Month: July 2013

An interview With Screenwriters Joseph and Billy Pepitone

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Joseph and Billy Pepitone are the writers of the new film Stuck in the Middle, which was produced by Diamond Jesus Productions; here is a link to the trailer:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD5nCr-T86Q

 

Q:  What is Stuck in the Middle about?

JOSEPH: Stuck in the Middle is a comedy about a slacker who is in a dead-end job in a mailroom. He accidentally kills himself in a self-gratification experiment gone wrong. He winds up in Purgatory where he is put in the mailroom. He falls in love with his boss and with the help of rest of his dysfunctional co-workers he has to stop a real estate mogul from buying Purgatory and sending them all to Hell. Your basic boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy must save girl’s soul and the entire population of the afterlife from eternal damnation.

Q:  What inspired you to write it?

JOSEPH: It came from spending half my life in Catholic school and half my life working in offices. It was what I knew and I thought Purgatory would be a great setting for this kind of mundane life.

Q:  What kind of services does your production company provide?

BILLY: We are writers. We’ve written screenplays and novels and are continuing to work on projects for the future. When a project is ready to move forward than we will put together a team to start making that happen. We’ve worked with some talented people through Diamond Jesus Productions and we look forward to working with them again.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your craft?

BILLY: I am a retired police officer, and I think years of seeing the worst side of people helps your sense of humor. Without it, you would go insane.

JOSEPH: I have written for television networks for years, mostly in promos.  Working on shows and movies gave me a sense of what worked and more importantly what didn’t. It definitely gave me a sense of what we wanted to do and the kind of movie we wanted to make.

Q:  Assuming that there really is a purgatory what do you think the main difference would be between purgatory and earth?

JOSEPH: My theory is there is no difference. We are in Purgatory as in the sense that you wish things were better (Heaven) but they definitely could be worse (Hell). That’s the thinking behind Stuck in the Middle.

BILLY: I think Purgatory is like Groundhog Day…the same things happen every single day. So to a degree there is no difference in Purgatory. Heaven and Hell is where the difference lies.

Q:  Who are some off your film making influences?

JOSEPH: I am heavily influenced by Kevin Smith. A lot of Stuck in the Middle comes from Mr. Smith’s style – consciously and subconsciously.  I like Cameron Crowe too.

BILLY: I have a wide range of influences, from the Zucker Brothers to Spielberg to Christopher Nolan.

 

Q:  What do you like about Hollywood?

JOSEPH: I like that there are no boundaries. You can tell a story about Purgatory and who is going to tell you that you are wrong or that’s unbelievable? There are no limitations. Who is to say that it can’t be done?

BILLY: The magic of bringing words on paper to life. There’s nothing like sitting in a movie theatre and becoming enthralled in what you are witnessing. For a couple of hours, you can leave your world and enter someone else’s. That’s pretty cool.

 

Q:  What don’t you like about it?

BILLY: Everything else.

JOSEPH: Believe it or not, some people are not out for your best interest. They seem to have their own agenda. Shocking, I know.

 

Q:  What is your most entertaining show biz story?

BILLY: Meeting Michael Keaton on the set of “One Good Cop.” He broke for lunch and didn’t come back for nearly three hours. The director and crew were not happy, saying all kinds of bad things about him and actors in general. When he came back they greeted him with “So how was lunch Mr. Keaton? Did you enjoy it Mr. Keaton? Do you need a few more minutes Mr. Keaton?” You could see by the look on his face he knew they had been ripping him apart, but he was having fun with it.

JOSEPH: Mark Hamill was cool. I was doing a shoot with him for a cartoon he was voicing and everyone said not to bring up Star Wars. Well, Mark brought it up and loved talking about it. In fact, we had to cut him short so we could start shooting. But he was a terrific, down to earth guy who was amazing to work with. I mean it’s Luke Freakin’ Skywalker.

Q:  What did you look for in casting the lead role in your film?

JOSEPH: I was looking for an exaggerated version of myself. A lot of what the main character does are things that I have done or would have liked to have done or said. Stephen Fontana who is the lead was a friend of a friend who I wanted to get in the film. When he read for the lead, I knew he was it. My brother Billy and my co-director Carlos Duhaime agreed and we got a great performance from Stephen as well as the entire cast.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Blogger Claudia Pickering

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Claudia Pickering runs the blog thedarclaud which is about her creative endeavors. She is the producer and star of the video The Sebring which stars Danny Trejo. Here is a link to her blog:

 

http://www.thedarclaud.com/

 

Q:  What inspired you to start your blog?

A: As a foreigner (I’m Australian), I was looking for a way to display my work so that I had a record for myself and my friends here and overseas. I felt like a blog was a good way to have my work available without shoving it down my friends’ throats and also a great way to quickly direct new acquaintances to my stuff. And San Francisco being such a tech city, it only felt appropriate. And I wanted business cards. With spot gloss.

Q:  What is your strangest LA story?

A: Although running naked (except for Reeboks) across the desert with my creative partner, Anna just outside of LA to shoot the Dead Broke pilot was a strangely liberating experience… and being asked to clear off the front gates of the Playboy mansion by both the security guard announcing himself through a speaker embedded in a rock and the local police was a highlight…

A favourite evening of mine in LA was one where, after attempting to camp in Malibu last minute with a group of friends and having our plans squashed, we rerouted our camping quest into an urban setting by sleeping in our tents and having a camp fire atop my structurally questionable garage roof in the ‘La Brea canyon‘ aka between a bunch of apartment buildings.

Q: How did Danny Trejo become involved with your video The Sebring?

A: So the full story is somewhere on my blog, but in short, my creative partner and I were just hanging around at Mister Cartoon‘s tattoo studio in downtown LA on Christmas eve eve in 2009 with my grandma’s camcorder. We were covered with fake tattoo’s that we’d drawn on with sharpie pens that we kept on for a second day of shooting by showering with our arms and necks covered in plastic Glad wrap (not helpful by the way). Anyway we were trying to get Cartoon to let us shoot our spoof music video in front of his incredible car collection. He said no. In retrospect, he probably didn’t appreciate the fake tats, although we thought we were being hilarious… Turns out Danny did too who happened to turn up as we were leaving the studio, and agreed to get involved. What a legend.

 Q: What is the biggest cultural difference between Australia and America?

A: Out of the following culture shocks I’ve encountered in USA: Lack of Vegemite, toilets flushing the wrong way, expensive Ugg boots, empirical vs metric, guns, excellent tacos, ‘aluminum’ vs aluminium, ‘theater’ vs theatre, very expensive college, lack of dropbears, tons of homeless people, not having Queen Elizabeth on the coins, having dollar bills instead of coins, earthquakes and tornados vs floods and poisonous everything, pronouncing nougat “noo-git” rather than “noo-gah”, pronouncing the ‘h’ in herb, very, very expensive healthcare, fanny meaning bum instead of lady bits, self-made-man/every man for himself vs. mateship, Yelp being amazing, Pacific Ocean being freezing, non-mandatory voting, driving on the right side….

I’d have to say the biggest difference is the tacos.

Q:  What makes a blog followable?

A: Regular updates that are full of visual nuggets and an interesting written perspective. I’ve heard cats are quite effective in generating a following too.

Q:  What is the most interesting thing about San Francisco?

A: The microcosms and microclimates. Driving across the city is like driving through 30 different cities. When driving across the city, I try to be driving out of it to get to some nearby incredible wilderness for some actual camping. Not just urban camping.

Q:  How do you chose what experiences to write about?

A: They really just fall out of my brain without warning, particularly if I’m working on a project. I try to cull things that might be purely self indulgent in an effort to maintain some level of respect for others who might read it. Sometimes I’m compelled to bring back old projects when my memory’s prompted by experiences in my day.

Q:  What do you think causes blonde, white people in LA to talk like rappers?

A: A deep-rooted desire for delicious street cred. Which I clearly achieved. Right guys? …Guys?

Pretty sure Iggy Azaelia is gonna thank me for being her inspiration when she wins her first MTV award. Not 100% sure, but pretty sure.

Q:  What is Winning Formula about?

A: Here’s the synopsis… it’s about a concise is I can get.

https://www.facebook.com/winningformulamovie/info

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Tourist Trapped Host Jeff Weinberg

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Jeff Weinberg is a  comedian who has a travel show in YouTube called Tourist Trapped which focuses on getting side tracked when traveling; here is a link to the pilot episode:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpqgcdw-C_s&feature=youtu.be

 

Q:  What inspired you to start Tourist Trapped?
A: I guess you can say it originally started at any concert or football game where you are having such a great time tailgating that you don’t even care if you see the show or go to the game!  After going to Sundance Film Festival for several years and NEVER seeing a film, I realized that it is the revelry surrounding these events that make the events so awesome to attend!
Q:  What makes it different from other travel shows?
A: While I enjoy many of the travel shows on TV, they all seem to get a bit monotonous with no sense of adventure and certainly little humor.  Most are very nice and friendly, I wanted to do something that is edgy, with less ass kissing so to speak and really challenge the people and landscape around me.

Q:  What kinds of places attract your attention?
A: Great scenery is a must, whether you’re on a beach or a mountain.  They are both extremes.  The ocean is so vast and powerful, it puts you in awe of you own insignificance  and makes you realize just how powerless you are.  Mountains all seem to have their own personalities  with so much beauty, it really puts you in touch with nature…and whatever breed of creation you subscribe to ~
On both a personal and professional level, I love to see people finally let loose!  So I like to go to places where people go, to watch them and interact with them, learn about them, and sometimes mock them because we are so very different.  It’s great to see so many people come together for a common purpose of sheer enjoyment.  At that moment in time, for all of those people, that place is the center of the universe, and that’s a cool thing to see, even though there are several other centers of the universe happening at the same time.  For everyone that worked their butt off and trudged through hell and high water to get there, there are 10’s if not 100’s of people that wouldn’t go if you paid them; but these people are here, now!  They are committed to their cause!  That too is a cool perspective for me.  Ultimately though, it really doesn’t matter where you are, it’s whom you’re with… even if your alone!

Q:  What is your strangest travel story?
A: Being deported from Canada is always highlighted in bold on my resume!  On the way to Toronto headlining a comedy gig, a chick with a dick at the border stopped me, ran my info and discovered a minor infraction committed many years earlier.  I spent the weekend at a makeshift Canadian jail with a bag of weed stuck in my ass.  They made me pour out the bottle of duty free vodka I had purchased 10 minutes earlier.  Imagine, no vodka allowed in jail, and that wasn’t going in my ass!  My parents, attorney, and comedy club agent spent the better part of a day with US consulates and the Canadian embassy in a futile attempt at releasing me.  Nonetheless, I missed my weekend gigs, only to go to court after the weekend and being deported for attempting to illegally enter their country.  The real brains of the Canadian government  unveiled itself after court when, they dropped me off on the US side of the border in Buffalo but my car was impounded in Canada and, since I was deported from Canada I was not allowed to retrieve it!  Only because I had contacts in Buffalo from working their comedy club the weed earlier, was I able to call someone to come pick me up and they were able to then go and get my car.  That entire encounter from the same country that invented hockey, but took close to 100 years later before they invented the goalie mask!  So, I have that going for me….

Q: What kind’s of day jobs have you had and how have they influenced your perspective on things?


A:
I have never really been able to hold a job.  I can barely hang a shelf!  Want it done wrong?  Hire me!  When I did work, it was sales related, and that was a loooong time ago.  At an early age, I had some success in sales, and, i was funny, and at a certain point I realized that it didn’t matter what i was selling, people bought me.  They bought me because they trusted me, and they wanted hanging out with me because I put them at ease and made them laugh.  They were going to buy that product anyway from somebody.  At a certain point, i figured I would just eliminate the product and just sell me!  It’s a long term avoidance of customer service!

Q:  Where will we see you go for the first few episodes?
A: Probably not Canada for the first season anyway!  We are doing a full show at Sundance, the Kentucky Derby, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally just to name a few.  I like to attend a wide range of events, some I would not instinctively seek out; and i like to fit in wherever i go… if they’ll have me!  There’s something special about being a tourist, but passing as a local!

Q:  What, in your opinion, is the biggest tourist trap vacation destination in the US?
A: Gotta be Disney, but it’s worth it!  It really is the happiest place with very little evil.  You’re so happy there you’re just happy to pay anything for everything! .

Q:  Are you compensated for featuring certain businesses on your show?
A: No way, I never know where I’m going to end up, although I may have certain places on my radar.  If business are paying me to feature them, it may not reflect the true vibe of the scene.  While I can’t help getting sucked in by certain forces, I also like to focus on the local culture and get their perspective on how the event affects them.  It is their territory that is being invaded and while at times I’m a bull in a china closet, I also have to be a fly on the wall at the same time.

Q: What causes wander lust?
A: Adventure and boredom!  As humans with all of our bonus senses and emotions, I think the desire to discover, explore and be stimulated keeps us alive with a sense of purpose.  We look forward to something and that gives us hope.  Without hope and dreams, we are dead spiritually!  When we are dead, we are bored…. and usually boring!  There are of course some exceptions where people have become more interesting after their death, but, I’m not counting on that for me!  Even the best places that seem like utopias when you first arrive, can become cumbersome with the onslaught of a ‘been there, done that” attitude.  Everyone has different levels of stimuli so, it’s sort of relative.  If the sign says Do Not Enter, I want in!  It’s also great to see so many different places because, while they are all so very different, they are all so very similar!  People are people, there are nice ones and jerks everywhere… even at Disney!  I like to be sarcastic to the nice ones,  and make the jerks realize they’re jerks…but not until after I’ve left!

Q:  What is the most underrated vacation destination?
A: Your back yard with family and friends….

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Media Personality Anthony Jackson

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Anthony Jackson is a “media personality”, who interviews celebrities in his website; here is a link to the site:

www.inthelighttv.com

 

 

Q: What is inthelightTV?

A: InthelightTV is a blog and Media Outlet under Street Life Studios that specializes in topics such as TV/Film, Music, Style and fashion and entertainment news. It also gives artist a platform, who are trying to make it. InthelightTV is new but you should be seeing and hearing a lot more of it very soon.

Q:  How did you first come up with the idea of doing interviews with entertainers?

A:  I love the industry and everything about it. The fact that I can get first hand of what entertainers are thinking, and ask them questions that are real and everyday questions is what got me wanting to do interviews and going behind the scenes. Seeing Ryan Seacrest, Nick Cannon, Mario Lopez and even Terence Jenkins made me want to do this profession.

Q:  Why do you think people are so fascinated with the profession of acting?

A: Well I think people are fascinated because you can enter into a world that is not real. What I mean is when your acting, your becoming something or someone your not. People are seeing you as that character and not your self. So the fact that you can portray different people and get the audience to actually believe you are that person is really the fascinating part.

Q:  Who was your most challenging interview subject and why?

A: Most Challenging interview Subject was GarriLamont. He is a veteran photographer, based out of NJ and he treats his still pictures like motion pictures. Each movement that he captures has a story. So asking the right question to bring that energy so he can tell his story can sometimes be difficult.

Q:  How do you go about procuring subjects for your site?

A:  I try and see what the latest news is that is out, I have to know for sure that it is truth and not gossip. I do not put gossip out there because they have enough tabloids out there to do that. Anything that is eye catching or I feel should be talked about, I research then I write about it in my own words.

Q: What sort of day job do you have and how does it affect your work as an interviewer?

A: I work at a flower shop with my uncle and it actually does not affect me at all. I work there 3 or 4 days a week, get out earlier then head to Street Life Studio which is my friend and business partner Manny Oliveiras studio.I work there full time. So I am always around the art and people come in there all the time, so I always have new people to interview.

Q: How would you define a “media personality?”

A:  Media Personality to me is someone that’s more than just an interviewer. Media personality is what it says. You have to have personality to engage in the entertainer and get the questions you want out of them. With no personality, they give you basic answers. With personality there comfortable so they expand more on their answers. Media personality is someone who has the ability to interact with entertainers on another level.

Q: What makes someone want to be famous?

A:  People want fame because of how fame portrays itself. People want fame because they see the big houses, they see the red carpet events and the perks that come with it, so they try everything to get into it, Let me just say this if it’s not your passion and you’re doing it for fame, GET OUT OF IT QUICK. Yo

ur doing it for the wrong reasons and it catches up to you. People want what these stars have but do not want to put the work in.

Q: Why New York and not LA?

A: I actually live in NJ, Go New Jersey! lol no but seriously I LOVE New York. I love being here, the four season weather pattern, the people. They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere. Street Life Studios is in Hoboken NJ which is 5 min away from NYC so until we get another location, which will probably be in LA then I am here. I know to take my acting career to the next next level I might have to move, but for now Ill travel to La and live up here. I Love the east coast!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview with Post5 Artistic Director Ty Boice

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Ty Boice is the Artistic director of the Post5 Theater in Portland, Oregon; here is a link to the Post 5 website:

http://www.postfivetheatre.org/

 

 

 

Q:  How did you become involved with the Post5 Theater?

A: I founded the theatre in November of 2011. I was a resident here at Milepost5 and often worked on text in our centrally located courtyard. I remember it hitting me all at once: it was gorgeous, intimate and felt alive incredible venue for outdoor Shakespeare. I went out several more times and daydreamed. After about the third time, I knew what I needed to know. It was a simple, conclusive and very exciting. I called up my two of my best friends, (who also happened to be brilliant actors) – Orion Bradshaw who had just finished a season as at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And Alex Klein, who was working consistently in Los Angeles. I pitched them on producing an abridged, con-temporized, Portland specific Romeo and Juliet. They loved the idea, a few months later we were holding auditions.

Q:  The theater is heavy on the Shakespeare; what made you interested in his work?

 

A: As an actor, your job is made infinitely easier and more fulfilling when you have the privilege of working on good text, Shakespeare is the very best. He represents the human condition beautifully. His plot lines (borrowed or not), his characters, his language. It’s heightened, but most of it is timeless.

Q: What is the biggest advantage of working in a black box?

 

A: “Concealing the mechanism” nuance and realism is much more obtainable. It’s intimate, it’s about as close to film acting on stage as you can get!

 

Q:  What is the biggest challenge?

 

A: Of working in a black box? See above! You’re under a microscope. There’s no room for “tricks,” but only truth with your scene partner.

Q:  From The Bible to Shakespeare to Hollywood; nothing sells like violence. Why do you think people find violence so entertaining?

It’s drama. Unfortunately, violence is a bi product -revenge, wars, ambition all of it. Death, loss and injury all make for compelling pathos, and even comedy.

 

Q: Almost everyone I know says Hamlet is there favorite Shakespeare play and according to About.com it is his most popular. What is it about Hamlet resonates with people?

 

A: Again, the human condition. Shakespeare’s Hamlet personifies what it to be human. Doubt, ambition, and familial obligation/expectation it’s all there in one young man’s journey.

Q:  What is your strangest backstage story?

 

Once in The Grapes of Wrath an angry mob was supposed to come out and beat Tom Joad up (me). They were busy playing cards in the green room and missed their cue and subsequent entrance- idiots! :). One ensemble member came running our late. There was an improvised fight, it probably looked terrible and wasn’t very safe. They all bought me drinks after the show for “leaving me hanging.”

 

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?

 

A: I am a full time theatre artist, I am fortunate to not have a “day job.”

 

 

 

Q:  What sort of background and training have you had?

 

A: I graduated from the Portland Actors Conservatory – a two year certificate granting program.

 

Q:  What is the key to making Shakespeare accessible?

 

A: YES: DROP THE PRETENSE!!! These plays are opportunities for living documents, not dusty museum relics. I actually don’t understand why people still perform Shakespeare in period costume and setting. It makes timeless ideas, themes, plots and characters less relatable.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Las Vegas Escort Jesika Jamez

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Jesika Jamez is a professional escort and adult entertainer in Las Vegas; here is a link to her Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/JesikaJamezFanPage

 

Q:  How did you get into the escort business?

A: The day I turned 18 a friend of mine introduced me to an adult webmaster that wanted me to model for his website and do live cam sex shows. While working for him I met another girl that brought to light that he was keeping over 75% of what I was making. I’ve always had a high sex drive so I figured if I’m doing this webcam thing and making money for someone else, why not do what I like and make money for myself and support the lifestyle that I wanted my kids to have. Working a minimum wage job wasn’t gonna keep us in a nice house. Not in Vegas anyway.

Q:  What is the strangest request you have ever had from a client?

A: Every request has something strange about it. So much until fact that it would probably be easier to tell you the least strangest ha ha! I specialize in fetishes both in my modeling/film work and my night work so I get a lot of weird ones. The top three have got to be, Wrestling, Stinky feet facial massage, and the one I just couldn’t bring myself to do, one of my regulars repeatedly asked me to take a poo on him or let him film it coming out of my butt. I’m sorry but there’s no way on God’s green earth I’d ever do anything involving feces ever.

Q:  There are a lot of escorts in Vegas; how do you rise above the completion?

A:  I’m real period! I don’t edit my pictures, I am 100% independent, I don’t have baggage or drama and I am honest. People can tell that from my ads and when they meet me I always get compliments regarding my straight forward attitude and being exactly as I advertise to be.

Q:  Prostitution is illegal in Clark County and is only legal in brothels in the state of Nevada. What is the difference between a prostitute and an escort?

A:   A prostitute has sex with her clients and leaves. An escort hangs out, has a few drinks, goes to dinner and shows, takes her clients sight-seeing and all in all is more of a friend/companion then just a used up piece of meat. And if she’s good and I mean real good then 9 times out of 10 will never have to even get in bed with her clients.

Q:  What is the most memorable event you have ever attended as an escort?

A: The most memorable event would have to be in 2007 I attended a client’s birthday party with him and his girlfriend. He was a rock star wanna be and wanted to show off with 2 girls on his arm. I was there maybe an hour before his girlfriend got so drunk she wasn’t responding and we left. I made $1300 for that gig and did nothing more then show up.

Q:  You do “sin city style massages”; what does that entail?

A:  A Sin City style massage consists of actual massage therapy which I am certified in with a sexy twist. Either topless or nude or wearing something specific requested by the client. Typically there is a happy ending but most of the time it’s handled by them while watching. E dance or do something they ask for me to do that gives them a helpful visual.

Q: . What else do you do in the adult industry?

A:  I am a model for 3 different websites as well as my own. I also do film work in which I’ve starred in about a dozen or more productions. As a matter of fact I just finished one last week. I keep my Jesika Jamez Facebook page up to date with all if my projects.

Q:  Do you believe prostitution should be legal?

A:  Prostitution should be legal with taxable income just as any other profession. I think if it were legal it would be safer. A women should have the right to do as she pleases with her body and not fear prosecution for it. As should a man who doesn’t have time for a relationship but wants to have a sexual encounter during his free time while helping a girl out in a mutually beneficial arrangement should not have to worry about being busted for it.

Q:  What do you like about living in Vegas?

A: The only 2 things I honestly like about Vegas are that nearly every establishment is 24 hours and that I am socially accepted here. All of the other places I’ve lived the people always pass judgment on me for my tattoos, piercings, or my pink hair, which I might add has boosted my modeling and escort business by nearly triple of what it use to be.

Q:  What would you change about Vegas if you could?

A:   I would change the shady ass people that populate this city. That will never change though. It will always be the Sunny Place for Shady People! Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Director of Audio Michael Thor Lengies

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Michael Thor Lengies is a Director of Audio; here is a link to his website:

http://www.directorofaudio.com/Site/Intro.html

 

 

Q:  What does a Director of Audio for film do?

A: A Director of Audio for Film creates a distinctive sonic signature.
It’s basically similar to what old school Music Producers did for
recording Artists of the day, allowing them stand out of the crowd.

Although popular in a bygone era, Director of Audio is a position that
seems lost in today’s world of breaking down disciplines into its
smallest tasks.

However, someone with a unique sonic vision can really open up this
untapped frontier in Filmmaking. Unfortunately I can’t come up with a
more recent equivalent but think of what producer George Martin did
for the sound of The Beatles.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

A: Well, I started life as a Rock Star and it’s been pretty much downhill
from there.

Joking aside, in my youth I toured extensively, then owned and
operated several Recording Studios, working professionally as a
composer and Music Producer before entering the world of Film and
Television a few decades ago.

With the experience gained in various film making disciplines, I
understand the complete process. My decade in military electronics and
education in business management, helps me understand production
issues and cost reduction, as few can.

Q:  What is Sweeps about?

A:
Sweeps is a sarcastic poke at reality television. Its flamboyantly gay
lead, played by Drew Droege, imagines the various tedious causes for
his dismissal from Trial Network and eventual fall from grace. It’s
clever and a well-written piece by Patrick Tobin.

Q:  What was the most challenging thing about directing the audio for that film?

A: Unlike most productions, Sweeps went smoothly and since the audio
portion was a one-stop-shop, I had no one to blame but myself for any
sound issues. Aside from the usual distractions of planes, trains and
automobiles, the shoot was a total pleasure thanks to the talented
crew whom I’d worked with before.

Q:  Why should my readers hire a Director of Audio instead of just
doing their own sound?

A: Audio is the real untapped frontier in Filmmaking.

Unfortunately, Film audio remains a piece meal process, largely as it
has for most of cinematic history. The results are, for the most part,
boring and predictable.

The potential impact of the film’s audio, is clear to me from the
first time I read the script. From those pages, I create a unique
vision that respects the full array of emotions and dimensional space.
These elements are reflected in my location audio recordings and,
combined with ambience, tonal flavors, special effects, and the music
score, undeniably embellish the final Mix.

The biggest benefit to my approach is that film production costs
rarely increase and in fact, can sometimes be significantly lowered.
Bottom line, you’ll get a bigger (ROI) return on investment by simply
allowing your Director of Audio control, direct accountability and
creativity.

Q:  What is your oddest behind the scenes story?

A: I don’t want to mention names or the production but shooting a rape
scene, with a real 45 magnum ,in a highly patrolled LAPD area at 3pm,
without lights or permits, comes to mind. Loaded guns pointed at me
always remain an oddity, regardless of the frequency of occurrence. It
seems to happen to me in Texas quite often. Must be my charm.

Q:  What do you like about the film industry?

A: I like the opportunity for real artistic creativity. With a small but
talented crew, the potential to create a cult masterpiece is always
there.

It’s like a drug, I need continuous hits of creativity to keep going.
Thankfully, I’ve been lucky to hook up with a few producers that have
seen the light.

Q:  What would you change about the film industry?

A; How do you change solid rock? Without trying to offend anyone, I feel
this industry and the related film schools create masses of generic
clones that barely understand an ever-shrinking part of the process
and extremely little about the big picture.

I’d recommend that new comers to the film industry avoid film schools
and union productions, until they’ve spent at least a few years
creating their own films with cheap cameras, a laptop with basic
editing and an absolute minimal crew. Do not recreate what already
exists, but explore the unknown and let an audience find you because
you are that “one of a kind” film maker.

As for spreading the good word, I try to educate whoever will listen
on every production I encounter. If you’re curious, just ask.

Q: Is there a particular film that you have seen that made you want to
fix the sound? (which one?)

A: Tough question. Only one? I’ve heard audio disasters in everything
from your average Independent Film on Netflix to James Bond on the big
screen.

I prefer to worry about films that I’m directly involved with.

Q:  What is your favorite sound?

A: Silence.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)