Liberty Mutual is sponsoring the Responsibility Project which uses entertainment to create a forum for people to discuss personal acts of responsibility. For the films they have asked a group of NBC stars to answer the question, What does responsibility mean to you? The stars were asked to come up with the concept, write and direct the 60 second short film. Those films will debut all week on NBC. Zachary Levi met with a few of us journalists to talk about his experience.
Zachary Levi is the star of Chuck and this holiday will be a voice in Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakwil. He used his production company, Coattails Entertainment to work with him on his first time directing. The film is called, The Chase, and will be on October 13 during the Biggest Loser. Here is the Q & A with Zachary Levi:
Q: What is it like to direct for the first time and directing yourself (he’s in the film)?
A:Very interesting (laughs). I started directing a bit in theater but this is the first film that I’ve directed so I’m really excited about it. NBC brought the idea up and I wanted to use it as practice for directing Chuck (he will be directing an episode of Chuck). Hiring the crew from Chuck helped us accomplish a lot in a few days.
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of directing a one minute short film?
A: It’s very difficult because it’s only one minute. Having never directed before, it’s hard. It came down to the editing room and friends at NBC were able to put their input. I’m proud of the 60 second spot and I learned alot.
Q: What advice do you have for new directors?
A: There are so many aspects to directing. Be prepared. Don’t feel you can wing it.
Q: Have you ever lost a wallet or found one?
A: I have lost a wallet and found one. Sometimes you see a stray $20 and I try to put myself in the loser’s shoes. With the Chase, I wanted to make something that you didn’t know what it was about until the end. Returning a lost wallet is a perfect example of personal responsibility.
Q: When can we see Chuck on tv again?
A: Check will be on March 1 or around then. NBC picked it up for mid-season. Unless something unforeseeable happens.
Q: Do you have an interest in directing webisodes?
A: I feel like webisodes should be what everyone wants them to be which should be an answer to what television is but online. But not sure if it’s there yet. I have seen some well published webisodes, but people yearn for more than just 3 minute shows. I would like to direct webisodes but not necessarily in the way they currently are.
Q: What do you think of the Chuck Halloween costume?
A: Has to be the coolest thing I’ve seen in my life. There are few things that strike you. I saw the Chuck comic book and was awestruck. If they ever make a Chuck video game I might die on the spot because that would be incredible.
Q: What does personal responsibility mean to you?
A: I don’t know if it’s going to mean much of any different. It’s an universal truth and the first step is to realize you aren’t alone and we’re all living in this world together.
Zachary was amazing and completely humble and nice during our interview. We love getting to talk to him on GamingAngels.com any chance we get!
Here is the breakdown of all the shorts you can see this week on NBC:
Monday Milo Ventimiglia will be directing a short film staring Masi Oka
Tuesday is the Zachary Levi piece during Biggest Loser
Wednesday is Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights during the Jay Leno Show. Her piece is about giving back in your community
Thursday is Jack McBrayer during 30 Rock. His is an animated short about being a temp in an office.
We round up the week on Friday with Anthony Anderson directing Jeremy Sisto during the episode of Law and Order.
If you miss any of the commercials they will all be on NBC.com after they air.