beA Herculean sense that gay-themed "I'm Fine" web series creator/writer/director/producer/guest star Brandon Kirby has insight into the lives and loves of WeHos made a telephone conversation with him in conjunction with Dekkoo releasing the third season episodes on July 25, 2019 a special treat. A post on "Fine" S1 and an article on S2 provides a good overview of that series, Thoughts on S3 will follow the DVD release of that season in the next few months.
The chance to find out how Kirby gets everything so right prompted asking where he hid the camera that has been recording my life for years. He chuckled and replied "that close to home, huh?"
He explained that the series started as highly auto-biographical and that S1 was really based on him. He added that friends of main character Nate were loosely based on his friends. More fun related to hearing about how the real friends of Kirby speculated about which individuals in his life inspired his reel long-time companions.
Kirby made up for admitting that he had not read any of my posts about "Fine" by laughing and saying that he liked my using the name "Natey" in reference to a relationship between Nate and Joey; more atonement in the form of liking recent tweets on those posts is pending.
Kirby described the evolution of "Fine" as "once the actors got ahold of it, it got beyond my own life." We "worked on it together."
This topic required asking Kirby about the real-life inspiration for "Fine" character Jeff, who developed an "its complicated" relationship with best-friend Nate. Kirby merely stated that that "buddy" never explicitly acknowledged that character.
This developed into Kirby sharing that "the hooking up with a friend is something I wanted to explore; I felt that it was something that gay men could relate to," Most readers see the truth in this,
Kirby further noted that the third season was the final one, commenting that the series had reached a "natural conclusion."
An IMDb credit for the upcoming anthology film "Deathember," which takes "a look at the dark side of the festive season" led to discussing the Kirby contribution of the "queer horror" short "All Sales Final." He added that he usually works on that genre when collaborating with "Fine" writer Michael Varrati.
This pair also has "The More the Scarier" to their credit; IMDb describes that one as "What happens when a horny ghost haunts your apartment?"
Kirby stated that "Scarier," which uses "I Love Lucy" style credits, is an "irreverent sitcom" with a laugh track. He laughed but did not respond when asked if the horny ghost was a Cuban bandleader.
All of use will get a chance to see "Scarier" when it premieres on Dekkoo in October.
More Than A Pretty Face
Pre-interview research revealed that Kirby was a secondary-education grad, student at Marymount Loyola University in Los Angeles. He shared that he wanted to teach English when he graduated.
When asked about which book that he would like to adapt into a film, Kirbrby responded The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud. He added that others had tried that project but had never gotten a movie made.
Kirby additionally commented that the novel Adam by Ted Dekker was a "hot topic" and had recently been made into a movie.
Getting to know Kirby made it clear that he epitomized the modern approach to independent film-making. He seemed surprised to asked why he produces streaming material and stated that he only has ever worked in that format. The clear implication is that he never will expand beyond that.
It is equally clear that he is a bright well-educated guy who has succeeded in communicating his perspective and psyche in a manner that greatly entertains those of who have several barely started novels and even less-developed ideas for films and television series in our heads.
This amounts to a future class of kids who will try watching the movie, rather reading the book, and will pass off downloaded papers as their own work being in for a treat when they get Kirby as a teacher.