Chelmsford based Chris Phillips is a director/editor who specialises in music videos, motion graphics and entertainment. He has directed music promos for acts such as Lady Sovereign, Wiley and Fei Comodo and worked on a variety of MTV shows including Pimp My Ride UK and Zane Lowe’s Gonzo. In 2007 he directed and edited 138 episodes of MTV Base show DJ Takeover. Currently he creates title sequences and motion graphics for MTV shows and is finishing the latest episodes of The Mighty Moshin Emo Rangers, an independant internet comedy he co-created which was picked up by MTV.
How would you describe Mighty Moshin Emo Rangers to somebody who hadn’t seen it before?
It’s basically a spoof of saturdays morning kids tv shows like power rangers, thunderbirds etc. Imagine if the kids from skins were really depressed and had super powers.
Would you call it a podcast, new media, a webseries or any such definition?
I guess a web series is a fair title. They are only short mini episodes, about 5 minutes but it’s been broadcast on tv. Apparently the IMDB lists it as a proper mtv show, and one of my jobs on it was ‘cinematopgraher’. I’m not sure if this makes it more legitamate or whether it proves IMDB is a load of crap.
How did the first series come about?
i saw a picture of my emo looking friend dressed as a ninja and called him an emo ranger. the joke seemed to be quite funny so stupidly i spent the next 5 years of my life making episodes on the whim of a bad joke.
How did the show end up on MTV?
someone at mtv saw us on myspace back when middle aged media types thought myspace was hip. they lured us in with their amazing brand name and we stayed for the tedious work and average wages.
Explain your working relationship with Nick Pittom.
nick makes emo rangers with me. our working relationship is a bit like an old couple. most of the time we’re just going through the motions with a glazed expression – but once in a while we rekindle the spark with a bit of effort and create some magic.
How long from initial idea to final release did series 1 take?
2 fucking years.
Were you always going to make a second series?
i guess we knew it had legs. the first series got loads of attention on youtube and myspace and all that, but production wise its a bit… how can i say… shit? so we decided we had to make a better lot.
What if any practical differences were there between the making of series 1 and 2?
we were flat mates for the first series. i’ve since moved in with my girlfriend and we’re getting married next year and stuff which is really cool, but it means theres less time to hang out with nick and film teenage girls fighting at our local skate park. but u have to make those kind of sacrifices if you want a real life, instead of being the ‘older guy’ who hangs out with the local students in an awkward attempt at pulling some nervous 18 yr old who’s drunk too much cider and wine with a flimsy excuse of filming them for a ‘web series’.
Will people ever get to see series 2?
yeah i promise. we’re nearly done! 🙂 nearly! hey watchmen took 15 years to get finished.