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An Interview with Gerald L. Whaley a.k.a. B.A.M., Creator of Shrader House

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2013

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Your upcoming TV-pilot Shrader House - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Shrader House is a television drama about troubled youth in a Brooklyn group home facing extremely tough challenges against a corrupt system.

 

As I understand, quite a bit of Shrader House is based on your personal experiences as a home group worker. Would you care to elaborate?

 

I have had over 12 years experience as a youth councilor and supervisor. I have seen so much good but I have seen so much bad at the same time. I have written the character Chris Bailey loosely based on myself in the Shrader House. His character really identifies how passionate I am with working with young people.

 

Other sources of inspirations for Shrader House?

 

I think mostly the huge generation difference in today's youth and knowing why there has been a change in behavior. Inspired by finding the answer to the question “WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE KIDS TODAY”?

 

Should the pilot be picked up, what will the series have in store?

 

Without giving it away, I would say that you will get to see the answer to that question “WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE KIDS TODAY”? There is a lot of drama and eye openers to the story that has so much truth about our society. You will at the same time be entertained.

 

What can you tell us about your director Jack Bank, and what's your collaboration like? And considering this is a very personal story, how hands-off do you manage to remain?

 

Jack Bank is an extremely talented individual that saw my vision and immediately we knew he was the man for the job. He is without question a perfectionist and will not stop grabbing “Takes” until he has the right one. Well I’m involved throughout the entire process being that very reason that its very personal to me, but at the same time I let everyone have fun and do what they do. We talk back and forth a lot on set for feedback, it’s a great chemistry.

 

You also play a role in Shrader House - so what can you tell us about your character, and what do you draw upon to bring him to life?

 

I play a character by the name of “UN”, short for Universal. UN is a gunrunner/gang leader from Bedstuy that grew up around the Brooklyn era of heightened crime in the 90’s. He is the local “big shot” that all the young people look to because he takes care of their needs. The way I bring him to life is through knowing people from that era and actual family members that actually lived that lifestyle. I have seen a lot and experienced a lot of the drama that goes on in the streets.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your key cast why exactly these people, and how did you get them?

 

The casting was done by some really talented people in the industry, Jaime Zevallos and Leila Almas. We looked for talent and passion through experience not just only an actor or actress but people who could actually relate to the script in some way. Andre Royo was my personal pick because of the history that Andre and I have. I met him back when he was shooting the 4th season of The Wire. Andre was one of the first people to give Shrader House a shot back in 2007 and has been aboard ever since.

 

What can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The set is filled with multiple settings and is an awesome place to shoot. We have an extremely talented group of individuals. We have a lot of fun, but we handle business at the same time. My DP Karbis Sarafyan and the Director Jack Bank are perfectionists.

 

Any idea when and where Shrader House will be released onto the general public?

 

Right now we are in post-production and we have some really big offers right now that I’d rather not say. But wherever it lands it will make television history for being the first drama series with a concept such as this one.

 

What got you into writing, and script-writing at that, in the first place?

 

Writing has always been in me. My mother named me after the great Langston Huges, so it’s in my blood. I have always been the student in school that loved to write the essay part of the exam. But my good friend Jaime Zevallos pushed me into pursuing it as a career. So when he introduced me to Final Draft I wrote my first screen play called Tulum and it got optioned by National Lampoon/Alien Nitraite Films. So right then I knew it was in my destiny to be a writer.

 

You are of course also known in the hip hop world as B.A.M. - so what can you tell us about your alter ego?

 

I’ve been a part of Hip hop since I was a little kid using the television remote as a microphone. B.A.M. is another person when I begin to record and just recently I have been growing even more as an artist. I believe more now than ever in music with a message.

 

What's a typical B.A.M. recording session like, and what can you tell us about B.A.M. on stage?

 

Energy, Energy, Energy - in a session and on stage. You come to pay for a show that’s exactly what you are going to get. I come from the school of teachers such as M.O.P., Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-1.

 

What got you into making music to begin with?

 

Watching the legendary super producer Prince Paul make beats in his home studio. My friend Mike P was my DJ, and we used to go to Paul's house and he used to let me rap over beats he was making for LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Queen Latifah etc. We recorded demos on top of demos until it was right. Paul and Dave of De La Soul put me in touch with an Executive at Def Jam and that is where I signed my first deal with RAL (Rush Associated Labels/RPM). A year later they got me the record deal with Columbia Records.

 

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I’m a spiritual dude so I have to say GOD is my number one inspiration. The gift that he has put into the artists such as Slick Rick, KRS-1 and Nas are my Hip Hop inspirations when it comes to story telling.

 

And since this is first and foremost a movie site: Your favourite movies?

 

I am a 007 fanatic!! I have every Bond film ever made on Blu-ray in my private cinema at home. Star Wars Trilogy, Grid Iron Gang, Escape From Alcatraz, I Am Legend, MI 1, 2 and Ghost Protocol, (wasn’t wild about 3). The list goes on and on.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Soul Plane, Cloverfield, Be Cool, Batman & Robin, Scary Movie (all of them).

 

Your/your pilot's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

www.shraderhouse.com

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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