Wednesday, May 8, 2013

[Q&A] Luke Verge ("The Quest")

[19:11] <+LukeQuestCasting> Jasmine and I work for Profiles TV and we teamed up with an executive producer from LOTR to make the first ever action adventure show
[19:11] <+LukeQuestCasting> so basically its going to be Amazing Race in Middle Earth
[19:12] <+LukeQuestCasting> Jasmine and I are the casting team that are headed to Dallas next weekend
[19:12] <+LukeQuestCasting> Done
[19:12] <~Dan> Thanks, Luke!
[19:12] <+LukeQuestCasting> (done)
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[19:12] <+LukeQuestCasting> oops
[19:12] <~Dan> Would anyone like to get us started with a question?
[19:13] <~Dan> I'll start us off, then!
[19:13] <~Dan> Luke: The Amazing Race travels all over the world. How will the Quest mirror that?
[19:14] <+Sean_Punch> What level of consulting have you done with people in the traditional pen-and-paper adventure games industry?
[19:14] <+LukeQuestCasting> you guys will be in a set secret location it is similar to the Amazing Race because it is an action adventure show
[19:14] <~Dan> (I'll go ahead and call for a question pause there.)
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[19:15] <+LukeQuestCasting> Sean we have teamed up with one of the executive producers of LOTR and let me tell you he has gamed since he was a kid. So he has a huge background in it
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[19:17] <+LukeQuestCasting> (done)
[19:17] <~Dan> So is the show a bit more like, say, "Survivor," except a fantasy location instead of an island?
[19:17] <+Silverlion> Sounds awesome...
[19:17] <~Dan> (Silverlion here is another of our local game authors. :) )
[19:18] <+LukeQuestCasting> It is a competition reality show, but it is going to be like no other. It is the first season so I really dont know what it will entail
[19:19] <+Silverlion> Alas, I must run pick up my wife.
[19:19] <+Silverlion> BBS
[19:19] <~Dan> Do you know the sort of participant breakdown they're looking for? For example, are you looking for one gamer, one Harry Potter guy, one horror fanatic, etc.?
[19:20] <~Dan> (Or you're looking for, as the case may be. :) )
[19:20] <+LukeQuestCasting> We are looking for all types of ppl that are fun and energetic. So no we dont have one specific genre we need to cover
[19:21] <+LukeQuestCasting> RPG players are good because this is a fantasy adventure show and we are looking for ppl interested in that genre
[19:21] * ~Dan nods
[19:22] <~Dan> Do you know how much "roleplaying" will go into the show? (As in, people actually "getting into character"?)
[19:22] <+LukeQuestCasting> no idea
[19:23] <+LukeQuestCasting> I think we want you to be you in your own character
[19:23] <~Dan> Ah... as in people being themselves?
[19:23] <+LukeQuestCasting> it is YOUR chance to be the hero of your own story not your characters
[19:23] <~Dan> I see. Cool. :)
[19:24] <~Dan> Are there any specific requirements regarding athletic ability?
[19:24] <+LukeQuestCasting> no not at all
[19:25] <+LukeQuestCasting> thats a common misunderstanding in competiton shows
[19:25] <~Dan> And based upon my conversation with Jasmine, I gather that the balance of "brains vs. brawn" is still being worked out?
[19:25] <+LukeQuestCasting> we are not always looking for the biggest adn strongest
[19:25] * ~Dan nods
[19:25] <+LukeQuestCasting> ya there could be a mental based challange that brains will be needed over brawn
[19:27] <~Dan> What's your background with the fantasy genre, and was it part of what got you this particular job?
[19:27] <+LukeQuestCasting> Ive been a gamer since diapers
[19:28] <+LukeQuestCasting> literally have a triforce tattoo
[19:28] <~Dan> Nice. :)
[19:29] <~Dan> So, what were you working on prior to The Quest?
[19:29] <+LukeQuestCasting> I have worked on a bunch of different shows. from Supernanny to a show called Escape Routes
[19:30] <+LukeQuestCasting> so I bounce all over the spectrum but I like to do feel good shows or action adventure.
[19:30] <+LukeQuestCasting> i stay away from that Jerry Springer stuff hahaha
[19:30] <~Dan> Did the call go out for someone with some geek creds to handle casting for The Quest? Or did they know right off that you were their guy?
[19:31] <~Dan> (LOL re: Jerry Springer)
[19:32] <+LukeQuestCasting> haha I do have a background in casting first and it helps that I am a nerd
[19:32] <+LukeQuestCasting> but our entire team has some aspects covered
[19:32] <+LukeQuestCasting> example our other casting director Kristin is the BIGGEST Harry Potter fanatic on the planet
[19:33] <~Dan> Heh. Awesome. :)
[19:33] <+LukeQuestCasting> shes always sneaking those gross jelly beans into my candy stash
[19:33] <~Dan> Ewwww. Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. Heh.
[19:34] <~Dan> So in both of your cases, this job was something you'd be doing anyway, but that just happens to be a chance to let you draw on your passions?
[19:34] <+LukeQuestCasting> exactly
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[19:35] <~Dan> That's a truly special opportunity. I envy you!
[19:35] <+LukeQuestCasting> I ENVY YOU GUYS
[19:35] <+LukeQuestCasting> sadly since I work on the show I cant try out
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[19:36] <~Dan> (Hello, fantomx11! The Quest Q&A in progress! Ask any questions as you like. :) )
[19:36] <~Dan> Do you know how long people would need to be available to film the show?
[19:36] <+LukeQuestCasting> I wish I could be Link and tearing up some bad guys
[19:37] <+LukeQuestCasting> as of right now its 21 days in August but that could change so dont quote me on it
[19:37] * ~Dan nods
[19:37] <~Dan> How hard is that for people to do, generally speaking? Do you find a lot of people who'd be ideal for a given show but who just can't get away to do it?
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[19:39] <+LukeQuestCasting> No not at all
[19:39] <+LukeQuestCasting> heres the thing if you are passionate about something you will find a way to do it.
[19:39] <+LukeQuestCasting> and this show is the chance of a lifetime so the ppl we want will make it happen
[19:40] <~Dan> Good point.
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[19:40] <~Dan> I'm fortunate enough to work for a boss who was an old school D&D player back in the day, so I suspect she'd approve. :)
[19:41] <+LukeQuestCasting> haha thats always a plus too
[19:41] <~Dan> So as you've dived head-first into geek culture, has anything surprised you? For example, as long as I've been playing RPGs, I'm still forever surprised at just how Balkanized the hobby can be.
[19:42] <+etaoinshrdlu> ...
[19:44] <+LukeQuestCasting> The biggest surprise to me is the day jobs.
[19:44] <~Dan> Really? How so?
[19:45] <+LukeQuestCasting> we went to a Magic tourney in Boston. Where we met a guy who owned and was head instructor at an MMA gym
[19:46] <+LukeQuestCasting> and another guy was a special forces for army
[19:46] <~Dan> That's a good point, actually. Geeks definitely come in all shapes and sizes.
[19:46] <+LukeQuestCasting> thats the truth
[19:46] <+LukeQuestCasting> and thats who we are looking for
[19:47] <~Dan> Actually, that brings up another question: Do you have any concerns about people who don't seem to be "legit" geeks?
[19:48] <~Dan> I mean, I know from experience that you could have a show full of people that don't fit the usual stereotypes.
[19:48] <~Dan> (Overweight, bearded, awkward, etc.)
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[19:48] <~Dan> Do you feel obligated to give people what they expect?
[19:48] <~Dan> (Hello, shockvalue! Here for the Q&A?)
[19:49] <+shockvalue> Just listening in.  I actually auditioned in person in L.A. a few weeks ago with a friend.
[19:49] <~Dan> (Cool! Don't be shy about asking any questions! :) )
[19:50] <+LukeQuestCasting> ok sorry boss was yelling at me haha
[19:50] <+shockvalue> Well, the first thing that comes to mind is: should I be worried if we haven't been called back yet?
[19:50] <~Dan> No worries. :)
[19:51] <~Dan> (I'll call for a question pause while you get caught up, Luke.)
[19:51] <+LukeQuestCasting> legit geeks - I think everyone can geek out at something in there life you know
[19:51] * ~Dan nods
[19:51] <+LukeQuestCasting> it could be as little as watching the Star Wars trilogy once a year with the family
[19:51] <+LukeQuestCasting> or dominating the new assasins creed
[19:52] * ~Dan nods
[19:53] <+Sean_Punch> Heh, geeky can be a lot of things . . . Learning tango right now. The good dancers are geeky in a way most gamers could only hope to be. :) And I'm a bigger geek about mixology than gaming, even though I earn a living at gaming.
[19:54] <+LukeQuestCasting> ya it goes hand and hand with having a strong passion for something
[19:55] <~Dan> Well, let me rephrase: Do you feel any need to make sure that at least some of the contestants look like what people think a nerd "really" looks like?
[19:55] <~Dan> (Or acts/talks like, for that matter.)
[19:57] <+LukeQuestCasting> I cant say, just cause I dont know
[19:57] <+technoshaman> do you know if the show will be on netowrk or cable/satelite?
[19:57] <+LukeQuestCasting> Major Network
[19:57] <+LukeQuestCasting> cant say what one yet
[19:58] <~Dan> (Did you see shockvalue's question, Luke?)
[19:59] <+LukeQuestCasting> Shock Value where are you from?
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[20:00] <~Dan> I believe he said he's in LA...
[20:01] <~Dan> (Howdy, Gemini! Fire away with any questions for Luke of "The Quest". :) )
[20:01] <+technoshaman> can you give us an example or 2 of what type of challenges we will see on the show, since this fantasy based, if you have permission too that is? :)
[20:02] * &Lolth pokes her head in, does a drive-by question as she contemplates between sleeping and finding a way to kick the birds off the trees outside her bedroom. "Or, rather -- not really a question, but a plea: please, in the name of all that is holy, have a good cast of female nerds and geeks."
[20:03] <+Gemini> Lolth: You should probably specify what you mean by a 'good cast.'
[20:03] <+LukeQuestCasting> Techno- I cant say cause its season 1 I dont know
[20:04] <&Lolth> Well, from my point of view, it would be awesome if the balance of ratios between men and women is 1:1.
[20:05] <~Dan> Any thoughts on the subject, Luke?
[20:06] <+LukeQuestCasting> no idea
[20:06] <~Dan> (re: Lolth's observation, I mean.)
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[20:08] <+LukeQuestCasting> Def looking for good female nerds
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[20:08] <~Dan> Would it be correct to say that in the auditions, it's all about personality, given the fact that you don't know what the contestants will be facing?
[20:08] <~Dan> (Howdy, luc, Ettin! Q&A about "The Quest" in progress!)
[20:09] <+LukeQuestCasting> looking for fun energetic ppl
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[20:11] <&Lolth> Would you consider scouting people, say, from this channel or's forum?
[20:11] <+LukeQuestCasting> OF COURSE
[20:11] <+LukeQuestCasting> haha
[20:12] <&Lolth> US specific or international? Speaking as, ahem, non-US citizen.
[20:12] <~Dan> Lolth is a member of our surprisingly large Finnish contingent. :)
[20:12] <+LukeQuestCasting> all over the world
[20:12] <~Dan> (You know. Where they actually speak Elvish.)
[20:13] <+LukeQuestCasting> haaha
[20:14] <~Dan> Do you try to find people who will make particularly good heroes and/or villains within the context of the show?
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[20:14] <~Dan> (Because, if you need a villain, boy, do I have a doozy for you...)
[20:14] <+LukeQuestCasting> we are looking for all aspects
[20:15] <+LukeQuestCasting> if you want to be the hero you can but if you find it more fun to be evil we would love to talk to you as well
[20:15] <+LukeQuestCasting> I gotta get going tho guys
[20:15] <+LukeQuestCasting> nightly meeting for work
[20:15] <~Dan> Ah! No problem, Luke. Thanks again for stopping by!
[20:16] <~Dan> I'll have the log posted shortly and will send Jasmine the link.
[20:16] <+LukeQuestCasting> PLEASE EMAIL : and mention you guys met here in the chat room
[20:16] <+LukeQuestCasting> great
[20:16] <+LukeQuestCasting> DONT MISS OUT ON THE CASTING
[20:16] <~Dan> I know I won't. :)
[20:16] <+LukeQuestCasting> THE QUEST IS GOING TO BE AWESOME
[20:17] <~Dan> I have no doubt. :)
[20:17] <+LukeQuestCasting> awesome guys have a great night
[20:17] <~Dan> You too!
[20:17] <~Dan> Do you have to run as well, Jasmine?
[20:18] <+Jasmine> Yes
[20:18] <+LukeQuestCasting> remember email to tryout for the quest
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[20:18] <+GenoFoxx> bye
[20:18] <~Dan> Okay! Have a great evening!
[20:18] <+Jasmine> Thanks you too! Thanks again for your time
[20:18] <~Dan> Our pleasure!
[20:18] <~Dan> I'll send you that log shortly.
[20:19] <+Jasmine> Sounds good

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