Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mystic Cosmic - Gavin Hignight Interview

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Gavin Hignight is a writer, producer and film director. His TV Animation writing credits include Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lost in Oz, Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.

He is the creator, writer and producer of the TV Series Mystic Cosmic Patrol.

Also the writer and creator of the graphic novel Motor City and the cyberpunk webcomic The Concrete World.

In 2012 his first young adult novel The Freak Table was released by publisher Rebel Sidekick.

He has also produced and directed the music videos for the song Night from the album Lost Themes by film director and composer John Carpenter, and its 2016 follow-up Utopian Facade from Carpenter's album Lost Themes.


Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that filmmaking was not just a hobby, but that it would be your life and your living?
I was about 15 or 16 years old. I knew very early on I wanted to make film or television. It’s taken two plus decades to make that dream a reality.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in creating film?
That no matter your talent, or your passion it still takes a lot of hard work and luck. And the best way to create that luck is to just keep making things. Don’t stop. Use those nights and weekends wisely. The more you make the better you’ll get, the better you get the more others will notice what you’re making. And most importantly. Enjoy the journey of a project. Fall in love with the process. Having people watch what you make is just one part of that journey.

What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?
Real characters. So important. Real honest characters whether they are flawed or super human, I love film and tv with though behind it. Also, I love being surprised, I love when a filmmaker knows all the rules, then breaks them, breaks the tropes and stereotypes to surprise me.

In your show; MYSTIC COSMIC PATROL, can you tell my Nerd community a little about it?
I wanted to make a series that was actually for nerds/geeks etc… I was tired of seeing programs like Big Bang Theory being sold as “what nerds are like or what nerds like.” I wanted to make a sitcom that fanboys/fangirls would really enjoy, not what the mainstream thought fanboys/fangirls are like.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I just finished a new short film with John Kassir, Malcolm Danare and Cig Neutron. It’s called NIGHT PEOPLE, I can’t wait for people to see it. It’s an example of everything I love in indie film. It will release online in early October after Mystic is finished releasing episodes.

What makes acting great for you?
Wow… so many things. But mainly honestly, small choices, real choices and stereotypes being broken,

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another movie, who would it be and why?
I’d introduce all my characters to Steve McGarret from Hawaii Five 0… THE ORIGINAL, as played by Jack Lord. My hope would be if they could meet him so could I. Love that show.

What was your unforgettable moments during the filming of MYSTIC COSMIC PATROL?
There were many fun moments. But there’s a certain scene in Potty Mouth Part 2, that anyone who watches it… well, they know the one. We could only get it in one take, because we didn’t have spare uniforms… it was freaking hilarious!!! Chris Masterson cracked me up to the extreme.

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
That’s easy, memorable in a bad way. I worked at a water park in the heat of summer and some days had to dress in the crappy walrus mascot costume and have kids try to step on my tail and punch me in the walrus junk.

Who was your first girlfriend?
A gentleman keeps some things to himself.

When was the last time you cried?
I was pretty moved by the No Man’s Land scene in Wonderwoman. The older I get the more the water works want to come out at movies. I’m always moved by great powerful things in film. That scene means a lot to so many and I can see why.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
That’s a tough one 50s, 60s, or 70s… Maybe not the 60s I wouldn’t want to get drafted.

What is your greatest adventure?
I’m still on that. Always trying to outdo myself on that one. I will say breaking into an abandoned mental institution as a teen and walking through Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto stand out.

It’s fast, funny and free.

My favorite, which was improved by actor Chris Candy, “Jack, you’re a space pig.”

The character Leo is named after a famous giant robot in a tokusatsu show.

Ideal Locations to Write About?  
I’m currently in Rome writing in a café… I could write about the café its so perfect.

Ways your Get Inspired to Write. 
Always write, even when you’re not inspired

Dream Vacation Stops 
TOKYO!! Again and again and again

Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time. 
Too many to list. But I’d try to teach all the jackasses about empathy.

Characteristics of a great friend.

“Mystic Cosmic Patrol,” an interstellar spoof with exciting Kaiju action, features a special blend of comedy, martial arts and Sci-fi adventure where spandex clad heroes fight ridiculous rubber monsters. The pilot episode features “Malcolm in the Middle” star Chris Masterson as Jack the Blue Patrolman, leading a team consisting of Leo the Red Patrolman (Tim Jo from Fox’s “Pitch”), Emily the Green Patrolman (Chelsea Tavares from Freeform’s “Unfabulous”), Carl the Pink Patrolman (Chris Candy), Candy the Yellow Patrolman (Laura Monaco) and Micky the Black Patrolman (Gavin Hignight). With the wisdom of Gorgon (Tim Russ of “Star Trek Voyager”) and their trusty Martini-Bot (John Kassir of “Tales from the Crypt”), only the Mystic Cosmic Patrol can put an end to Rutina’s devious plots to destroy Earth.

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