October 10, 2011
On entering the interview room we are drawn to Jackson’s bright, trendy cobalt blue shirt which totally matches Aimee’s bright blue heels. She’s in black and he’s in grey. Their stylist has a great coordination gene. The two have been doing TV interviews and the hairdresser is primping up Jackson’s “do”. We comment on his shirt.
Jackson: I really love this shirt.
TeenTV: You guys have been here all day and I’ll bet you’re tired.
Jackson: Yeah, but I like this hotel (the famous Beverly Wilshire where the classic film Pretty Woman was shot). I’m staying here tonight. I’m gonna go around asking random people if they want to ask me questions.
TeenTV: I see this show as part “MacGyver” (old TV show with a hip spy who uses ordinary objects around him to create weapons etc.) and part “Awkward”. Really enjoyed it. Very smart and fast-moving. Jackson you are also a producer, why not aim this at the CW or ABC Family as a series and then do a Facebook interactive connection later?
Jackson: We can’t utilize the personalization aspect of the show on a TV network (viewers can interact on Facebook). The reason I was attracted to the project in the first place is the internet is the “wild West” and I’m a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy with my guns blazin’ and I want to do something new. If we go to a CW it’s the same old stuff.
TeenTV: How will teens get to interact with the show on Facebook and what will appear on screen when they do it?
Jackson: You can watch it from your Facebook account and then your pictures and profiles and writing on your “wall” will appear in the foreground or background. If you want to watch it without that aspect, you can. Your “graffiti” could be on the wall or pictures of friends and family can be in posters. . But, if you personalize it and then watch it on your friend’s computer, it’ll look different. I want to watch it on my mom’s Facebook account. I want to see my mom in it! “Mom! You’re on TV! Look!” She doesn’t know about it yet. I’m gonna call her.
TeenTV: Jackson, what martial arts training did you do for this because you are jumping all over the place. I don’t think Jasper’s action is the same.
Jackson: Oh no it’s not. I’ve studied martial arts as a kid then I did a bit of Kung Fu and Krav Maga on The Last Airbender. Then I kept up my training here and there with these stunt guys that I became really good friends with during the making of that movie. We actually brought them in to be the choreographers and the coordinators for “Aim High”. We were lucky because these guys work on the biggest budget action films there are. They made the show look ultra-bad-ass with their choreography.
Read this entire great interview HERE!