An Interview with Colin Thiel

HR: What are you working on for IRL?

CT: We're working on a short film based on the "Casual Encounters" Craigslist category, and boy is that a wild little slice of human sexuality!  It took a while to figure out a way to develop a story from that prompt which wouldn't just be super raw or at least a little bit depressing, so eventually we went back to some familiar territory—a webseries called Real Adult Feelings which we produced for three "seasons" but haven't really touched for a couple of years.  Re-booting Real Adult Feelings for this project afforded us an opportunity to approach the prompt through a creative outlet with which we all still felt very comfortable despite having produced the last episode such a long time ago, and ultimately Jason and I were able to cook up a story in that world which we really liked.  It didn't take very long, either.

HR: Have you been having success finding material on Craigslist? Any particularly notable posts or surprises you've stumbled across?

CT: Finding usable material on the Casual Encounters pages was a bit of a challenge, honestly.  At least for me, it was.  I found plenty of, um... interesting(?) posts without looking very hard at all, but most of that stuff was kind of gnarly and not the sort of thing I had any interest in developing into a film.  Let's just say that the M4W page (and most variations thereof) is pretty difficult to imagine until you see it with your own eyes.  And Craigslist's super spare, stripped-down, almost sterile interface only amplifies that feeling.  But Jason managed to find a post pretty early on that we were able to use as a jumping-off point for our story.  We still found a place in the short for some of the choicest post titles, though, so that's something everyone can look forward to.

HR: Do you personally use Craigslist?

CT: I just found an apartment on Craigslist.  I know that's kind of a rookie move, but it's actually worked out pretty well so far.  I think the trick to using Craigslist is just to be super diligent, wary of all claims, and always expect the worst in order to avoid disappointment/buyer's remorse.  So kind of like life in general, I guess.  Really, though, I think Craigslist is dope.  It's weird and sketchy and you never know for sure what you might be getting or getting yourself into until you're there, but it's still ad-free and it works.  Kind of amazing that anything like that still exists on the internet.  It's absolutely useless for finding work, though.

HR: Is there an internet trend that you couldn’t live without? Are there any trends that you refuse to take part in?

CT: While I sincerely believe that a lot of the stuff on the internet has legitimate value, I don't think there's anything I couldn't live without.  Email, maybe?  I don't know.  I mean, even the good, valuable stuff is mostly filled with dumb or just plain bad content.  I still haven't joined Twitter or Instagram or any major social network outside of Facebook--and I think about killing my Facebook at least once a week.  But hey, I'm an old-fashioned grump who essentially refused to text until it was all but inescapable, so I'm probably the wrong person to ask about the internet.  I'll cop to this, though: Despite my claim that there's nothing on the internet that I couldn't live without, I spend an admittedly absurd amount of my free time online.  It seems like everyone does anymore.  I don't say that to excuse my own habit, I'm just saying... It's an epidemic.