportive friends who helped slave over it with me.
We LOVE the Walter Peck character that was used on the first episode. You really nailed his persona, but why all the cursing? (which we love btw)
I don’t know why i decided to make him so vulgar. I’m not that clever of a writer, so when i need a punchy joke here and there i go to curse words. Its my 11 year old humor I guess. And it is a cartoon, which means exaggerated versions of people. To have Walter Peck say “motherfucker” and “shit” every now and then seems pretty appropriate for a condensed version of him. But i owe the success of that character to Eric Bauza, who voiced both him and Hamburglar. The man is a genius!
Do you see McBusters as a two-four episode series, or could it be something more?
Well, the way Channel 101 works is if you get enough votes you have to make another episode. So, now that I got voted back I have to make a continuation episode. Which is all done, by the way. You can see it on my YouTube page or at www.Channel101.com. As for how long I think it can go, I’d say up to 3 episodes. I feel like i’d really be stretching the concept thin if i kept it any longer than that.
Have you ever been given a “GIRLS TOY!” at McDonalds?
Yeah sure, who hasn’t? Especially when your parents’ order from the drive thru and you have no idea what’s going on from the back seat of the car. It might have happened several times actually.
Is their any scenes from the two films that you’d like to try within the McBusters universe?
Ya, definitely. I pull off a few good references in the 2nd episode of McBusters. But there were a few jokes I really wanted to do, but had to pull out because of time issues. But the one joke I had to cut that really bummed me out was a reference to Groundhog’s Day (which of course is directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray). It would’ve been a cool nod to them from a fan’s perspective. But it was making my episode run a bit to long so i had to cut it. Wasn’t too funny anyway.
Can you confirm Grimace as Stay Puft? It’s the obvious choice, and we love that purple looking beast!
Just watch the 2nd episode.
How can fans support the McBusters?
However they’d like i guess. Reblogging the videos would help spread the insanity. But really i think it’d be better and much more practical to support Channel 101. There’s all kinds of great shows coming out of there. For years now i’ve been involved and i really owe the success of McBusters to them for teaching me how to craft a show that can entertain an audience of 300+ people in LA. Go to www.Channel101.com and watch all the wonderful shows that my friends create. You wont be disappointed!
Anything you’d like to add:
Thanks for enjoying McBusters. Its great to get such awesome feed back from fellow GB fans! Your site is great and I now find my self checking it often.
Be sure to check out CHANNEL101.com!