With Shilpi Roy’s exciting announcement that the entire season 2 of the lovely Hipsterhood is going to be released on Blip on Tuesday, we thought we’d give you the scoop on what she’s planning for the next season. A couple of weeks ago I caught up with her and asked how season 2 of Hipsterhood came together, crowdfunding, and hipster awkwardness in general.
GN – When you first started Hipsterhood, did you have any plans for second season? How did working on the first season effect the way you made the second?
SR – I definitely did NOT have plans for season 2. In my mind, the story was done, even though I’d intentionally left my two main characters in a very bizarre moment at the end of season 1. I only decided to make season 2 after I realized that 1)Hipsterhood had a fanbase 2)those fans really wanted to know what happens next. So, I guess ask and you shall receive!
While season 2 had more people working on it than season 1, there were made essentially the same way. I made season 1 atypically – I shot one episode, had about two months to edit to together, and then shot the rest of them very quickly. This gave me time to see what worked and what didn’t, so that I had all the kinks worked out when we went into the biggest chunk of production. With season 2, I wasn’t planning on doing this, but the scheduling worked out the same away again: I had to shoot one episode very early in the process, then wait a month and do all the rest of the shoot. While I didn’t think I needed that “work out the kinks” period again, turns out I did . I definitely spent a lot of time editing that first episode that we shot, figuring out what I did right and what I did wrong, and the rest of season 2′s footage is a lot better because of it.
GN – What can fans expect from this new season? Are Cereal Guy and Faux Fur Girl going to get out of their own heads a bit more?
SR – Hallelujah, there is dialogue. My main characters do get out of their heads more, though not totally. And I introduce a few more fun characters to liven things up. I think people will really enjoy season 2 as it retains a lot of the awkwardness and uncertainty that we saw from season 1, but this time, the characters portray it directly to each other, and we see what kind of miscommunications and hi-jinx ensue.